Noting Barack Obama has presided over 100 million FBI firearm sales background checks, activist and citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh spoke to enthusiastic gun owners at an Open Carry Texas “Meet and Greet” in Big Spring on Saturday.
“Now, for a guy who's only been in office for a term and a half, that's quite an accomplishment. As a firearm salesman representing the Unintended Consequences Armaments Corporation, he has managed to put even Bill Clinton in the deep shade,” Vanderboegh observed. “And we won't even mention what you've done for ammunition sales. But thanks for everything, Barack. You may go down in history as this country's worst President ever, but you are one hell of an armaments salesman.”
Longtime readers of this column recall Vanderboegh is the blogger who first reported on allegations from CleanUpATF -- a website maintained by so-called “dissident” agents to expose bureau waste, abuse, corruption and fraud -- that “walked” weapons from the Fast and Furious operation were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. His groundbreaking work on validating reports,securing insider sources, pressuring Congress into providing whistleblower protection and conducting formal hearings, and guiding a mostly indifferent or hostile “mainstream media” into independently investigating the story, has been exhaustively documented in a series of Gun Rights Examiner reports beginning with the first of several guides.
Acknowledging “one of the major employers in Big Spring these days is the Federal Correctional Institution,” Vanderboegh noted that “many people recently ... are interested in putting me inside of one those places for what they imagine is my sedition or even incitement to insurrection, not to mention their irritation at my violation of some newly oppressive citizen disarmament state laws.” That latter observation was a reference to his ongoing “Toys for Totalitarians” civil disobedience efforts by smuggling magazines in defiance of state edicts banning them.
Explaining that his goal is "Restoring the Constitution," Vanderboegh recalled recent speeches in Massachusetts, in Nevada at the Bundy ranch, and on the steps of the statehouse in Connecticut, among others. He also revealed upcoming engagements planned over the coming months in Colorado and New York, where he intends “to twist Governor Cuomo's tail a bit.
“In each place comes the question, ‘How can we restore the Constitution?’” Vanderboegh explained. “How can we return to the Founders' vision of a government of limited powers, which preserves liberty and property while upholding the rule of law and most importantly operating within it?
“I think first and foremost we must tell the truth, not only to those who we are trying to convince to join us but, as well, to those who are trying to defeat us,” he offered, citing Patrick Henry's “immortal” Virginia Convention speech to warn against hope-based self-deception in the face of unpleasant truths.
“We are at present two peoples, two countries really, living within a common border and sharing (mostly) a common language but divided upon the answer to this question: does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?” Vanderboegh elaborated. “This is not a question that the answer can be finessed, negotiated or ignored. It is one or the other, that of individual liberty as the Founders intended or of collectivist power in service to a few.”
“Yet we shrink from the honest conclusion,” he continued. “And that conclusion is that such mutually exclusive worldviews cannot long coexist without one or the other winning out.
“History tells us -- the Founders would tell us themselves were they here -- that neither side of such a divide will surrender without a fight, which means there WILL be a fight,” Vanderboegh predicted. “To think otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history...
“These ... tyrant wannabes ... are now sitting at the feast table that they so carefully made and they dare not take a bite for fear of their intended meal biting them back,” he declared. “That is the Founders' argument. That is what we must be honest enough to admit to ourselves, and then to proclaim to those domestic enemies of the Constitution and to the world.
“So if you wish to stay free, prepare to resist, defy, evade and smuggle,” he concluded. “The Founders did. The enemies of liberty will certainly never be convinced by anything less.”
To read the entire speech, the complete text can be found at the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog. Video taken at the Big Spring event is not available at this writing, so this column will be updated once it is posted.
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