by N. A. Halkides 3/25/14
The Boy Scouts are not a political or philosophical organization, but like the military they are a very practical one. They are able to deal with such exigencies as a fractured leg or setting up camp because they are prepared for them – hence the Scout motto, “Be Prepared.” We as Conservatives would do well to emulate the Boy Scouts and be prepared for upcoming political crises as the totalitarian Left continues to advance in this country if it cannot be checked either politically through elections or legally through Constitutional challenges to its sweeping and unconstitutional agenda. We must know what the red lines are and have a plan of action in case the Left crosses them, lest we end up like untrained people who when faced with a man whose leg is broken sit around uselessly because they’ve never prepared for such an emergency.[pullquote]We as Conservatives would do well to emulate the Boy Scouts and be prepared for upcoming political crises as the totalitarian Left continues to advance in this country…[/pullquote]
A case in point is the current situation in Connecticut, which for many years has burdened gun owners with onerous restrictions, and where in the wake of the Newtown shootings anti-gun zealots have enacted legislation that, among other things, requires the registration of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and of certain types of semi-automatic rifles. (The legislature uses the deliberately misleading term “assault weapon” in the statute.) Those who violate the registration law may be imprisoned from one to five years and would lose their right to possess any firearm thereafter. These new laws of course bear no relation at all to actual public safety needs and are simply intended to get closer to complete gun confiscation. Those who doubt that should familiarize themselves with The Sandy Hook Advisory Council’s recommendations to Gov. Dan Malloy (D).
Now while it is my personal belief that the attempted registration of firearms by either state or federal authorities constitutes crossing one of those “red lines” which requires actual resistance from those who wish to keep their freedom, the identification of such red lines are not what I’m attempting to do here. I’m not even going to get into too many specifics regarding the types of action that might be taken against the government. My broader points are that red lines need to be identified ahead of time and that when one is crossed, some type of action must be taken. This requires prior thought and preparation. First then is a quick and inadequate justification for the existence of “red lines” in the first place; a more complete rationale will have to wait for another day.
Consider a government which is gradually growing in size and power, reducing freedom bit by bit. It should not be difficult to do so because that is what is happening today throughout the United States and Europe. Let us assume that attempts to halt this advance through Constitutional challenges have failed because the Courts have simply refused to do their duty (e.g. the challenge to Obamacare made by 26 states), and that the tipping point has been reached where there is effective one-party rule because the Democrats, having purchased so many votes through income redistribution and an outsized (and probably unionized) government workforce, can always defeat Republicans running on a platform of individual rights. The people then are given a choice between statist Democrats and equally statist Republicans, conservatism (i.e. classical liberalism) having been effectively banished from the political scene. Let us call this one-party rule of the second type, where the “two” parties are but two competing factions of statists. (One-party rule of the first type would be where only one party is legally permitted to operate. This is more characteristic of communist governments than of Western democracies sliding into totalitarianism). Thus it is impossible to remove the tyrants by elections. What should freedom-loving patriots do?
There are precisely three possibilities: (1) Submit now and continue to submit as complete dictatorship is established; (2) Submit now in the hopes that things will get better, and when they don’t, start thinking about how to resist; (3) Establish clear “red lines” and have a plan of action for when the government crosses them by, for example, attempting to impose censorship or gun confiscation.
(1) is clearly inadequate as it means learning to live under dictatorship. (3) or something very much like it has only occurred once in history – it was called The American Revolution. And (2) is what we have seen in Canada, where once again the issue was gun ownership. More and more onerous rules and regulations were passed, and finally gun owners were required to register their guns with the government. Promises were made that such registration would never be used for confiscation. Gun owners, having no plan of resistance, complied with the registration laws only to find that Left-wing politicians had lied to them (surprise!), and that the registration lists were now to be used to confiscate their guns (the story is on video here). At this point, because they still had their guns, the people could in theory have resisted the government by force. But that is a monumental step, one that would never be taken without planning, organization, and leadership, none of which the people had. With no clear alternative, they surrendered their guns, and with them the possibility of removing the government that had oppressed them, the government that was now completely unconstrained. The only hope for Canadian freedom now is that some political dissent is still permitted, and not all weapons were turned into the government.
England followed a similar pattern. And what has come since should come as no surprise: the other basic freedom, that of speech, has come under ever more concerted attack. Not long ago, a man was placed under arrest for telling a Nelson Mandela joke. And the Labour Party apparently wishes to license journalists, the ultimate purpose of which can only be to muzzle the press.
And this brings us back to the brave people of Connecticut, who in the face of the threat of being sent to prison for five years, have refused to register their guns (50,000 gun owners have complied, while an unknown number, estimated variously at 50,000 – 300,000, have not). All of us should be heartened by the spirit of resistance in this benighted state, where there is effective one-party rule (of the second type, where “Republicans” are all RINOs and Conservatives are powerless). This resistance is the spirit of America, where politicians fear the people instead of the other way around. And yet, while “Molon Labe” (“Come and Take Them”) is an admirable spirit, it is in itself a terrible strategy, for the government may eventually do just that, singling out a man here and a man there for punishment to serve as an example to others. The government may not be able to find the resources to protect you, but it will always be able to summon a half dozen heavily-armed men to break down your door in the middle of the night if it really wants to. Getting into situations where the isolated citizen is pitted against a team of government agents is clearly not the way to go, and for many reasons.
This does not mean the Connecticut Patriots, as I will call them, were wrong to commit civil disobedience – far from it. The first step in fighting this monstrous injustice is indeed to refuse to comply with the gun registration edict, just as they have done. They could not protect themselves through elections, because Connecticut is too far Left (although it will be interesting to see if there are any repercussions at the next election as there were in Colorado, where one gun-grabbing state senator suddenly found himself recalled), and the court challenges to the law have not yet been adjudicated. But because they had not planned in advance – because they were not prepared, as good Boy Scouts would have been – their resistance has been of an improvised character.
So far it has taken the statists by surprise, and the large scale of the resistance presents Gov. Malloy and his ilk with definite problems. Said state Senator Tony Guglielmo, “I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register. If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem.” You certainly do, Senator Guglielmo, and the tragedy is that you don’t realize that problem is your attempt to infringe upon the basic rights of the people of Connecticut. But the trouble the gun-grabbers are having right now does not mean they’re ready to give up.
Suppose that the government attempts to use purchase records or other means to identify gun owners who haven’t registered, and begins to issue search warrants on that basis – what will the Connecticut Patriots do then? They need to come up with a plan of resistance, and they need to come up with it quickly. Some means must be found of resisting and obstructing the government with the object of compelling it (not asking it) to repeal the law. One thing is especially obvious: for any form of resistance other than simple civil disobedience, an effective organization is required.
And what is true of the Connecticut Patriots is true of all of us in America who value our freedom. While the Federal Government is not yet poised to attempt to register guns as Connecticut did, the same thing is happening in New York State with a gun registration deadline approaching (April 15), and a call for Federal gun registration may very well be made within a decade if Democrats take both Houses of Congress. Similarly, our speech rights are already under attack at the Federal level. And then there is the matter of Obamacare, which many of us think is by itself sufficient provocation for nullification, secession, or another revolution.
The Democratic Left is not going away, and they will never give up their goal of establishing a dictatorship in America. Maybe we can still stop them by elections and maybe we can’t – but either way, it’s time to begin planning for the possibility that we can’t. We can be prepared to actively resist a government lapsing into tyranny, or we can be unprepared and disorganized, running around like headless chickens as the darkness falls around us. • (3293 views)