Someone had commented how much this blog has changed over the years, for the worse, as he saw it. He's probably right. I used to write a lot about the Constitution, about the violations, specifically and line by line with supporting case law, etc.
The problem with that sort of thing is that we no longer live in a Constitutional republic. What is the point in going on and on about a document that means nothing, that is irrelevant and disregarded. One only need to read the headlines to understand that an entire presidential administration operated outside the law, with aid and support of the federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to see what I mean. That is an impossibility in a government where there is the rule of law, that it is respected by the government as well as the people and that world just no longer exists.
What we have now, they "system" under which this nation operates is something else entirely, it is more akin to a democracy the likes of which the founders hated. "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty nine." Thomas Jefferson.
Now, they don't even need fifty-one percent, rights are being taken away wholesale by government bureaucracies, not with legislation, but with regulation. But even worse, we are a nation governed almost completely by the tyranny of the perpetually offended. If a gay couple wants a particular person to bake a cake and that person refuses to trade his labor for their money, he will be compelled to do so by law. If a Muslim doesn't want to live next to a butcher who sells pork, the Muslim can have the butcher shop shut down.
Lost is the understanding that the majority votes for the representative, who represent the people. The senator is supposed to represent the state, not people at all and the president is elected, actually, by the electoral college, not the masses. This was wholly to avoid the idea that the majority would be in a position to deny the rights of the people.
Rights were never intended to be privileges, as they are conceived of by today's citizens, something that can be revoked if they are offended by those rights. All they have to do is get some commissar in black robes to agree with their political perspective and voila, rights disappear or created at the stroke of a pen, no need to go through the messy process of Constitutional amendment, that would be too hard and the tyrants, the perpetually offended would not get their way quickly enough.
Now, we stand on the precipice of losing the Second Amendment and with it any hope of retaining the others. The Second Amendment stands as the last hope of empowering the individual, to allow them to defend themselves, protect their property and, at times, supply them with food. All of the things they are told the government can handle, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As they say, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.
Yes, there are those living on the ragged edge that rely on hunting as a supplement to their income, even today. Though, those people will never be considered in the argument, because the argument is not over people, or children or rights, it is over whether the perpetually offended will be able to exert their tyranny over the individualists they have so long sought to destroy through government dependency. The perpetually offended are really collectivists who seek power over the individual and the whole individualist ideology and by being offended they work their destruction through the courts.
So, this blog has changed, because the recognition that we live in a post-constitutional tyranny is inescapable.
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