August 27, 2011

It's Turned To "11"! Run!

While it is certainly reasonable and rational to be outraged at the Obama Administration's recent raid on the Gibson Guitar Company...What? The Gibson Guitar Company?! You haven't heard about that one? Les Paul is surely spinning in his grave.

This week the Feds raided Gibson, seizing what they claim are woods prohibited by various environmental regulations from importation and use. The most bizarre aspect of their raids seems to be that Gibson is not actually, you know, violating any American laws nor are the Feds enforcing any American laws. The Feds now seem to be enforcing Indian--as in the nation, not domestic indian--laws. Go here for the story.

One of the truly good and Obamaesque parts of the whole sordid affair is that federal agents at our borders have for some time been seizing guitars if they suspect that portions of them were made--even decades ago--with wood that might, under some obscure treaty or foreign law somewhere, be somehow currently illegal, even if the owner could have had no possible way to know that. Apparently the feds intend to continue this practice as well. Guilty until you prove yourself innocent; it's the Obama way!

All I can say is thank goodness Mr. Obama is now focused on doing away with a handful of unnecessary, idiotic and nationally suicidal regulations--while simultaneously implementing literally thousands of unnecessary, idiotic and nationally suicidal regulations each and every year. And thank goodness someone is now dealing with the horrific societal effects of a bit of imported ebony or other semi-exotic woods, whether it's actually illegal or not. No doubt Gibson is responsible for most of Global Warming. Notify Al Gore!

Wait a minute! I'll bet this is just a part of Mr. Obama's never-ending campaign to save or create jobs! I wonder how much a federal guitar raider makes a year? Do they have groupies? Could be a pretty cool gig!

The best way to attack such totalitarian lunacy is through humor, and the invaluable Ironhawk has done just that to magnificant effect. Go here for the musical mayhem. Who knew this whole mess was related to Gunwalker?

With Barack Obama, we really do have to pick and choose our daily outrages. There are just so many. Rick Perry's promise to make Washington DC as inconsequential in our daily lives as possible is sounding more and more like the new "don't tread on me" every day.

Posted by MikeM at August 27, 2011 11:33 AM

It seems mysterious to some people why their competitor Martin Guitar has never had any such problems with the feds, even though they both use exactly the same materials.

If you look at and search for Gibson Guitar and Martin Guitar the mystery starts to disappear.

Posted by: Kevin at August 27, 2011 05:29 PM

There are medications for obsessive/compulsive disorder, I'm wondering when we'll see meds for control freak disorder.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at August 27, 2011 08:56 PM

It was a political raid. Check out donations made to the Democrat party by each Guitar maker and you will have your answer as to why the raid took place. Its called a shakedown.

Posted by: LAZRTX at August 28, 2011 07:45 AM

I guess what it boils down to is this: the Obama administration has made it crime to be a Republican or contribute to Republican that about the size of it????

Posted by: -Kristen McFarland at August 29, 2011 11:33 AM