"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Maryland State Legislature Takes First Steps Towards Despotism

Will Malven

Wow!  Can you say dictatorship?

In an absolutely breathtaking example of liberal hubris, the Maryland state legislature is planning to circumvent their citizens ability to protest anti-gun rights legislation by holding simultaneous hearings on 51 bills in 3 committees over 2 days.  This is not an example of responsible, responsive government, this is an overt attempt to dilute the ability of citizens to protest their actions.
Friday, March 1st @ 1:00 PM:
  • 4 bills in the House Health & Government Operations Committee
  • 7 bills in the House Judiciary Committee (including the Governor’s gun ban)
Tuesday, March 5th @ 1:00 PM
  • 15 bills in the House Judiciary Committee
  • 25 bills in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Read more at Ammoland.com.
If you weren't paying attention to how former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in the House acted in passing Obamacare, these actions might surprise you, but for most conservatives, this sort of high-handedness--while still shocking--is routine for Democrats.

This is a perfect example of the danger to our rights which liberal law-makers represent.  They have an agenda and they don't care what their citizens think about that agenda, they're only interested in pushing it through.  They can't be bothered with what we little people think, they know what is good for us and they are going to impose that agenda on us . . . for our own good.

Their intent is to curtail the rights of their own constituents without asking them if they should do so . . .
Why, if they paid attention, then (GASP!) we might come to expect that sort of obedience to the will of the people on a regular basis . . . My God, we might even expect "representative government" rather than simply acquiescing to dictates from our betters.
These are not the actions of well-intentioned legislators, these are the actions of men and women who know what they are doing is wrong.  They know that what they are doing will upset a large number of their constituents, so they are conniving to conduct their business in a manner so as to prevent us from protesting their actions.

People who know what they are doing is right, don't need to use subterfuge.  They don't need to use tricks or play games to defeat their opponents.  To the contrary, they're eager for discussion and view debate as an opportunity to educate; they're eager to face dissent and opposition.  Because they are certain of the rectitude of their actions, they don't fear those who disagree with them.

These are the actions that one might have seen from the old Soviet Union Polit-buro.  These are the actions of despots, not "representatives." These are the actions of people who are willing to go against the will of those who elected them. 

This is the "tyranny of the majority" against which our representative form of government was supposed to protect us. Democrats enthusiastically embrace laws protecting minority rights when it suits them, when it applies to one of their cause celebres, but let someone speak out in support of gun rights or some other non-politically correct subject then suddenly their response is "polls show that a majority of people want restrictions," or "90% of voters want universal background checks."

What happened to protecting people from the tyranny of the majority--especially when it applies to constitutionally protected rights?

Frankly, I'm surprised the Maryland legislators didn't plan this for 1:00 AM rather than 1:00 PM; the dark of night is a more appropriate time for this sort of subterfuge.

By rights, there ought to be 100,000 citizens of the state of Maryland storming the capitol.  By rights, these legislators should be seized, taken out to the steps of the capitol building, and tried for treason.  By rights, they should be executed for attempting to destroy the very foundations of our society . . . but they won't.

"Bread and Circuses"

Our people have become sheep.  Our citizens have allowed themselves to be lulled into complacency and apathy.  They trust that those they elect have citizens' best interests at heart. 

The people are more concerned with who the next "American Idol" will be and what Simon Cowell is doing than they are with what's happening in the houses of their legislatures and what laws are being passed.

. . . and so I quote Juvenal's "bread and circuses" (so pathetic has our education system become that few will even know who Juvenal was or understand what he was saying--hint, Juvenal was a Roman poet and satirist, not a young person).
The people, who once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concern themselves [with governing] no more, and long eagerly for just two things - bread and circuses.
A modern version of that might read "fat and happy."  People have food on their tables (increasingly being provided by the government) and an endless variety of mindless entertainment with which to amuse themselves on cable television.

Our government "by the people, of the people, and for the people" is becoming a government over the people and that role reversal is being achieved voluntarily.

We have a President who believes the Constitution is an impediment; who believes that he can rule by executive order (royal edict) and completely bypass the checks and balances our Founding Fathers set up in the Constitution . . . and sadly, we have a Congress that is afraid or unwilling to stop him.

Now we have state houses like those in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland who have decided that the voices of their citizens are unworthy of consideration.  They have chosen to abridge the rights of their citizens and resort to legislative tricks to impose their will on us . . . and far too many citizens either don't care and don't know enough to stop them.

Far too many have willingly, either through ignorance or apathy, placed their trust in the government rather than their fellow citizens.

These legislators in Maryland should be stopped.  The citizens of Maryland should be marching on their capitol in protest.  That 100,000 citizens I mentioned above should be half-a million and they should be armed.  They should be so upset that they would march into the chambers and seize these legislators and toss them out in the same manner that our Founding Fathers did to their own royal oppressors, but they won't.

The vast majority of the citizens in Maryland won't even be aware of what their law-makers are doing and even if they are, they will trust that they are doing the right thing.  They have become so ignorant of history and of their rights that they no longer fear oppression.

I wish it wasn't true, but I am not so naive as to believe that enough people care sufficiently to stop it.  We are a nation of fat and happy people who are gradually surrendering our rights in the blind trust that our government will act in our best interests . . . though it seldom does so.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!?

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