Back to the Iowa National Guard issue for a bit.Â My skepticism here of any broad plan to confiscate guns isn’t related to any general trust in government, or in Obama.Â I think Obama would ban all firearms if he thought he could get away with it politically, and there are certainly a lot of folks in government who share that view.Â But our government is not a secret cabal.Â It’s made up of a lot of ordinary Americans who believe in a lot of the same things you’ll find among other ordinary Americans. In order to believe that the exercise in Iowa is intended as a test run for gun confiscation, you need to believe the following, all of which I find highly implausible:
- The President and the Democrats have made plans for a widespread confiscation of firearms using the National Guard.Â There are several problems with this.Â For one, where’s the bill?Â I can’t remember ever seeing a bill in Congress that goes this far.Â So far the worst we have in this Congress is Congressman Rush’s licensing and registration bill. There’s lot of chatter about renewing assault weapons bans, gun show loophole, and various other stupid measures on The Hill, but no chatter about gun confiscations that I’ve heard of.Â This must be a pretty tight conspiracy, considering all the staffers who would have to know, and who haven’t said anything about the Dems secret plans.
- Why only the Iowa National Guard?Â Where’s the training for the rest of the guard units that would need to be used for such a massive confiscation measure?Â Â Where’s the bill authorizing the use of the guard in this manner?Â Because under current law, it would be unlawful.
- That the Adjudant General of the State of Iowa, and probably the NRA A-rated Governor that appointed him, is in on the conspiracy.Â As best I can tell, this particular National Guard unit is not been activated into federal service.Â If the unit has not been activated, they are under the command authority of the Governor of Iowa, through the Adjutant General’s office.Â Now, the various state National Guards are administered through the National Guard Bureau at the Department of Defense, but they basically set standards, pay for the training and equipping of the various state National Guard units, and periodically review Guard units to assess their readiness to be called into federal service.
- Obama has ordered the National Guard Bureau to start conducting exercises for weapons seizures.Â In which case many people in that office would have to know.Â The various people in that office would also have to apply pressure various state Adjudant General’s offices to conduct the training of their units for this measure.Â All this without anyone leaking anything to the media.Â I suppose it could be conducted under the guise of training for Iraq, but to be honest, if that’s the guise, that ends up being, in effect, what it will be for.Â The military trains to do terrible things all the time, but mostly to people who deserve it.Â I don’t doubt there are people who wish to turn the military to do terrible things to us, but would the military obey such orders?Â The military made up of millions of individual ordinary Americans who take an oath to the constitution.
In order to really believe that this Guard Unit is training with the specific idea of confiscating arms from Americans, you’d essentially have to buy the notion that Obama is going to seize power and become a dictator.Â Our system set up to distribute power among a large number of entities, thus making it harder for one person to demand control, or to secretly manipulate the system without someone talking.Â If Obama wanted to confiscate guns through our current system of government, he’d have to put his cards on the table first, and so far, those cards haven’t appeared.
I find the prospect of Obama seizing dictatorial power highly improbable, and I doubt Obama would find enough willing to enforce his decrees.Â I spent the past eight years listening to this from the left in regards to Bush becoming a dictator.Â Well, Bush served out two terms and we had a peaceful transition of power as described by our Constitution.Â Now it appears I’ll have to spend the next four to eight years (let’s hope four) listening to this crap from the right.Â I have little faith in government as an entity, but I have strong faith that the system that defines our Federal Republic is one that makes it extraordinarily difficult for any one person to rule.