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Obama Playing Chicken with American Men

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by erudne, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Obama Playing Chicken with American Men

    By Daren Jonescu

    The Obama administration's current warpath against so-called "gun violence" -- which is Newspeak for non-violence committed by non-criminals with their non-illegal private property -- is a brazen challenge to America's manhood. The progressives have apparently decided that this is the moment when they can play their ultimate authoritarian hand, and let the chips fall where they may. They believe, in other words, that this is the moment when they may be able to break America at last, one way or another.

    Through Obama's forceful, smug insistence on taking action in defiance of Congress, along with the aggressive urging to do so from his sycophants in the progressive elite -- from the vice president and the senate majority leader on down -- the leftists are engaging in a game of chicken with the American spirit that is disturbing both for its immediate intentions and for its revelation of their thought process and game plan.

    In light of the well-known fact that their proposals and trial balloons will be judged by millions of Americans to be an outright violation of constitutionally protected liberties -- and liberties of the most emotionally trenchant nature, namely those related to the very foundations of limited government -- the progressives' deliberate projection of haste and intransigence on gun control must not merely be taken at face value, and judged on its "merits." It must also be interpreted -- in other words, one must ask precisely what they are hoping to achieve by attacking the most deeply held principles of so many Americans in such a heavy-handed fashion.

    It seems to me that there are two plausible interpretations of their open chastisement of "all this debate" over Second Amendment concerns, i.e., their boisterous spitting upon the U.S. Constitution.

    The first option is that they believe the citizenry of the once-freest nation on earth will ultimately be first to flinch in this game of chicken, and back down. This is the simplest explanation. Having tested the waters on so many fronts, and prepared the population with generations of propaganda about the evils of guns (and so little clarity about the meaning of limited government) from the educational establishment and the media, the left may have determined that, for all the tough talk, American gun owners will not, in the end, have the nerve to stand firm against a federal order to produce their weapons for registration, to submit their guns and themselves to a federal tracking system, or even, eventually, to relinquish legally-purchased property that has newly been ruled illegal.

    The second possibility is that they know the public has not been sufficiently softened up to begin the "peaceful" disarming of America suggested by option one, and are therefore hoping to precipitate the kind of "serious crisis" the Obama administration has vowed never to let go to waste. This second possibility is appearing more likely to be the administration's real intention each day.

    Consider the extent to which the federal government has gone, during the past four years, to brand conservatives, Christians, defenders of the Constitution, gun owners, and in general believers in property rights, as not merely racist and stupid (the usual mantra), but rather as angry, "bitter," and positively unhinged. These are not mere insinuations; government representatives, spokesmen, and apologists have been saying such things with increasing directness and frequency since 2008. A "study" funded by DHS expressly lists people who are "reverent of individual liberty" or "suspicious of centralized federal authority," among the common potential terror threats (p. 9). Obama himself, during his 2008 campaign, suggested in no uncertain terms that "clinging" to a Bible and/or a gun -- i.e., believing in God or the right to bear arms -- is a clear symptom of serious psychological problems, and equivalent to racism. And of course almost every mass killing over the past couple of years has been blamed on the Tea Party by someone in the media (see here) -- until, inevitably, the facts prove otherwise -- thereby creating the general impression that the Tea Party is a natural repository of "people on the edge," regardless of whether they turn out to have committed any crimes.

    The Obama team knows full well that its words and actions are causing fear, anger, and heightened vigilance among conservatives. The spikes in gun sales, NRA memberships, and harsh anti-government talk all over the internet are an unmistakable sign of a population preparing for -- for something ugly. And yet they push forward, threatening specific action and escalating the anti-gun rhetoric with each passing day.

    And the prodding is clever. Prior to this direct assault on the right to bear arms, the single Obama program most hated by constitutionalists was the Affordable Care Act. Now, ingeniously, the left has found a way to bring these two great affronts to individual liberty together under one umbrella. A major focus of Obama's executive actions on gun violence is the promotion of ObamaCare's mental health provisions as a suitable mechanism for dealing with preemptive psychiatry, i.e., drugging wayward children, labeling people in their federal government records as mentally ill, and using doctors as informants to track guns in private homes.

    In sum, they could not be stoking pre-revolutionary fever any more effectively among that minority of America's citizenry that still stands by the nation as an idea, rather than merely as a piece of geography, if they had planned to stoke it. The only question remaining, it seems, is where all of this will lead.

    Consider the following possibility -- common sense dictates that the progressives have already considered it. Someday, federal officers are going to visit the home of a man who owns a so-called "assault-style weapon." He has a family and a job. He pays his taxes. He has no criminal record. Not even a parking ticket. He purchased his gun legally. He uses it for target shooting. He thinks of it as an investment in the protection of his family and his nation, and his personal stand for constitutional liberty.

    The federal officers are going to tell him that his weapon has been banned, that the deadline has passed for him to turn it in at the local police station, and that he must turn it over immediately. He is going to refuse, on the reasonable principle that a man is not obliged to obey a law that fundamentally violates his constitutionally protected rights. The officers, who will have been trained to regard such "resisters" as hostile and as mentally unstable, will call in for back-up and then give this law-abiding patriot an ultimatum: produce your banned weapon peacefully at once, or be taken into custody on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, and possibly subjected to psychiatric assessment.

    If this man gives in and hands the officers his weapon, he will feel for the rest of his life that he has been broken -- that when push came to shove, he did not have the courage to stand up for his children's future. This, in short, is how the federal officials who sent the officers to his door want him to feel, and how they want everyone to feel: weak, ineffectual, emasculated, and submissive. It is how they want you to feel when federal agents molest your wife at the airport, and photograph your pubescent daughter in a naked scanner. It is how they want you to feel about your "private" health records being permanently on file with a half dozen federal agencies, to be opened at their discretion. It is how they want you to feel about the thousand bank-breaking regulations you are obliged to comb through and comply with in the names of "sustainability," "social justice," "anti-discrimination," and a dozen other fronts in the war on self-governance.

