Two weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “Shock the system: Just one example of how the government could lose a civil conflict.”
It was written after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, acting with the NY legislature, violated the New York State Constitution by ramming through the NY SAFE Act without giving legislators time to read it, or for constituents to respond.
This clearly unconstitutional act was a brazen assault on the rights of citizens, and inspired the head of a New York Sheriff’s PBA to blast the governor and legislature in an extraordinary letter I posted yesterday, where he pointed out the naked unconstitutionality of the law, and the dangers it posed to the law enforcement officers stuck between dictators and a citizenry that quite frankly intends to ignore the law.
“Shock the system” was written with one explicit goal: to remind those elected officials (in New York in particular) that their powers are not unlimited, and that all humans—not just Americans— have a natural right of rebellion against tyranny.
This right is no small thing. It is a right well-theorized by the giants of western political theory such as Locke, and of the common law such as Blackstone, both of which heavily influenced our own Founding Fathers. This right was part of the philosophical justification for the American Revolution.
The bright red subtitle of the article clearly states that an attack on the power grid is just one example of how citizens could strike back against a tyrannical government. Is the idea of an example that hard a concept to grasp? I didn’t think it was. After all, such examples are hardly a novel concept; attacks on power systems have long been a standard component of warfare during the 20th and 21st centuries. I simply gamed out one scenario—using an example broadcast on the popular cable television show Doomsday Preppers, at that—and thought little of it.
It was, alas, too much for a number of delicate leftists, who tend to be both poor at both history and reading comprehension. Most are harmless coffee shop employees, but at least one of them works for a “fusion center” in the northeast, and got the vapors over the article.
Unfortunately for her, there are more patriots than poorly-educated tyrants even in this government, and one of them leaked the contents of her hissy fit:
Militia Extremist Suggests Targeting Power Grids
The [agency deleted] assesses with medium confidence based on extremist chatter, open source reporting and historical trends, that power grids, which represent a vital sector of U.S. Infrastructure, continue to be an attractive target for extremist groups or lone offenders seeking to carry out attacks that would have a major impact on the economy, as well as furthering their ideological agenda and long-term strategic objectives.
In response to new gun-control laws passed in New York on 15 January 2013, a militia extremist posted an article which provided an example of how the government could lose a civil conflict.
Follow the link above to read the rest.
Frankly, I’m not at all surprised to hear leftists make such statements, as they tend towards rabid hyperbole and gross overstatement as a matter of course. Nor am I remotely surprised that the author of this missive decided to cut and paste selected sections of the article, ripping it completely out of its clear context. I expect these sort of comments from stoned 20-year-olds on their Tumblr blogs.
What concerns me is that this individual has apparently been appointed to a government job.
We pay for such idiocy.
Fortunately, her peers think so little of her work that they made it public to shame her, as well they should. An apology from her and her supervisor for the misrepresentation would be nice, but I’m not expecting it.