Sound and Fury
Two comments from the scene of the latest outbreak, plus a reader advisory.
Advisory: Read the whole comment string to see Billy Beck's masterful demonstration of a stomp-down.
Somewhere, Kevin and I had an exchange where he asked me for "the plan".
1) We're screwed
2) There's gonna be a fight
3) Let's win
My definition of "win" is pretty simple: leave me alone.
Not being satisfied with taking more than 50% of my earnings each year, the American government in a few short weeks will likely propose legislation to criminalize and then remove my firearms of military utility, along with their accoutrements.
There's a very low probability of defeating such legislation, which may include neither a sunset clause a la AWB I nor any grandfathering of existing weapons or accessories.
I and a whole lot of other folks will not comply.
At that point, the government will face a choice -- lose credibility by doing nothing, or begin the raids that will open a terribly bloody new chapter of our history.
A whole lot of folks are preparing for just that eventuality -- and are simply waiting for the government to make the first move.
When they kill Vanderboegh or other prominent folks...when the rolling roadblocks commence...when there's an obligatory "refinancing" of people's retirement funds into "government-backed retirement accounts"....when the alternative media are being squashed....when the homeschoolers are being raided "for the children"...a whole lot of folks will roll off their fail-safe points and go hot.
And it will be a bloody, tragic mess.
For those who believe that the pure political route is still fruitful, God bless ya. Keep bashing away.
As Codrea says, "CUM ULLA SELLA IN PUGNO TABERNA."
Any chair in a bar fight.
A lot of people at the failsafe point are still making those calls, writing those letters, and marking those ballots, too.
But those same folks also have plans for when the political process irretrievably fails -- even more than it has already.
And there is literally nothing that anyone can do about those plans.
Any attempt at preemption by the state security forces will only light the fuse that much sooner.
And the funny thing is -- those folks just want to be left alone. They don't want to govern a soul.
We're beyond a fix in the near-term. The best possible outcome would be for the new administration to govern from a limited-government, strict construction Constitutional basis.
Anybody want to calculate the odds on that?
I own me. I own my output. I have an unalienable right to defend myself, by whatever means necessary, against predators and looters.
And I am damned tired of my servants in government acting otherwise.
Stay low. Keep moving. Good luck.
Wolfwood: I see this "thrashing about" as potentially useful, if it can be turned into a learning experience.
I do not know a single serious person who has not in the past spent time, money and effort pushing all of the appropriate Civics 101 buttons in the political process.
Many folks still are. I know I am.
I also know what happened when I repeatedly called and wrote -- per Codrea's blog request, BTW -- my Senators re Mike Sullivan, the acting Director of BATFE.
Not even the courtesy of a reply.
Ditto re my repeated calls/letters to both Senators and my Congressman in opposition re the October "No Banker Left Behind" Revolution.
Ditto re my current repeated calls and letters re the December "You Don't Buy Our Crappy Cars, We'll Take Your Money Anyway" Revolution.
I fully expect the same come AWB2 and the rest of the high-speed hosing coming soon from the Bolsheviks.
I'll write, I'll call, I'll agitate...and I'll lose.
I meant what I said above -- I wish nothing but success for the people who still see utility in the political process. In Georgia, we were able to obtain a significant improvement in the state's concealed carry laws this year, over strong opposition and a very reluctant Governor.
So it's not always futile.
But I have accepted, based on my personal experience and the objective record of freedom's defeats over my lifetime, that people who believe in individual freedom, political liberty, the rule of law, and very limited government are a despised minority and are, for all intents and purposes, politically irrelevant on the Federal stage for at least the next two years.
And the next two years bode very ill indeed.
Having accepted those facts, I have done the internal searching and found that it is inconsistent with my personal values to either surrender to or collaborate with the statist coup under way by both political parties for at least the last decade.
Thus: leave me alone. Don't raise my taxes, don't touch my personal property, don't harm my friends, and don't harm any of my fellow citizens exercising their inherent and unalienable rights of speech, assembly, worship, and arms-bearing.
"Shall not be infringed" means just that -- and I don't give a rat's ass what Nino Scalia wrote to get the all-important 5th vote.
The lesson? Work Plan A as long as there is an objectively-reasonable chance of success.
But have the tools, skills, and, most importantly, will to create, practice and execute Plan B when Plan A fails.
And yes, Kevin -- when, not if.
The bad guys hold the high ground. Just look around, as uncomfortable as that makes one.
Good luck all.