Get settled in, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.
On December 28, 2012, I wrote a stream-of-consciousness post about the dangers of a backlash to the incredibly aggressive and highly politicized gun control push that was developing in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. What you’ll see in the rebellion (WYSIR, so I don’t have to type it out again) has been “shared” on Facebook thousands of times, and links have been posted to it from hundreds, if not thousands of web sites and forums.
At the time I wrote WYSIR, there was a passionate push by the polimedia for very intrusive federal gun control, with support in some coastal states and Colorado for state-level gun control at the same intrusive level. The forces of tyranny seemed poised to pull off the biggest coup d’etat since the Raleigh News and Observer, Ku Klux Klan, and other leading North Carolina Democrats conspired to drive the African-American supported Republican government out of Wilmington in 1898 with a great loss of life 115 years ago.
Much to the President’s anger and the polimedia’s dismay, federal gun control efforts have largely failed. Sadly, blatantly unconstitutional state-level efforts in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York have been passed and rushed into law, to confident proclamations of success by mostly Democratic legislators that eerily parallel equally delusional pronouncements of “peace in our time.”
Since these gun control bills began working their way through state and federal legislatures after Sandy Hook, something happened in the form of revelations of a pervasive train of abuses and usurpations in the current Presidential Administration.
We now know that the White House has used the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon against “enemy” political groups, in a naked example of tyranny so extreme that when the IRS Inspector investigated, he found it worse than even Richard Nixon’s attempted abuses of the system. He call the targeted political terror campaign, “unprecedented.” It is an abuse of power never before seen in our nation’s history.
News is confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency was also used to target activist groups.
We have seen a perfect storm of abuses at the hand of the Obama Administration, and the government itself has been exposed as rotten to the core.
That changes the scenario immensely.
When I wrote WYSIR, I could never predicted that the government would self-destruct in living color before a revolt against tyranny ever began. Incredibly, the federal leviathan became so bold in it’s overt corruption that it has self-destructed, without any external help, before the first shot has been fired in anger.
We are viewing a collapse of the trust of the government:
With this exposed plan of intimidation, big government has finally, irrevocably exploded all over us–drenching us in its own corrupt excesses. It’s gotten so fat, so immensely greedy, so impossibly grotesque, that the only thing that can end it is itself. Big government exists only through expansion. The bigger it gets, the harder it is to kill. But it got too cocky; it grew too fast, and now all of its insides, are outside–for all of us to see.
Which is why this is no time to lend it a helping hand. Let big government die from its own desires. The IRS, to its own horror, has just helped create a new movement. Think about it: If you were to go to a hardware store right now, buy a sign and paint “audit this,” and place it on your lawn, what could they do? Nothing. Once you’ve got a thug’s number, the thug knows better than to target you.
Nevermind the appeasers–the IRS scandal IS a big deal. It’s such a big deal, it could ruin the agency forever, and take a few others down with it. And sure, it’s a lot of fun on the right to be clamoring for scalps–like, who should be fired and how many. But pink slips are small potatoes.
The end game is way, way bigger than that stuff. What we are witnessing is a collapse of trust in big government, which ultimately–to our benefit as small-government types–leads to a permanent undermining of the whole system.
Until now, this administration produced loads of soaring rhetoric that made many forgive its lack of substance. But now, to everyone who pays taxes, the wolf is suddenly at the doorstep, and it’s looking for food. This new era, for some, sounded great in the abstract–but with the IRS scandal, we’re starting to see our first home front casualties. The IRS just gave small-government America–which is most of America–a wake-up call like no other.
We’re at an unprecedented point in history. This current implementation of the federal government under the Presidency of Barack Obama and the Vice Presidency of Joe Biden are so obviously, incredibly, indelibly corrupt, that they’ve devalued the legitimacy of the federal government itself.
Folks, that is incredibly powerful for the cause of liberty. It is also incredibly dangerous until that liberty is reclaimed and it’s attempted murderers dealt with in a just manner.
A threatened government can lash out unpredictably, especially a government populated with an incredibly arrogant cast of morally repugnant ideologues and the cast of followers they’ve groomed for ideological war:
Longtime readers of mine will recall that one of my bugaboos is the liberal obsession with the “moral equivalent of war.” Ever since William James coined the phrase, liberalism has essentially become a cargo cult to the idea. The core idea, expressed in myriad different ways, is that normal democratic capitalism is insufficient. Society needs an organizing principle that causes the citizenry to drop their individual pursuits, petty ambitions, and disorganized lifestyles and unite around common purposes.
Naturally, the State must provide leadership and coordination in this effort, just as it does in a war. That was the essential rationale behind the New Deal – war mobilization without war.
Barack Obama has spent much of his presidency all but begging the American people to imbue themselves with a moral equivalent of war spirit. Sometimes he’s used the phrase explicitly, other times he’s dreamed that America could act like the military. Other times he’s droned on about the need for unity and dedicating ourselves to a “cause larger than ourselves” – that cause invariably being the government. He’s talked a lot about “Sputnik moments” and the need for Americans to rally around his green agenda the way we rallied around the space program.
