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Whatcha Ya Gonna Do When They Come For You: Decision Time

11 January 2013 @ 14:46

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.

  1. 11 January 2013 @ 14:56 14:56

    At the rate they are going I will have to worry about this, I really believed this would not happen until my grandchildren were here grown and expecting their children at least. I know that given times as they are now, there is nothing that stands between us and them but our will and our weapons.

    • 14 January 2013 @ 21:10 21:10

      It has fallen to to those of us who are living now, in these times, to bear the burdens of The Founders. The quiet, peaceful, and enjoyable life is being denied us.

  2. indyjonesouthere permalink
    11 January 2013 @ 16:01 16:01

    It is weapons that keep them at bay. If people would look closer I think they would see that the socialists are driven by their inability to continue to buy the votes to keep them in power. Buying the “poor” vote is not cheap and they are facing ever more difficult barriers to taxing and borrowing to buy them. I equate the shrill and emotional outbursts of their leadership AND followers to their realization that they see that the end is near. We are in the information age. Their is no need for their huge bureaucratic workforce in government and this threatens their very survival. As all the cultural institutions change they will be on the outside because they are afraid of the changes and are least able to adapt. Do we really need cities anymore and the amount of government they require. The cities are dying and unsustainable. For an increasing number of people there is no commute…the highway is the internet. Online banking, Amazon, Fedex, Khan academy….and growing every year. The statist aren’t needed. The Bakken is replacing any necessity of dealing with Jihadis. Its like the reverse of the 60’s and Dustin Hoffman. The future is plastic….statists are not

  3. Adobe_Walls permalink
    11 January 2013 @ 17:29 17:29

    “Like the Democrats, the establishment GOP is about one thing: coming up with ways to win elections and secure power.”

    Indeed, in time the raison d’etre of all political parties is to gain and hold power. Revolutionary parties see no need to win elections if they can gain power using other means. Parties form for various reasons, but even when genuinely well intentioned they ultimately succumb to the allure of power.
    Our founders greatest failing IMO was in believing that parties or “factions” were not inevitable and impossible to avoid. There was ample evidence from the English system, and supposing mere admonishment against factions was sufficient was naive at best.
    Wretchard wrote that “democracy is exercised in the space between the parties”. I would add that it is also only viable in the spaces between the parties and government and what Herbert Spencer called “Social power”.
    Given that parties are inevitable and that given time they will always abandon whatever ideals and principles caused their formation in order to win elections; it seems to me that the only solution is their periodic overthrow and destruction. It is a pity founders didn’t foresee this of if they did had no solution to the problem. Of one thing I am certain: both of the current governing parties have existed for far to long to perform any useful service to our liberties or the Republic founded to protect them.

    • 14 January 2013 @ 21:14 21:14

      Damn well put.

      Of course, Founders like John Adams did warn us that The Republic could only survive if a Virtue did.


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