The horrifying headlines were coming so thick and fast this month it was hard to keep up:
- “Feds want your mental health records”
- “Judge says ordinary tools are actually weapons”
- “Hundred of thousands of New Yorkers refuse to register so-called ‘assault weapons’ ahead of April 15 deadline”
- “Treasury now seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents’ decades-old Social Security debts”
- “EPA SWAT team raids gold miners in Alaska”
- “Harry Reid defends ‘domestic terrorists’ comments”
- “FBI visiting gun shops to investigate ‘people talking about big government’”
- “Armed Fed raid prompted by safety rules”
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers ‘more deadly than jihadists’”
- “Legal fight against no-knock SWAT warrants explodes into open”
Believe me, I could add hundreds more. Similar governmental tactics seem to be used in most of these situations: verbal taunting; turning law-abiding citizens into criminals at the stroke of a pen; a strong show of force, often hugely out of proportion to the nature of the alleged crime; an air of violent intimidation; and a suspension of constitutional rights, including First, Second, Third and Fourth (not to mention 10th).
I think it should be fairly clear by now that the purpose of the many government agencies is not to protect us, but instead to intimidate citizens with their Gestapo brownshirt tactics. At some point, something’s going to snap; and when it does, it will be ugly.
I wonder if the government has any idea of what kind of anger is building in Real America? People are saying things like: “We have an out-of-control government which no longer even pretends to serve its people.” “I am starting to hate this government.” “We are just a few degrees away from accusing people of witchcraft and publicly hanging them in the town square.”
It seems atrocity is piling on top of atrocity. It’s getting to the point where there’s rage out there. This can’t go on. Something has to give. And when it does … well, as one person put it simply, “Buy guns.”
You see, I believe none of this is accidental. All the incidents listed above, and hundreds more besides, are clearly deliberate and have a goal of accomplishing … something. The government is poking at the American people. Poke poke poke poke. It’s like they’re trying to goad us into making the first violent move so they can feel justified in retaliating with breathtaking brutality.
What I don’t understand is why they’re pushing us to the breaking point. What kind of deep dark reason do they have to keep taunting and stomping on us in such an unconstitutional manner? Do they want us to snap?
I’ve said over and over again, I’m not big on conspiracy theories; yet our government has demonstrated that even the most far-off whacked-out theories can, in fact, come true. So what are we supposed to conclude by this? Why are citizens – most of whom only want to be left alone to make a living and raise our families in peace – being branded as domestic terrorists whenever we question government tactics? We have an alphabet soup of government agencies (NSA, DOE, FDA, EPA, IRS, DEA, BLM, CIA, FBI, NPS, TSA, DHS, CIA, DNR, USDA, DOT, NFS, ATF, CPS, FEMA, etc.), many of whom have their own SWAT teams… and they call us domestic terrorists?
At some point, it’s going to come to a head. At some point, the government will push too far, and We the People will finally snap. At what point does the shooting begin? At what point will people look an EPA official in the eye and say, “NO. No more. Leave me alone”? I hope and pray it doesn’t come down to a shooting war – I hate violence – but let’s just say it wouldn’t surprise me if it did. And it horrifies me to say this.
The trouble with shooting wars, of course, is that so many innocent people get hurt. But then, lots and lots of innocent people are getting hurt in this “non-shooting” war that’s already been declared against We the People, so I guess nothing much will change.
And yet government seems eager to bring it on. Eager to incite the populace. Eager to have blood on its hands. When a revolution happens, whose hands will be dirtiest? The citizen’s, or the government’s?
I can’t help but examine this long train of abuses and usurpations and then remember how many billions of rounds of ammunition the federal government has purchased – and draw some very uneasy conclusions.
As Capitalism Institute put it, “Many of us have given thought to the possibility of a new American Revolution. While it is certainly not preferable, the nation is reaching a tipping point of unsustainability when it comes to the progressive liberal assault on our Constitution, our liberty and freedom, and our inherent rights. Big government continues to grow to ever greater heights, all seemingly at the expense of normal American citizens and future generations. This can’t continue forever.”
And Brandon Smith writes, “Tyranny leaves lasting scars, and each tyrannical act results in an accumulation of wounds on the public psyche that do not heal. In the end, a single event can become a trigger to unleash a torrent of rage pent up in a population for years or decades. … Do the elites want to stir up insurgency in order to give pretense for a larger crackdown? They very well might. But it is transparent in the way they try to mitigate dissent and offer placation that they do not want a rebellion larger than they can manage. I think it is far too late for that. I think they’ve pi–ed off too many people, instead of just enough people. I think that though most pretend-Americans will do nothing but watch in horror or hide in their hovels, the size of resistance to the tides of despotism is growing far beyond common realizations. And, when this resistance erupts, it will shock even those who fully expect it.”
Please … never forget the prophetic words of Thomas Jefferson: “In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
We have GOT to revive the Constitution. It’s either that or revolution. I vastly prefer the former to the latter.
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(Editor’s note: A previous version of this column contained a quote widely attributed to Jefferson, but which could not be verified).