Whatcha Ya Gonna Do When They Come For You: Decision Time
Well, the Leftists in power are coming for us, for our most cherished freedoms and liberties [with generous assistance from the Useful Idiots of the GOP and elements of the punditry of the Right*], so it’s time for us to make a decision on if and then how we’re going to react to and resist their Tyranny.
Jeff Goldstein puts it much better than I could, along the way explaining how the Left operates [this is well-worth quoting at length]:
The Left uses occasions and ginned up crisis — which they themselves often create or enable through prior failed policy — to call for ever more control. Though not over criminals: I mean, don’t illegals commit violent crimes at a high rate? Don’t they add to the carbon footprint and pollute the air and water as much as any suburban Republican? Of course. But they are a client group of the left, necessary to the securing of power. So they are exempt. As is David Gregory. It’s a quid pro quo arrangement, made possible by a breakdown in the rule of law.
The left studiously ignores the facts while working to create images and emotional appeals. It offers appeals to authority by calling on leftist experts or timid Republicans who’ll back their cause. When in power, it uses the levers of power to “nudge” big corporations to back its plays. And it creates theater, intended to demonize the opposition, in which Alex Jones, rather than say, Glenn Reynolds or John Lott, becomes the face of the pro-2nd Amendment movement.
Later fact checking is irrelevant to them. They run on image, perception, and a manufactured consensus that allows them to argue what isn’t so repeatedly and without fear of reprisal. The ends justify the means — and the means to this end, neutering the second amendment, requires a repetition of lies, and the tethering of legal gun ownership among non-criminals to the criminal behavior given wide media optics.
They operate on mirage and demagoguery. They prey on the low information voters and those who believe they’re in on the con — but who will later be cut lose, recognizing too late their useful idiocy. History has shown this over and over again.
The Left has to ‘operate on mirage and demagoguery’ because when people are confronted with the naked face of what exactly Leftism is, many instinctively recoil, even some of the low information types.
More from Jeff:
And it was our Constitution alone that kept us immune.
Which is why we no longer hear much about a “Living Constitution”; instead, we hear calls to scrap the Constitution all together. Presumably to replace it with the “We’ll do what we please” Declaration of a Return to Tyranny favored by the New Left.
Liberty needs to be fought for. And the time is coming when we might have to make a decision similar to the one made by our own founders. Which is not a call to violent insurrection. But it may include such things as states rejecting politicized SCOTUS rulings, embracing their own State constitutions, and denying the federal government jurisdiction or authority over, for example, border control, or education.
We avoid making the decision at the peril of our freedoms and liberties.
It is time to decide what are you going to do…and then begin acting.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there ‘s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
—King Henry V, Act iii. Scene 1.
When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun
When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting on death row
You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you’ll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton
—The Clash, Guns Of Brixton
Resistentiam Tyrannis nunc.
Resistentiam Tyrannis saecula.
[Resistance to Tyranny now.]
[Resistance to Tyranny forever.]
* Regarding the Useful Idiots, Jeff nails them down:
It’s time we face facts: their opposition to big government is,
among the establishment, a GOP party pose — a bit of theater
to pretend that we still have a two-party representative republic,
a way to raise money and bilk those who refuse to acquiesce
overtly to the statist agenda and, desperate, go looking for a
voice in government. Like the Democrats, the establishment
GOP is about one thing: coming up with ways to win elections
and secure power. That they are remarkably bad at it is just
a final bit of delicious irony.