On Friday the Examiner reported that informants within the Connecticut state police had contacted gun rights activist and blogger Mike Vanderboegh with an urgent message. "Don't come to Connecticut anytime soon," they said, "There's cops and politicians up here who want you dead."
Once the shock of such an outrageous and unacceptable attitude on the part of law enforcement officials wears off, stop for a moment and think about the history of the collectivist/statist movement.
Is this anything new? Are they doing anything they haven't done before once they are firmly ensconced in power?
The progressive movement and its close allies among totalitarians of all stripes -- Communists, Nazis, Fascists, Socialists, etc. -- has always taken an attitude of marked disdain for ordinary citizens.
The "great" George Bernard Shaw, despite his near-hero like status among the intelligentsia, called for the systematic murder of multimillions of people. Shaw believed in eugenics, the concept that holds that the elites can purify the human race by simply getting rid of those who muddy the gene pool.
We would hear much more about this concept later as Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany. "Ethnic cleansing" has perhaps led to more horrific murders than any other factor outside of political ideology (the Communists killed more people than eugenics, not to get rid of ethnic groups but to get rid of the opposition).
But those who adhered to this damnable philosophy got themselves placed in key positions within the U.S. government at the end of the 19th century and during the first decade or two of the 20th century. Woodrow Wilson was an adherent of eugenics. So was FDR. The only thing that prevented them from acting on their views was political reality. They knew it would never fly with the electorate. They would be run out of office, vilified, and scourged for centuries to come.
These facts did not prevent Wilson and Roosevelt from making some outrageous statements that had to be carefully buried so that the peons of the populace would be unaware of the danger they represented. Both had stated that they belonged to the elitist progressive movement and that the only thing standing in their way preventing them from doing what they actually wanted was the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution, thus, had to be systematically dismantled, slowly, gradually, almost imperceptibly so that they citizens would not grow alarmed.
Fast forward to 2008. America elects to the Oval Office a man who stated he wished to "fundamentally transform" America. Most at the time had no idea what he meant. We now know. Conservatives who criticize him must be targeted by the IRS in order to silence them. The news media must be browbeat into reporting only the administration's position on the issues, with little or no critical analysis. Our right to choose our own doctor, health plan, and to keep both if we like them, has been robbed from us. Over 100 million citizens have been spied on by the federal government.
But the underlying mindset driving all of this is a quip made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday. In speaking from the Senate floor, Reid stated that all of the horror stories citizens have told about Obamacare, such as being thrown off their insurance plans, losing their doctors, paying astronomically high premiums and deductibles, are all lies.
You read that right. Reid referred to American citizens who have been deeply hurt by Obamacare as liars.
This perfectly encapsulates the attitude of the progressive/collectivist toward ordinary citizens. We are but pesky, lying, worthless schmucks. Therefore, the ruling class in Washington and in many state legislatures can treat us with disdain. They can even call for our murder, just as some members of the Connecticut state police did when Mike Vanderboegh had the courage to stand up for the people in the face of oppressive, totalitarian thugs who had just as soon kill us as to look at us.
Frankly, people like that don't care what the electorate thinks. They don't want your opinion. They don't care. They think your opinion is worthless and invalid.
This is the premise by which Barack Obama operates, and this is the premise by which like-minded totalitarians operate in state governments as well. And in the Congress, at least in the Senate, we find the very same thing.
What can be done by the citizens to stop this scourge?
Vanderboegh reminds us that the one thinker/philosopher to whom our Founders turned again and again, John Locke, provided the remedy:
“Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.” ~ John Locke, 2nd Treatise on Government.
The Founders affirmed and embraced Locke's philosophy. We find the same sentiments echoed in the writings of Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison, and many others. When government begins to behave in a manner that is illegal according to the terms of the Constitution upon which this nation was founded, then the citizens have no moral or legal obligation to obey it. Period.
It is at that point that those "pesky, lying, worthless ordinary citizens" are justified in showing the elitist ruling class that it is the people who have the real power in the United States. Not politicians. Not judges. Not the president. Not the governor. Not state legislatures. But the people.
The only way citizens will be able to stop this relentless march over the abyss into a thousand years of darkness represented by totalitarianism is to refuse to obey the statist laws.
Is such a stance risky? Of course it is. As long as criminals run the asylum they will make sure their illegal and illegitimate laws are carried out, and we the citizens will suffer the consequences if we do not obey.
But such disobedience was a price our forefathers were willing to pay in order to break the backs of their British oppressors. Is the country and its Constitution worth paying that price to save and restore?
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