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More Independence Day Insurrectionism

Rumor has it, on this day, 235 years ago, a bunch of right-wing militia whack jobs signed their name to this document which supports this insane insurrectionist idea promoted by the NRA:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Sometimes I really believe our opponents would probably rather still be British. It’s hard to believe the ideas they peddle without thinking that. Of course, they will never say that, because that puts them further outside the mainstream than they already are. But it’s hard for me to see how you accept the United States of America when its founding document is essentially a justification for violently overthrowing its previous government.

6 Responses to “More Independence Day Insurrectionism”

  1. Sometimes I really believe our opponents would probably rather still be British.

    I don’t know how they could deny it–you’ve probably seen this bit of nanny-statism-envy on Ladd’s part:As I headed home after the debate that day, I felt a strange combination of emotions: Disappointment in myself that I had somehow let these students down, [by admitting that using a gun in defense of one’s self and one’s family can, in extreme circumstances, be morally acceptable] and excitement (and even inspiration) regarding their attitudes toward nonviolence. Being an American, I was stunned. You see, here we embrace “justified violence” from sea to shining sea, whether it’s the guy in Georgia who wants to carry a loaded handgun into an airport or the Hollywood producer behind “Shoot ‘Em Up” [perhaps the stupidest bit of anti-gun propaganda, packaged as entertainment, that I have ever seen].

    I wondered why these British students embraced the principles of nonviolence so readily and confidently. In all my years speaking to American students, I’d never seen anything like it. Is it simply because—whatever their concerns about self-defense—they understand that the gun death rate is 30 times lower in their country than in the United States?

  2. Robert Fowler says:

    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    I believe that this is one of the most important phrases in the D of I. And some of the most important words in the Constitution are “the right of the people”.

  3. Jdberger says:

    CSGV’s point seems to be that Governmernt doesn’t allow you to rebel. Therefor it isn’t allowed. :rolleyes:

  4. alcade says:

    Actually I’ve seen quite a few liberals claim we’d be better off under British rule. No guns, “free” health care, plenty of cameras all over the public square, and you can be arrested for anything described as “hate speech.”

    Yippee!

  5. Weer'd Beard says:

    Its not that they want to be British Torries, They ARE British Torries…they want ALL of us to be like them, rather than moving to Britain (probably because of high taxes, cost of living, oppressive police state, and massive violent crime problem)

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