The Second Amendment: in memoriam
The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.
By accident of birth we were lucky enough to be born into liberty, protected by a Constitution that enshrined into law a Bill of Rights aimed at protecting us from both law breakers and the government itself.
Sadly, the two classes are now indistinguishable — and as that becomes more and more apparent, and society divides into those who will surrender liberty to enjoy redistributed plunder and those who resist it, efforts to destroy the protections granted us in by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights have become the frantic end game of a government that senses just how close it is to wresting ownership of the nation from we the people and granting it to a permanent ruling structure to which we the people will be beneficently subjugated.
Liberty isn’t passed through the bloodstream, as Reagan was wont to remind us. Either we are willing to fight for it or we are not. Me, I’m not ready yet to leave to my children the husk of a once great country.
I’m not certain any longer what form the coming civil war will take. The fact is, it’s easy, during a time of economic growth, to tell people to move — to relocate — and affect the kind of logistically-based soft-civil war that I long ago wrote about (to much opprobrium and some banishment). But today, it’s unfair to tell the put-upon subjects of, say, Maryland or New York or California, to just up and move, because for many, their homes are worth less than they owe, and moving to another state in an economy where the job prospects are dubious is a frightening proposition. They are stuck. We are stuck.
And I’m beginning to believe it’s all been by design, and it’s all been performed in concert.
So what’s the answer?
One idea I keep toying with is relocation within states, then rallying for division from the state proper to form a new state; or if that is not isn’t feasible, to simply form blocs of counties that refuse to recognize the authority of the state government, which in many states, because of a failure to secure our borders and an effort to draw people onto government rolls by way of private sector sabotage through high taxes and onerous regulations, need not be recognized as legitimate or representative: until we can guarantee the integrity of the franchise, we should not assume that the representation we receive is “ours” at all.
This is an idea I know has been toyed with in California, but it never seems to go anywhere. But the truth is, the time is coming that we will need to either shit or get off the pot. To choose liberty or to accept subjugation.
Roll your eyes if you must. Pretend we’re living in the ebb of a familiar historical cycle, and that in the end, all will be fine, working itself out as it always has.
But that’s an illusion born of a contracted overview of history. It can happen here. It is happening here. And what will distinguish us from the rest of history’s cautionary tales, and only potentially so, is what we’re willing to do to stop it.