Thursday, March 6, 2014
Petrie Dish of Liberty
This nation is at a balancing point where finally the actions of the government have become so egregious that the moral scale tips. It is a psychological point where a greater degree of Americans are predisposed to believe that the government of the United States is immoral and that opposition to it is moral.
This is a dangerous demarcation line that truly no government can afford to pass. When a government passes that line, bad things happen. Most of the way through the Soviet history the population clung to the myth that Stalin was the savior of the nation, so much so that there were those who lived through it that believed it was all done behind Stalin's back.
In this country there is the myth that "our government wouldn't really do that" but there is a point where even the staunchest believers have to give up that illusion. For many that point came as a result of 9-11, when the war on terror began. This is all a little bit simplistic, but for purposes of clarity it needs to be explained this way.
Our great intelligence community is not geared to protect us from terrorism. It cannot infiltrate the ideologically motivated terrorists, because it has nothing to offer them; there is a racial difference between Arabs and whites which was not there in the Cold War; there is a language barrier also that was easier to overcome in Europe. In the Cold War there were simple requests and simple rewards. One can always be bought off in the European world view, but not so in the world of Islam.
Billions of dollars were dumped into the war on terror with no where for it to go. Yes, technological advances in surveillance and drones and smart weapons were improved with all of these funds, but that is a double-edged sword as it can be used elsewhere. So, the intelligence community turned itself inside out and began to use those resources on the American people. Since there is not really much internal terrorism, it had to create some in order for all of these people and all of these funds to be used. Anyone who understands politics and budgets gets the point I am making.
Surely the dollars spent have foiled a few actual Islamic terror attacks, at least that is a reasonable conclusion, though due to the nature of the intelligence community it would not be widely known to the average citizen. Still, the dynamic is to use funds and equipment when they are available. To that extent, there needs to be a certain justification for it and when the governments cannot get enough justification, they have a way of producing it.
The proof of this is evident in the NSA spying; the growth in size and scope of the TSA (branching out to cover sports events); internal surveillance; goading of Second Amendment activists and Christian activists. They are, by passing illegal laws such as the ex post facto Connecticut laws and hostility toward Christian religious freedoms, pushing the buttons of domestic terrorism for which they are better geared to deal with, or so they think.
One might not agree that Connecticut is the demarcation line, maybe it is, maybe it is not, that is irrelevant. What is relevant is that it is a petrie dish; a moment of reflection; a moment for which to train. I don't pretend to be on the ground, or know the up-to-the-minute aspects of it, but if one looks at Connecticut and sees what is inevitable, then it is time to use Connecticut as common point of reference.
If indeed the State of Connecticut is serious about gun confiscation it could provide that dangerous moral division in the minds of the American people, or at least enough of them to tip the rest. So, what should be happening now?
Right now the Second Amendment activists in Connecticut should be preparing the battlefield: identifying and recruiting Oathkeepers to provide intelligence (sure some risk to employment, but if done right that is not necessary); developing some Minutemen who can remove the people and weapons that have become targets of confiscation and quickly developing an active form of resistance (think IRA political tactics). Think of it as a mini Cold War. The next few weeks are crucial.
If Connecticut means to have a war, the citizens there will not be alone, because this is a cause worthy of every patriot's attention and dedication. What is learned in Connecticut will be invaluable to training the rest of the nation no matter how it turns out. If this egregious abuse of power can be politically shut down, it will teach the community how to go about it. If it cannot be shut down politically, tactics and organization could be developed.
The trouble, now and always, is the Patriot community is so busy trying to look intelligent, clever and being ahead of the game there is no common ground. There is no strategy. There are a hundred different camps of thought so that any move one might make another will call those actions silly and uninformed. One ounce of action is better than one pound of distraction.