This is an older post about whether or not we, as a free people, should ever allow ourselves to completely submissive to the government. While I wholly disagree with the reasons the people used to justify the unrest that had played out in Ferguson, Missouri over the last couple weeks, it’s plainly obvious that our ordinary police departments are morphing into militaries unto themselves.
Of course there’s a need for law enforcement to have the means to squash a riot. However, that same arsenal is the one that would be used to squash a righteous uprising of the people against an oppressive government.
So I think it’s a good idea to ask the question: are we losing the ability to forcefully resist our government? Should we be?
The Political Left seizes upon every opportunity to limit the access for ordinary citizens to own and carry guns. It’s been a priority of the Progressive movement for some time now. They have a very particular end in mind: to render powerless one of the fundamental purposes the second amendment was supposed to preserve: the ability of the people to forcefully resist a government they believe has become tyrannical. The framers sought to prevent a government from holding so much power that the citizenry was no longer in control of it.
The Political Left doesn’t believe the government should be resisted, certainly not by force anyway. The government is the end of the line, it has the final say. To even speak of forceful resistance is not to be countenanced. In fact, that’s considered a reason to prevent someone from keeping and bearing arms. They don’t seem to believe the citizens have the right to forcefully oppose their government.
Unfortunately, proponents of the principle that the American people have a fundamental right to own guns and resist if necessary are losing, and have essentially lost. What the Political Left has been unable to quell through restrictive legislation, they’ve been able to achieve through raw power of government.
Any group or individual who believes in the principle that the government can and should be resisted if necessary are quickly described as crazy or domestic terrorists. Think about this, what would be reported about a prominent member of the Political Right or self-described conservative who publicly stated either of the following:
- What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.
- I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Both quotations came from the pen of Thomas Jefferson.
I’m not suggesting or urging forceful resistance. But I am saying Progressivism has enabled the government to snuff out any attempt before it gains any traction, and that is dangerous to liberty. You see, we are used to living with liberty for the most part. Maybe not to the same degree as at our founding. But we’ve never lived under rule like that of the USSR, China, Cuba, or the kind of government which led to the American Revolution. Slowly, however, our local police departments have become military forces in their own right. Many use military grade weapons, vehicles, uniforms, and tactics. What purpose do tanks, armored vehicles, and machine guns serve to local police departments if not to protect the government from the people.
The people’s ability to resist a government with too much power is nearly null. Limits on the kinds, capacities, and abilities of firearms has been legislated to the degree where resistance is literally futile. Nearly.
At some point the American people will come to rue what the country has become. They will inevitably realize they are the frog in the boiling pot of water that is their government. Once this realization has taken place, it will be near impossible to turn off the burner.
Even if you don’t believe the government should be resisted, it would behoove the Progressive to leave themselves that option even if it’s never exercised. Can it be a good thing to cede insurmountable power or leverage to any government? People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.