I loathe all of this. The whole point of a free society is that people will do what their hearts and consciences tell them to do, individually and in voluntary association. We have a military to keep us free, not to provide examples of how best to surrender our freedom. Moreover, the exhortation to give our selves over to the spirit of wartime mobilization when there is no war is frightening because, unlike real wars, not only is “victory” not defined, it cannot be defined. We will never have a kingdom of heaven on earth, so any call to mobilize the people to fight for one necessarily means permanent mobilization, which means the permanent surrender of what this country was founded to establish.
Goldberg has it almost right, but he’s terrified to let his thought run it’s course, and seems to shut himself down instead of allowing himself to think about how far this cargo cult is willing to go in the execution of their ideas. If you’ve been paying attention at all for the past dozen years or so, the radical left has ramped up their rhetoric into not just competing against their opponents, but in portraying them as an “other” that must be destroyed if their moral good is to be realized.
They have defined victory, Jonah. Their “victory” is the demonization and elimination of all dissent, and all dissenters, every man, woman, and child.
It has been their goal for more than 40 years.
They are not content to stop with political victory, where they merely shape policy. The actions of Executive Branch agencies under the current regime show their desire to destroy conservatives, libertarians, and independents politically, professionally (outside of politics, in private sector business), and personally. This is all within the “normal” doctrine of Alinsky tactics. But if we’re being honest with one another, we all know that Alinsky wasn’t any more content with the thought of stopping with political and personal victory over his enemies than were Stalin, Lenin, or Mao. Like Obama mentor Bill Ayers once dreamed of exterminating all die-hard capitalists, the frothing left dreams of genocide.
It isn’t limited to a handful of fringe malcontents, but is a sentiment of “mainstream” progressive thought, from the afore-linked Marshall University professor, to Democratic politicians, news executives that call us terrorists, to the President’s own mentors, and tens of thousands of other radicals on social media that have imbibed so much of the rhetoric, and who have been thoroughly conditioned to equate the “other” with pure evil, that they are chomping at the bit for the opportunity to murder their fellow Americans. They are firmly convinced that one-party ideological purity will make the nation “whole.”
It is their goal to purge the nation of anyone who tries to get in their way. Becky Gerritson is one of many victims of this mindset, personally targeted for her destruction for merely deciding to participate in the Democratic process. Take the time to listen to her testimony, and the frustration in her voice, as she challenges a government that not only failed to protect her basic rights as an American, but which actively persecuted her for exercising them.
Note the politicians who could not meet her gaze, and whom who not have the basic decency to be offended by the actions of their President. Why would they be offended? He’s only dared to do what they’ve long dreamed of doing.
Karen Kenney, another founder of another grass roots Tea Party organization, reminds legislators that ultimately, they are accountable to us. Thought they certainly don’t believe her, it is worth five minutes of your time to listen to her, as she speaks for so many of us.
Catherine Engelbrecht tells an even more sinister story, having her business and personal life attacked being repeatedly by the IRS, FBI, ATF, and OSHA for the “crime” of trying to start another Tea Party group.
These are not anomalies. This is a carefully orchestrated pattern of abuse, emanating from the Oval Office itself. It can have no other source.
This systematic abuse lasted from at least 2010, and targeted hundreds of groups, and was designed to directly impact the 2012 Presidential election, so that Democrats would not be swept from the Senate and White House as they were from the House of Representatives in 2010.
There is a strong argument to be made that if the various elements of the Executive Branch had not acted in concert to bully and suppress hundreds of Tea Party groups, then we’d be a nation with a Republican President, House of Representatives, and Senate, and at least the outside chance of restoring the federal government to a semblance of respectability.
The government—this wannabe banana republic dictatorship—does not have the right to ask for donor lists and for list of volunteers for them to further single out for harassment and abuse. They do not have a right to a list of speeches and speakers, to censor political speech before the fact, or punish citizens after the fact for holding views opposed by the regime. They do not have the right to shut down political speech, or otherwise subvert the processes of free and fair elections as has this government.
And yet, this is the path that Barack Obama and his allies have chosen. They are not in for half-measures.
The Obama Administration, through orchestrated abuse of power in multiple executive branch agencies, has attempted to suppress the free speech of millions of Americans by targeting hundreds of apolitical and independent non-profit groups vested in liberty.
The Obama Administration, through orchestrated abuse of power in multiple executive branch agencies, has used the power and intimidation of the state to bully and harass individual Americans that dared to exercise their free speech rights.
The Obama Administration, through orchestrated abuse of power in multiple executive branch agencies, targeted news media critical of the Administration, going so far as to use laws designed to catch and prosecute spies, against them.
Collectively, these felony high crimes are unforgivable. They are impeachable. They are indictable under federal and state felony laws, including conspiracy and racketeering.
The phrase “gangster government” is no longer hyperbole.
What will be your response?