Saturday, August 22, 2009

Armed Protests at Obama Stops

At this point anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock knows of several instances where armed individuals have shown up to protests over the health insurance plan (just what we need, another $2+ trillion disaster on top of the hundreds of billions already blown by this administration). In all cases these have been in legal open carry states by individuals simply exercising their rights under the Federal and applicable state constitutions. In no cases has the President or any other individual been directly threatened, and in no cases has there been a violent confrontation.

With that preamble out of the way, I have mixed feelings about the armed protests. On the one hand it is deliberately confrontational. It’s the equivalent of walking into a bar with a chip on your shoulder and daring someone to knock it off. It’s something that those opposed to our Second Amendment rights are going to use against us, and it may even succeed to some extent because it scares a lot of people.

On the other hand it’s a very uniquely American thing to do and to be able to do. Our nation started with armed protests and revolt against totalitarian regime. The Framers wanted an armed populace to be able to stand against any tyranny – especially the tyranny of a strong central government. I feel, as many, the administration is forcing policy down the nation’s throat, and many are rapidly losing patience.

I think the key question is “where is all this leading?” Is this just a loud way to express one’s opinion that will fade away in a few weeks, or is this the start of a shift in the electorate? Quite frankly our current business model for the nation is unsustainable – we’re almost $12 trillion in the hole, adding another $1.2 trillion to that this year with the administration spending money like it’s going out of style. To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, we’re running out of other people’s money to spend. When the gravy train finally derails, it’s going to be ugly – a lot uglier than one or two fed-up law-abiding citizens showing up armed at a political protest.

Until next time!!!


Troy said...

Yeah, I'm right there with you... On one hand, I do love seeing people exercise their rights! On the other hand, I'd hate for one of these events to turn into an open confrontation that the media would latch on to and would give the anti-gunners some of their own brand of ammo.

Fingolfen said...

I think things are going to get more interesting when / if the Supreme Court hears a couple of upcoming key cases... if those go well (read Constitutionally) - this is going to be an even hotter issue because it has the potential to dismantle a lot of the framework that anti-gun legislation is built on...