Skip to comments.James Taylor: Letís sacrifice a little liberty for safety
Posted on 01/22/2013 10:19:00 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Oh, its fun to pick on celebrities who dont know much about the issues on which theyre asked to pontificate and at least James Taylor has the honesty to preface his answer to The Daily Callers Nicholas Ballasy with an admission of ignorance. In fact, he does so twice, when Nicholas asks him about Obamas continuation of George Bushs drone policy and on the executive orders Obama promised on gun control (actually executive actions, most or all of which dont require actual EOs). At some point, its easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor, who must be thinking that hed rather follow Laura Ingrahams advise to just shut up and sing.
Being a good sport, Taylor provides an answer which wont exactly endear him to anyone outside of Obamas orbit:
(VIDEO AT LINK)
Addressing the issue of gun control, singer-songwriter James Taylor told The Daily Caller that Americans need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms in order to keep children safe. Following his performance at President Obamas second inauguration, TheDC asked Taylor if he agreed with Obamas executive actions on gun control. I think the nation is very divided on gun control, Taylor told TheDC, but I think the majority of us feel strongly even the majority of gun owners feel strongly that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if thats the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.
Since Taylor admits to a rather significant level of ignorance on the topic, its not quite clear what he means on this...
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Let’s not, Mr. Taylor.
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin
That would spark some interesting conversations, which should, of course, morph into SECOND Amendment discussion almost immediately. Why don't they care about the Bill Of Rights? Don't they value freedom? Don't the respect the People? Hey, this isn't about the press -- did you think it was? The topic here is guns; so sorry if you misunderstood.
Lets give up automobiles. Public transportation is much safer.
Here’s an idea, James. Why don’t you sacrifice a little of your 1st Amendment freedoms for the sake of safety? I personally think you should have to have all your lousy songs vetted by a government agency before you can sing them.
James Taylor isn’t jumping up and down and trying to be an “activist” or anything - - he was just cornered into answering some political questions and I thought he tried to be diplomatic about the whole thing. This “interview” is worth about a shrug. I like his music and will continue to like his music.
As far as I am concerned, having Taylor perform is an impeachable offense.
Apparently Sweet Baby James has never advanced beyond that stage. Stick with your nasal, whining songs and leave everything else to the grown-ups, Baby.
If Obamugabe issued an Executive Order to confiscate and control all press outlet in the US, would the editors meet Obamugabe’s police force at the door with AR-15s and Glock 9s?
I wish James Taylor would sacrifice his right to be an asshat.
I'll keep my children safe by ...
keeping them safe. Standing by to defend them. Effectively. With firearms. By teaching them to defend themselves. Effectively. With firearms.
If it saves even one life, it's worth it.
Believe me, that's on their agenda for the future. Can't risk some crazy right-wing patriot using a dangerous weapon like a car to run down progressive politicians - plus people with cars can move out of California and take their assets with them before they can be fairly taxed for the good of all. :)
Note how the weasel refers to “sacrifices to our freedoms” rather than the much plainer “sacrifices OF our freedoms.”
And how did Baby James, the pampered preppie, deal with the Viet Nam War and the opportunity he had to sacrifice some of his freedom then, for the good of the nation?
Wiki say: “As the Vietnam War built up, Taylor received a psychological rejection from Selective Service System when he appeared before them with two white-suited McLean [Hospital] assistants and was uncommunicative.”
Takes a real special fellow to bring along his own “men in white coats.”
Sounds like he’s still doing heroin.
Those who beat their swords into plowshares (those who give up their guns), will end up plowing for those who don’t (government) ~ Benjamin Franklin
James Taylor wouldn't give up his car. Not now. Not ever.
Agree. At least James sang America The Beautiful at the Inauguration, unlike Beyoncee who pulled a Milli Vanilli on the National Anthem.
I say we sacrifice a few effeminate hippy potheads for liberty.
Taylor’s Christmas songs suck!
While this is an idiotic statement I remember a LOT here did the SAME thing in support of the Patriot Act. Equally disgusting.
How would he react to “4 down in OHIO?” Should the government be the only ones shooting when the time comes???
The government boys they came for Machine Gun
And took the poor boy away
They stuck him in a hole in Leavenworth prison
Where he lived until his dying day
Get a haircut, hippie! Oh, wait!
Celebrities (Thank you Lord for ‘em!) know everything.
Another useful idiot chimes in.
This is not the first time he's made political comments. Look, this is America, everyone has a right to their opinion, but don't say he was cornered into giving it as he's done so on numerous occasions.
This guy resembles a carrot, now he is showing us he thinks like one.
I admire his recovery from heroin addiction but he hasn’t thought things through. Heroin was illegal but that didn’t prevent him from almost ODing (by his own admission) on multiple occasions. If drug laws don’t prevent addicts from buying drugs, why would gun laws prevent criminals from obtaining them?
I think we should also look at modifying some other amendments have lead to the current chaos.
16th amendment re: income taxes
19th amendment re: women voting
26th amendment re: 18 year olds voting
The 15th amendment might also need some updating to reflect current realities that people that don't contribute to the can effectively vote themselves a paycheck. Although that may be addressed under the 16th.
She did? Coulda fooled me. That didn't sound like an song I am familiar with.
James Taylor has done more smack (heroin) than Keith Richards.....he would be the last person I would want to define “liberty”
Don’t forget the 17th: direct election of US senators, which has done incalculable damage to state sovereignty
And like so may others of his ilk, he never fancies that he'd be on the downside of it. History says otherwise.
I got in an argument with my mother in law over gun control. She of course mouthed the usual “nobody needs an assault weapon” for self defense. Now usually I bite my tongue with her because after all she’s my wife’s mother but this time I snapped. It went something along the lines of this:
Number one, if you don’t like guns DON’T OWN ONE but don’t take away my second amendment rights. Number two, if four gang bangers approach you some night you’ll be raped and killed. I on the other hand have two bullets per gang member with two to spare. Number three, an assault rifle is a fully automatic rifle. Don’t try and strip me of my rights when you don’t even know what the definition of the thing it is you’re railing against.
She shut up real quick.
It's what you're good at.
You are correct, some "common sense" updating to that misguided amendment should also be up for discussion.
Is that true he is a bigger asshat than i could imagine
“Sacrifice a little liberty?”...
Never, Chuckle head!
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.
My response to the “Assault Weapon” argument is this:
Assault is a Verb, not an Adjective; It takes a person, and a decision, to Assault another.
Well, using his addle-brained logic we need to shoot all known gangbangers on sight. They lose their right to breath in order to make it safer for everyone else.
How about that moron?
FUBO & FAD
You go first, James —
That made me noxious listening to him drool over Obama like that.