America 2013: Nemesis Rising [Updated Below]
In the latest push by the various governments of The United States to enact severely restrictive gun laws that are designed to ultimately get them out of the hands of law-abiding people, Jeff Goldstein sees some hope:
More government, more red tape, more forms to fill out, and no demonstrable effect save that the government lays ever more claim over individual rights — the very thing that disrupts the incrementalism that has proven so successful for the left and could finally wake people up to government’s real aims. I welcome it, frankly.
The fact that the Left has come out pretty much all the way into the open is, indeed, a good thing. Most people need to be whacked upside the head with a 2×4 before they ‘get it’ and the Left In America is swinging for the bleachers these days — they’re quick cocky. So, I welcome their Hubris, as well [knowing full well that Nemesis will always follow — the question is: will it arrive in time to prevent mass suffering].
The incrementalism of which Jeff speaks has served the Left extremely well over the last hundred-plus years: employing low cunning they have invaded every single institution and infused them all with their acidic ideas. We’ve now reached a point where all of them are on the point of some form of collapse.
By coming out of the closet, as it were, the Left In America has exposed itself much more nakedly and, with any luck, millions will finally realize these tinpot emperors have ‘no clothes’.
Regarding the whole frenzy by the Left to move swiftly to begin the confiscation of our firearms [might as well call a spade a spade — this is exactly what they intend to do], Jeff understands what’s really going on and expresses himself with his usual crystal-clear clarity:
Gun control has nothing to do with crime, or murder rates, or mental health, or protecting children — though there are unquestionably some well-meaning useful idiots whose opposition to gun ownership is based on those factors so easily attached to the debate. It is instead about people control, and more specifically, individual control, with the removal of self-protection and the protection of the family paramount to a final push to make reliance on government all but mandatory.
It is a major landmark on The Road To Serfdom.
But he remains optimistic:
I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating: there are certain states, Colorado attempting to be among them, that are misreading the political atmosphere and are going to overstep, even if they manage to get many of their measures passed. And that’s because those who they are punishing are not passive actors in some governmental morality play — which too often is how the electorate is treated by the political class. There’s more to Colorado than Denver and Boulder, just as there’s more to New York state than merely New York city.
What these political lightweights are hoping to do is pass feel-good legislation that will buy them an easy self-righteous pose. Because they believe public sentiment mirrors that produced by their own insularity and confirmation bias. I don’t believe for a moment they have any idea of the tenor and scope of the pushback they’ll receive should they try to turn erstwhile law abiding citizens into felons while pronouncing themselves moral heroes for having supported government-backed theft.
I have seen a few on the Right lately use the phrase ‘there will be blood’. Indeed, there will be, but only because the Left In America and their Useful Idiots and Dupes will have fully embraced their Hubris.
Nemesis is a bitch.
UPDATE at 1915…
Seest thou how God with his lightning smites always the bigger animals, and will not suffer them to wax insolent, while those of a lesser bulk chafe him not? How likewise his bolts fall ever on the highest houses and the tallest trees? So plainly does He love to bring down everything that exalts itself. Thus ofttimes a mighty host is discomfited by a few men, when God in his jealousy sends fear or storm from heaven, and they perish in a way unworthy of them. For God allows no one to have high thoughts but Himself.