    These indignities are meant to ease you through the process of acceptance, of acquiescence, of relinquishing all pretences of inviolable principle in the name of getting along.
    This scenario -- this Conrad-style moment of reckoning for a man, before himself, his wife, and his children -- will in fact likely be played out in many variations. Those officers might be coming for high-capacity magazines, for guns reported by a child's playmate as unsafely stored, guns reported as unregistered, guns owned by people with relatives who have been diagnosed as "depressed" by a doctor, and so on. Most of the property owners in question will likely give in to the government's demands, and many of them will do so willingly, believing it their duty to obey the law above all else.

    Those who do not comply, on the other hand, will be a test case, at the very least. When the government is challenging a proud man's dignity, his natural rights, and his courage in the face of a tyrannical demand, they are daring him to become a martyr to his cause. (See Mark Alexander's declaration at The Patriot Post.) In the authoritarian's mind, government wins either way. If the man gives in, subservience is reinforced. If he does not, then he can be made an example of, to serve as a stern warning to others.

    This is not a moment to be taken lightly. Nor is it one to be welcomed with excessive "bring it on" bravado. America, which is emulating the rest of the West's decline, but at double-speed in these final stages, has reached the saddest impasse. Unlike other nations, which have passively sold off their freedom for the false security of a smiling, cradle to grave despotism, America has seen it coming, has resisted it with force, and is now about to be dragged off the cliff kicking and screaming.

    The challenge facing the men of America -- not the mere "males," but the men -- is becoming clearer, starker, and more essential every day. That minority of us in the rest of the world who still care about freedom and modern civilization can only watch, with concern, sadness and hope, as the U.S. federal government, having reached its moment of final metamorphosis -- its "fundamental transformation" -- stares its patriotic citizens in the eye and says, "I dare you."

    From the land of rebellious individualism of intellect - the land of Madison, Jefferson, Emerson and Melville; to the land of an almost careless abandonment to joy -- the land of Astaire, Ellington, Gershwin and Singin' In the Rain; to the brink of sorrow and downtroddenness, in such a short time, historically speaking. Surely it's too soon for this glorious run to end.
     
  2. NoOne

    NoOne Puget Sound Active Member

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    That is quite the manifesto.
     
  3. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Darn excellent post, erudne!!!
     
  4. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Or we could just get the CHL permission and then those laws would not effect us. :rollingeyes:....:nuts:...:rollingeyes:
     
  5. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Sobering.
     
  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    After the fall we'll shake it off... drive on brothers, DRIVE ON!
     
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  7. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    It's been a great ride, but I think it has gone so far that it does have to sink to be raised.

    When we stopped caring about right and wrong(what the enemy calls "tolerance") is when this stuff started going downhill fast. I really think that started happening with FDR. Now, if you call out a healthy person with 6 kids that is a 3rd generation Social Security recipient who sells drugs and wears $200 jeans, YOU are the one in the wrong. Honestly think about it. If you went to the SS office and called out people that showed up in a Mercedes with a $800 handbag and as healthy as anyone you know, YOU would be the one in the wrong. If you wonder aloud how someone in this country illegally can exploit and be eligible for free(to them) money that even Americans can't have access to, you are the one with the problem. What country can an American sneak into and then get a free ride while the countries "leaders" protect them from rightfully outraged citizens? Why does that sound insane when discussing ANY other country on Earth, but America is supposed to shun all that made her great while writing the check for every other failed country on the planet? Absolutely amazing.

    A 3% beverage tax was what it took to create America. No matter the revisionist history some choose, 5-7% of the population were actual patriots, while the rest said "You can't break the King's laws!", and enabled the British. When that 5-7% won on American spirit and drive(and a lot of help from the French), those that sat by and not only were OK with the illegal "laws", but actually gave their money to support them, all said "WE won! WE won!".

    I wonder what the next one will look like? I wonder what the new nation will be called? I wonder if there is enough of that American spirit and drive to do it again. I hope so, because I will die before I allow myself to be "tolerant" to principles that will put my son in literal chains, rather than the figurative ones I wear.
     
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    joshp3 molalla Member

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    This was a great read. I would like to ask though, is it just me or can everyone practically feel this coming?
     
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  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    You need to read "Common Sense 250 Years Later" in Off Topic.
     
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  10. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    This part is spot on and ties in with the Socialized medicine that is being forced down our throats. Believe in the Constitution, guns or God, (certain religions are O.K.),and you are flagged for a home health "visit" to see if you are mentally stable enough to not only own a gun but to live alone unsupervised. Vets will get extra scrutiny I'm sure!
     
  11. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Standing and saying no way in hell, even at the cost of your life will also have another
    effect. It will give your kids, grandkids, siblings and other family the healthy anger to fight.
    It would never be the picnic the political elite believe it will be. It will ultimately be their undoing.

    That was an unbelievably great commentary. I think the best thing we all can do is make sure everyone
    is refreshed on the history of this Nation and the real one, not the one the education sys is pushing, or the MSM is pushing.
    One of the biggest enemies the country has had is the so called higher education institutions.
    They are for the most part, Indoctrination Institutions. They have pushed that into the K-12 arena now. Truth comes in last to agenda under the false monicker of PC..
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    snip duplicate?
     
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    556 Beaverton,OR Active Member

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  14. thereddog

    thereddog State of Jefferson Active Member

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    That was a righteous read. Thank you!