COMMENTARY | Former New York Mayor and billionaire anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg revealed a strange motivation for his campaign for gun control as well as against smoking and obesity. He thinks that he is going to Heaven for his efforts.
“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
This remarkable statement was made in context of his pledge to bankroll opposition to the National Rifle Association to the tune of $50 million. But if, as he seems to imply, God is on his side (that he uses the word “if” rather curiously on the question of his existence) then one wonders why he bothers. If God is with Bloomberg, who would dare to oppose him?
History is replete with leaders and politicians who have sought to draft the Lord into whatever cause they happen to be fighting for. Sometimes it is for a noble cause, such as when then President Franklin Roosevelt publically prayed on June 6, 1944 for the men then storming the beaches of Normandy (and good luck to any president who would dare do that again.) Too often, though, people who think they are doing the Lord’s work, in this case trying to violate people’s Second Amendment rights, never end up well.
The Chinese have a concept called “the mandate of Heaven” in which the side in any dispute is in the right by divine degree. The way one find out who has this mandate is to see who wins in the end. Napoleon put it more bluntly, “God fights on the side with the heaviest battalions.”
Bloomberg is hoping that in the gun control debate, God will support the side with the deepest pockets, which is to say the one favored by Bloomberg, and that his reward, besides the joy of seeing the NRA and all gun owners crushed, will be in Heaven. He may wind up with a big surprise when he finally does shuffle off this mortal coil and faces judgment.