Living just south of Cincinnati for the past 19 years, I’ve learned that it is a hotbed for political and moral liberalism. The basis for my characterization of the Queen City as a hotbed of liberalism is based on things like knowing that television talk show Jerry Springer once served as the city’s mayor. The main plaintiff in the infamous Obergefell v. Hodges originated in Cincinnati. James Obergefell and John Arthur went to Maryland to get married and then returned to Cincinnati where they began their legal battle to overturn an Ohio amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman. The local lawsuit evolved into the Obergefell v. Hodges which was the primary lawsuit that went before the Supreme Court resulting in the undermining of one of America’s most foundational moral. These are just a few examples of the liberal nature of Cincinnati, trust me, I’ve seen and read about it for a number of years.
So it should be no surprise to read about Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld’s latest political agenda.
Sittenfeld, a 31-year-old Democrat, has served on the Cincinnati City Council since 2011. A year ago, he announced that he was running for the current US Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman. His campaign website reveals that he agrees with Obama’s war on coal, oil and support of green energy. Sittenfeld, a young white male, supports Black Lives Matter and wants to promote an urban agenda aimed at ‘too-often neglected aspects of public policy.’ He intends to stand up against the NRA and other gun-rights groups.
And finally, his site says that he is for a ‘progressive vision on social issues and civil rights.’ Don’t forget that the term ‘progressive’ or ‘progressivism’ have often been used in place of socialism, but there is a difference according to The Heritage Foundation:
“Both Socialism and Progressivism use government power to control economic outcomes. The methods they use, however, are different. Socialism, strictly speaking, involves the government’s ownership of the means of production in a society. In a socialist economy, there are no private corporations that manufacture goods. All factories and companies belong to the state. Progressivism, by contrast, allows private ownership and control of corporations and manufacturing (thus a private economy and markets), although it does subject them to extensive government administration mostly through heavy regulation as well as other controls.”
Note that although progressivism allows private business, it heavily regulates and controls them, often in a way that counters the American concept of free enterprise.
So far, Sittenfeld sounds like a typically loyal Obamanite. But if you’re not yet convinced, consider his latest move to allow for the further restriction on the Second Amendment rights of Ohio’s citizens.
Prior to 2006, Ohio state law allowed cities to establish their own gun control laws. Cities including Cleveland and Columbus, the state capital, had ordinances banning assault weapons. Then in 2006 a new state law was passed that nullified local laws in favor of uniform statewide laws. The law was challenged in the courts where it was upheld by the Ohio State Supreme Court.
That’s not sitting right with anti-gun politicians like Sittenfeld who just announced plans to propose a constitutional amendment to the state’s constitution that would allow cities to establish their own gun control laws like they did prior to 2006. Speaking to the media, Sittenfeld stated:
“If our amendment passes, Ohio cities and municipalities will once again be allowed to enact the gun reform they want, as long as they’re consistent with the Ohio and U.S. constitutions. We realize that not every Ohio city will choose to enact new gun safety laws, and we are not asking them to. We simply believe that cities wishing to enact common sense reforms should be able to, while those that don’t should be free to keep things as they are.”
“We know it won’t be easy, and we harbor no illusions about being able to garner over 300,000 signatures from registered voters all by ourselves… If we fall short of signatures we need to get on the ballot this year, we’ll keep working to bring our amendment to the ballot next year or, if necessary, the year after that.”
Sittenfeld is facing a difficult battle for sure. Dean Rieck, Executive Director of the Buckeye Firearms Association says that Ohio is a very gun friendly state. He also pointed out:
“(State law) now says clearly that gun laws must be consistent in Ohio and that cites cannot ban something that state law allows. Quite literally, Sittenfeld is proposing a constitutional amendment to prevent the exercise of a constitutional right.”
What’s ironic is the fact that Sittenfeld is a strong supporter of gay rights and supported the Obergefell lawsuit to overturn the Ohio constitutional amendment that defined marriage as the traditional one man and one woman and now wants to pass a state constitutional amendment to deny Ohio citizens of their Second Amendment rights to own and bear firearms.
Knowing how anti-American P.G. Sittenfeld’s views are now as a city councilman, can you imagine what he’ll do as a US Senator?