Our favorite Bookworm has produced her best column ever. I hope she’ll permit me a lengthy excerpt:
For several decades, leftism has been that ghost in the American machine. For decades, leftists were the “good guys.” While they were already haunting the Democrat party, they were still invisible. The Democrat party was able to continue to pretend to be the party of the working man. Added to that, it was the party that welcomed feminists, gays and lesbians, and people of all color. It was the ecumenical party that would make the world a better place, through love, acceptance, and healthy diversity.
A lot of conservatives tried to point out that, lurking behind this affable exterior, was a terrible haunting, a monstrous creature that intended to do to America what it had done to Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, and any other place in which it could take hold. It would destroy the Constitution and our rule of law with its powerful ectoplasmic slime and turn us into possessed people, deprived of willpower, individuality, and the desire for liberty. Instead, like Stepford Wives, possessed Americans would robotically go through their days, satisfying those who had learned to control the ghost.
For decades, when conservatives said, “Ghost,” they were treated as…not crazy, but evil: Haters, racists, homophobes, Islamophobes, anti-Semites, misogynists, elitists, and any other insult that Democrats could dish out to hide what they were doing. Because the Democrats controlled the media, pointing out that dumbing down education to make it easier for minorities harmed the minorities in the long run, Democrats cried “racist.” When conservatives argued based on 100% of all historic examples that the only governments that wish to disarm people are governments that wish to harm people, they were accused of reveling in death. When conservatives argued that any policy that destroyed the value of the nuclear family, whether it was welfare, sexual excess, same-sex marriage, or a cultural push for single motherhood, Democrats accused them of a whole panoply of wrongthink: racism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. You can make your own additions to this list.
In 2021, though, the left has given us the gift of clarity. The cutting edge of this clarity has proven to be education. Ironically, it was the Democrats’ beloved lockdown that gave parents a glimpse into their children’s classrooms. Suddenly they could see past the decades’ long con of “we love your children,” “we love to teach,” and “we are the most generous, martyred employees in America.” What they saw instead was that a substantial number of teachers and school administrators do not see educating children as a priority. Given the opportunity, they’d collect their paychecks and go home.
Forceful and absolutely accurate from first to last. There is now no excuse for not knowing what the Democrat Party – which is today wholly controlled by the Left – is all about. The Department of “Justice’s” new attempts to prevent audits of the 2020 election and to prevent Georgia from strengthening its anti-election-fraud measures have made that plain. We’ve even had the Pretender-in-Chief tell us that the Second Amendment is useless against the federal government – that we would need “F-15s and nuclear weapons” to bring it down, so why not surrender our guns to the Omnipotent State?
So there are no more masks. Whether the unveiling was accidental or deliberate, the truth is now plain for all to see. Though the price was high, the purchase may have been worthwhile…especially as there’s still more clarity to come. However, the second helping will be clarity about ourselves.
I’ve written more than once that the Constitution’s enforcement arm is the people in arms. If We the People are not willing to take the musket down from the mantel and compel government to conform to the Supreme Law at gunpoint – perhaps with a few educational hangings for emphasis – it has no force. Governments and those who control them are unlikely to enforce any sort of constraint upon themselves or their agents. Lon Horiuchi faced no charges and was ultimately promoted.
Of course, there is Thomas Jefferson’s well-considered qualification:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The question is always “where the red line lies.” Concerning whether We the People could take down the federal government, have a few words from John Wilder:
Abraham Lincoln made the obvious response fairly well:
“All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”
Lincoln was wrong about a lot of things. He was right about a lot of things, too. He is correct about this:
“As a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide.”
Joe Biden could have the armies of the united States get him a drink by force from any river in this land. But Joe Biden and all the armies of the united States couldn’t hold the length of the Missouri or the Mississippi for a single day by force.
The armies of the united States number some 1.3 million men oh, wait people oh, wait, xim/xers. Add in the Reserves? Let’s round WAY UP and call it three million. Total.
There are three million males in Missouri. I pick Missouri only because they recently decided they’re going to tell the Feds to attempt to compact a very large object into a very small space when it comes to firearm laws.
Not all of the three million males in Missouri would be on the side of freedom, since there are always some disgusting gelatinous slugs of humanity that will side with Evil over Truth. But there are enough. And don’t tell me that neighboring states wouldn’t flow in.
No, Mr. Biden. The only one who needs F-15s and nuclear weapons for control is you, you disgusting pile of fake hair, fake teeth, Alzheimer’s degraded brain, who gets his only Father’s Day card encrusted in cocaine dust and whore DNA.
Concerning the possibility of confiscating all the armament in private hands, thus negating any threat of revolt, we have Larry Correia to thank for illumination:
I’ve had a Caring Liberal tell me that the example of Iraq doesn’t apply, because “we kept the gloves on”, whereas fighting America’s gun nuts would be a righteous total war with nothing held back… Holy shit, I’ve got to wonder about the mentality of people who demand rigorous ROEs to prevent civilian casualties in a foreign country, are blood thirsty enough to carpet bomb Texas.
You really hate us, and then act confused why we want to keep our guns? But I don’t think unrelenting total war against everyone who has ever disagreed with you on Facebook is going to be quite as clean as you expect.
There will be no secure delivery of ammo, food, and fuel, because the guys who build that, grow that, and ship that, well, you just dropped a Hellfire on his cousin Bill because he wouldn’t turn over his SKS. Fuck you. Starve. And that’s assuming they don’t still make the delivery but the gas is tainted and food is poisoned.
Oh wait… Poison? That would be unsportsmanlike! Really? Because your guy just brought up nuclear weapons. What? You think that you’re going to declare war on half of America, with rules of engagement that would make Genghis Khan blush, and my side would keep using Marquis of Queensbury rules?
Oh hell no.
The question before us is what it will take for Us the People to throw that switch.
We are not our colonial forebears. Indeed, few Americans now living can trace their genealogy back to the Founding Era. But there are many, many more of us than there were of them. Can our numbers compensate for the decline in our hardiness, our self-reliance, and our willingness to defy tyrants?
It’s unclear. Perhaps we can only know by “throwing the switch” and watching the outcome. But this, at least, is clear: The Usurpers think they have us by the short hairs. They no longer pretend to any degree of allegiance to American principles. Each move makes it less arguable that they intend the complete destruction of the Republic…though to be replaced by what, perhaps even they do not know.
What infamy will cause us to define and declare a “red line?” Once declared, what will we do when the Usurpers cross it, as they surely will? Will we throw our cards down and leap across the table, or will we fold meekly and endure a new serfdom?
Part of the price of clarity, it seems, is more clarity – about ourselves.