The real, perhaps only, question I consider valid is "are you moving in the right direction?" All of this blathering about whether or not the Constitution is a valid document, or a bad document, or a useless document is nothing other than posturing. If one is motivated toward action through an understanding that the Constitution has been violated, does it really matter if someone else considers them "truly enlightened?" Holy crap.
Truly, is it just guns? Is that the only purpose of the Second Amendment, to own guns? Because, I thought it was a bigger issue, that the condition of the rights secured under the Second Amendment served mostly to tell us how far down the path of tyranny we had traveled. It is a benchmark. Obviously, by that marker we are somewhere between screwed and totally screwed. "But, if they come for my guns..." Okay, I'll take them for their word, but unless one answers that door with rounds fired through the wall on either side of the door, answering it probably won't yield the desired outcome. Take a lesson from the Branch Davidians on that one.
There's no voting our way out of this. Okay, but does that mean that when local votes are taken for County Commissioner that everyone should just stay home? Not to me. As we saw up in Custer County, where George Gramlich helped Ann Bastrop and Ann Wilson lead the charge to recall and replace all three so-called Republican County Commissioners. In the end, they only got two of them, leaving the most conservative of the three leftists in office. That was a monumental effort and as soon as the majority of new County Commissioners got into office, they unwound the collectivist agenda put through only a few months before. Oh, but "there's no voting our way out of this." Right?
It will take a war to get anywhere near the sort of liberty many of us want and it's bad enough fighting off the leftist, collectivist, communists in power without having to defend one's flanks and rear from our own side. Our own side, by the way, consists of smarter, faster, more willing participants than any of us out there doing the work through the system as it exists. They don't have to work, because they know it will come down to a war, so they are busy buying up guns and criticizing everyone else, who are also busy buying up guns and food and communication equipment and bandages and learning how to make soap and such. Better to dig a hole and pour guns and ammo into it than anything else.
To me, there always looms the time when elbow deep in blood from killing off one's collectivist neighbors and hanging the politicians from lampposts that one must look up from all of the slaughter and realize that a social structure still must exist. Or, maybe we will just start in on each other, root out all those damn Constitutionalists, etc. If not, if there is that moment when the wet work is done, someone is going to have to figure out how to make the sewer system work. We can't be too long about it, either, because there will be vultures peering at America from every corner of the globe, waiting for us to stop killing each other so they can swoop in with their greater firepower and take over this little burg. Or, Google will just contract with these vultures to finally get the socialist utopia (mass consumerism with no dissenting thought) it has always sought.
We live in an imperfect world. The several government entities we all live under have perverted the concept of "civil servants" to the point of ridiculous things like $15 million of taxpayer money for a hush fund for those sexually molested by the same people who voted to create the fund and then kept it private. Where the FBI forces non-disclosure agreements to prevent witnesses from exposing their egregious and illegal behavior, not because they would reveal information sensitive to national security. The secrecy of the government is the worst possible violation of their power and yet that isn't worth rising up and demanding their heads, because protesting is for fools.
Yet, protesting has driven more governments out of power than violent revolution. People in the streets terrifies politicians, because there are so many instances of the effectiveness of it. Ask Mussolini, ask Ceausescu, ask Marie Antoinette how that turned out. No, it doesn't matter that the military had anything to do with it. It is that image of a popular uprising that ends with their hanging or firing squad or the guillotine that strikes fear in the hearts of all politicians. It is a base and disgusting way to end a life, to be brought out as some common thug and executed. They spend their lives believing they are too big, too powerful, too sophisticated to be treated like some commoner and the image of it drives them to desperation.
But, keep buying guns and keep extolling your superiority to all who will listen.