Along with the seasonal absence of sun, this Yuletide has been glum here due to some of the lessons learned in 2010.
Against much advice to the contrary, Dan and the rest of Restore The Constitution crowd were able to stage successful, legal, safe armed protests from Virginia to North Carolina to Georgia to Alabama to New Mexico to Texas to Pennsylvania.
Having proven the concept's viability in April on the banks of the Potomac, attendance actually dropped over time, to the point where in the Second Amendment bulwark of Pennsylvania, one man -- one man -- showed the flag at two separate events.
Deep gratitude to all who did show up.
And I also understand the reasons why many who might have attended did not.
But here is the unmistakable lesson I have drawn from the RTC experience in 2010:
People -- for good reasons and bad -- are too afraid to attend legal, safe assertions of First and Second Amendment rights.
In my view, that means the likelihood of more robust assertions of basic human rights in 2011 and forward are, at least at current course and speed, very slim.
Hence, the political path perhaps becomes more viable -- not because any of its inherent defects have been removed, but instead because the other two options (personal secession and outright rebellion) have equally low probabilities of launch, let alone success in the current battlespace.
Read Kerodin's support of that argument (and disregard the refs to CA).
Denial of reality is no way forward.
But it sure leaves one cold on a dark December day.