No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice? Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor.
No, no, no. Not the wannabe sick kid who blew up the Boston marathon or the freak that’s mailing ricin-laced letters to the president. I’m talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association.
Free speech? Freedom of association? Petitioning the government for a redress of grievance? To this anti-gunnite, those civil rights are to be tossed on the garbage heap of history if one dares to use them on behalf of keeping the Second Amendment intact. Those who do need to be declared terrorists and imprisoned for life -- all for believing int he rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. I would argue that the author of that piece of garbage, Aurora Sentinel Dave Perry, ought to be silenced for using his position to call for the abolition of civil rights for those who dare to hold the wrong views, but I won't lower myself to his level. Indeed, I want this proto-fascist to go on publishing his rants against liberty so that the rest of the country will come to understand exactly why the Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights to begin with -- to allow free Americans to protect their liberties from those who would strip it away.
But wait -- by taking that position I've committed treason, at least according to liberal columnist and no-think-tanker Ed Kilgore.
As Brother Benen notes this morning, the National Rifle Association’s new president, James Porter of Birmingham, Alabama, likes to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment as a way to ensure the American people will be able to “resist tyranny”—i.e., shoot and kill law enforcement officers, members of the U.S. armed services, and presumably anyone else (you know, like their neighbors) who might disagree with their definition of their essential “liberties”—at some undefined point in the future. And while I’ve not yet seen evidence of him calling Barack Obama a “tyrant” (though he has called him a “fake president”) I’d be shocked if it doesn’t exist.
So let’s put it this way: Porter seems to be highly representative of the amazingly common type of contemporary “conservatives” who combine extremist language about their political opponents with violent language about their political options—who in effect point their guns at “liberals” while making it known they and they alone will decide what “liberties” to surrender, democracy or laws be damned.
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Am I perhaps being unfair to these people in suggesting that they are behaving like America-haters and are flirting with treason? I don’t think so. Porter and those like him could dispel this sort of suspicion instantly, any time they wanted, by just saying: “Let’s be clear: the kind of ‘tyranny’ we are arming ourselves to forestall is something entirely different from anything Americans have experienced since we won our independence—a regime engaged in the active suppression of any sort of dissent, and the closure of any peaceful means for the redress of grievances. We’re not talking about the current administration, or either major political party, as presently representing a threat of tyranny.”
So yeah, I'm now deemed a traitor for peacefully expressing my belief that the day may come when it will be incumbent upon Americans to take up arms against a tyrannical government in the same manner that the Founders did in 1775. Never mind, of course, that the Constitution defines treason in such a way that merely taking that theoretical position could never be deemed to be treason and the Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects speech to advocating that position. Dissent, once deemed patriotic, is not to be tolerated today, and questioning the patriotism of those who dissent is no longer unAmerican. After all, it's for the children.