“There is abroad in our land the growing thought that America is now in fact two countries sharing a common border and (mostly) a common language but divided along the answer to this question,” citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh told approximately 600 activist gun owners, many carrying long arms, who gathered at The Alamo this past Saturday. “Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?”
“This is not a question [that] can be finessed, compromised or negotiated,” Vanderboegh explained. “It is either the answer of individual liberty or that of the collectivist Borg … For our part we would be happy just to be left alone. But the collectivist impulse -- the tyrannical appetite -- cannot be readily denied by its practitioners … And those who possess this insatiable appetite for other people's liberty, property and lives can only be deterred by the compelling and credible counter-argument that such appetites come with personal consequences for them…”
That’s the type of rhetoric anti-gun hive mind “monopoly of violence” zealots like those at the National Coalition to Ban Handguns call “insurrectionist,” sprinkled with words like “treason” and “traitor.” It’s the type of speech that would prompt U.S. News and World report editor and PBS contributor Bonnie Erbe to demand rounding up its practitioners. And citizens like Vanderboegh, and those who cheered and applauded him, are the type of people that “progressive” cartoonist Ted Rall wants declared enemy combatants and bundled off to Bagram, adding “If ever there were a reason for suspending civil rights, this is it.”
The Obama administration, of course, is pleased to promulgate the idea that Constitutionalists and gun owners are domestic threats, from Southern Poverty Law Center-inspired Department of Homeland Security “assessments” to law enforcement “fusion center” indoctrination handouts. And the apparatus to act on that is being set into place.
That encourages a seemingly increasing propensity of the collectivists to take off the mask of moderation and show their utter disdain for political freedom. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee felt secure enough when talking about Obama Care-opposing Republicans to tell his MSNBC host “We take an oath to support the country against all enemies foreign and domestic, and these are the domestic enemies.”
Competing to out-loon Cohen is a self-described “Retired AFSCME Steward [and] proud union thug” going by the screen name “old mark,” who said of the same Republicans “They are anti American terrorists, they do NOT belong in our government.” That was his way of introducing his Daily Kos followers to a MoveOn.org-hosted petition to “Arrest and Try House GOP Leadership for Sedition,” which currently boasts over 50,000 signatures from fellow collectivists (or approximately one for every 100 NRA members).
A claim made by Second Amendment defenders is that it protects the other rights, and we can see from sentiments advanced by the above radical “progressives” that they will be more than happy to eviscerate the entire Bill of Rights if given the chance, which again, is where Amendment II gets in the way. Of course, the same useful idiots scoff at that, too, nearing genocidal ecstasy as they remind us how helpless gun owners would be when their all-powerful state unleashes nuclear fury on puny, rifle-bearing insurrectionists, but never explaining how that would work in practical terms, or what sort of irredeemable degenerates would welcome such monstrous evil.
Such projections don't matter. Vanderboegh set their Orwellian contradictions straight on the hallowed Alamo grounds, where another group of freedom-defending “traitors” defied the prevailing violence monopoly.
“This is not sedition,” he explained. “It is not insurrection. It is a philosophy that the Founders embodied and would endorse today. The men who died at the point of Mexican bayonets behind those walls would endorse it as well.
“This philosophy does not even constitute revolution,” Vanderboegh continued. “We don't want to overthrow the government. We simply want to restore it to the Founders' model of what a republic should be.
“It is that determined minority of so-called progressives, the statists, the collectivists -- call them what you will -- who have spent the last century waging quiet revolution against the Constitution and the rule of law embodied by the Founders' Republic,” he asserted. “Thus, if you wish to be precise, we are the forces of counter-revolution to the collectivists' revolution. We are indeed the forces of restoration.”
Click here to read Mike’s speech in its entirety. A video is also embedded in this column, but ambient noise and background discussion can make parts of it difficult to hear. Also, Mike was invited to spend a full hour to discuss his speech and the weekend event Sunday evening on Salem Radio Network’s nationally-syndicated Armed American Radio program with host Mark Walters, and that segment of the program can be listened to here.
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