King Canute commands the tide to cease coming in.
The "government monopoly of violence" advocates at CSGV -- which I believe stands for Collectivists for Supreme Government Violence -- have called us all "traitors" once again. Ironically, this time, because of our efforts to avoid violence in the 90s.
This past weekend, as has become someting of a pattern, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) accused (via Twitter) me and other gun rights advocates of "insurrection" and "treason." This, despite the fact that there doesn't seem to be any "insurrection" going on in the U.S., and the fact that the Constitution's necessarily extremely narrow definition of "treason" can't possibly be applied to stating the obvious fact that the Second Amendment exists as the last bulwark against tyranny.
Much of the weekend's debate was about Professor Robert Churchill's (author of the excellent To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face) contention that during the FBI's standoff with the Montana Freemen in 1996, the FBI was persuaded to wait the Freemen out (the Freemen eventually surrendered peacefully), because various militia groups had told them that another bloody paramilitary raid, like Ruby Ridge or Waco, would have resulted in equally bloody militia retaliation against law enforcement officers all over the country. Prof. Churchill made that point in a debate with CSGV's Josh Horwitz in 2009.
Now Churchill said "law enforcement officers" but in fact we were specific that it was federal law enforcement agents we had in mind. As Bob Wright of New Mexico told his FBI SAC from Albuquerque when that worthy asked if Bob and his boys would really go to the scene of another out-of-state Waco: "Why would I want to do that? There's plenty of you federal sonsabitches around here."
Go and read the entire Hofmann piece, for Kurt is doing the Lord's own work in exposing CSGV's lies. But it occurs to me that "El Guapo" Horwitz and his craven Collectivists for Supreme Government Violence might as well be King Canute commanding the tide to stop coming in.
The armed citizenry exists. There is nothing the CSGV can do about that but call us names. The government which CSGV attempts to rouse its power to destroy us is made up of individuals for whom federal service is mostly just a job and who would rather live to draw their retirement than shoot it out with people who announce their God-given inalienable and natural rights to life, liberty and property and who would die before submitting, or, before allowing another free Waco.
For the Collectivists for Supreme Government Violence, the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord were traitors. The principle is the same. In fact, I am certain that CSGV had its counterparts in 1775. No one now remembers them, because the issue was decided with arms. They were, in the final analysis, irrelevant to the contest. At such times, free men are always traitors to the tyrannical government they resist.
Let me make it easy for Horwitz. I declare openly that if resisting the Imperial Federal Government that CSGV seeks is "treason" then I am a traitor to that bloody, freedom-stealing collectivist vision. Horwitz may make the most of it that "treason" if he dares. In the unlikely event he is successful in sparking a federal crackdown on folks like me, he won't like the result.
Perhaps El Guapo should go down to the seashore and command the tide not to come in. He would be as successful as he certainly will be in his current endeavor.
Traitor to Collectivism and the alleged leader of a merry band of Three Percenters.
A CSGV "traitor," circa 1775.
Deeply appreciated, as always, Mike, but I just realized that (damnit!) I forgot something I had intended to include. This sentence:
. . . because various militia groups had told them that another bloody paramilitary raid, like Ruby Ridge or Waco, would have resulted in equally bloody militia retaliation against law enforcement officers all over the country.
. . . because various militia groups had told them that another bloody paramilitary raid, like Ruby Ridge or Waco, would have resulted in equally bloody militia retaliation against law enforcement officers all over the country (the "No More Free Wacos" doctrine).
(Belatedly) fixed, now.
I suggest instead El Guanero.
And now CSGV is giving you some Twitter love:
Militia leader who said "Break their windows" during health care debate admits his treason to CSGV. #p2 #politics... http://fb.me/HWo8vihd
Ooh--and Facebook love, too!
Since the people as a body create their ruler, it is ... possible at any time 'for the
people to shake off whatever Imperium' they may have imposed on themselves,
the reason being that 'anything which is done by a given power can be undone by
a like power'. Furthermore, Buchanan adds that, since each individual must be
pictured as agreeing to the formation of the commonwealth for his own greater
security and benefit, it follows that the right to kill or remove a tyrant must be
lodged at all times 'not only with the whole body of the people' but 'even with
every individual citizen'. So he willingly endorses the almost anarchic conclusion
that even when, as frequently happens, someone 'from amongst the lowest and
meanest of men' decides 'to revenge the pride and insolence of a tyrant' by
simply taking upon himself the right to kill him, such action are often 'judged to
have been done quite rightly, ... '.
George Buchanan (1506-82)
From: Quentin Skinner, The Foundations (~t Modern Political Thought: v()l. II, The Age (~t
Reformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978),p. 343-4
Picked up from Murray Rothbard's "History of economic thought", vol 1
"If this be treason, make the most of it."
As you can see, the truth never seems to get a foothold.
Adams, Washington, Madison, Staffenburg, etc. Anything contrary to the norm is targeted and attacked.
"...free men are always traitors to the tyrannical government they resist."
I have been collecting what I consider to be worthy quotes ever since I began reading patriot blogs and books. This is a good one.
I also noticed when I copied and pasted it that the font is listed as 'trebuchet MS'. Another of your subtle statements?
Thanks for the George Buchanan quote. Sometimes me kinsmen get things right.
Too bad nothing's changed in 500 years. You'd think we learn after a bit but someone always tries to save us from from our freedom and our wealth, for our own good.
Canute's 'commanding of the waves' was not some pompous declaration of royal authority. He was making the point that there were some Powers that even kings could not countermand.
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