Skip to comments.Three Things That Could Curb Leftist Power When Democrats Win Again
Posted on 10/08/2019 12:53:06 PM PDT by Kaslin
On at least two occasions here at Townhall, Ive addressed the likelihood that, despite the severe apocalyptic scenarios presented by some on both sides, any resistance to the long-term implementation of a Democratic-led gun confiscation plan will involve a lot less bang and a lot more whimper. (If you havent checked them out yet and would like to, you can read both columns here and here.) While Im not always able to read the comments on my columns, I do try to give the more controversial ones a closer look, mainly to get a feel for the overall consensus and look for any flaws in my logic which would inevitably be pointed out by multiple commenters.
As expected, my feelings on this drew plenty of both agreement and disagreement. However, one theme that kept coming up was the seeming pessimism displayed in the columns. To be fair, they were written to be a sobering reminder of why we have to fight the Second Amendment battle and indeed the battle for all our freedoms on the legislative front BEFORE laws are passed taking them away. Once that happens, regaining any freedom lost becomes exponentially more difficult.
But suppose it does happen. Suppose, despite our best efforts, the left manages to seize complete power and, regarding gun control specifically, outlaw everything except single shot rifles and shotguns. What then? Well, as I contended in those columns, armed revolution is unlikely to happen for all the reasons described and more (several commenters did a great job adding a host of other reasons to support my hypothesis). America will likely go the way of places like Australia and England, and individual gun owners will be driven, one by one, into either hiding their weapons thus rendering them useless or, should they use them to defend themselves or someone else, into the criminal justice system.
But wait, this is America, you say, not Australia or England. Weve got the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a national tradition of self-reliance and resistance to tyranny unlike any other nation. And youd be right, to the extent that the spirit of those things remain, which is why several factors that do NOT involve some sort of apocalyptic armed conflict could restore hope to freedom-lovers even if the left is able to someday win their seemingly inevitable legislative victories. Here are three:
Like Fight Club, the one rule of jury nullification these days is: Dont talk about jury nullification. What was once perceived as an important and valid tool for making sure the law didnt go too far into the realm of unjust tyranny has become feared by judges and lawmakers terrified of losing control to the one thing they really have absolutely zero control over an American jury. In truth, a jury can, in theory, declare someone innocent of a crime regardless of what the law says, regardless of actual guilt or innocence, but simply on the basis that a particular law is unjust.
The establishment doesnt want you or anyone else to know that, of course, but that doesnt make it any less true. When it comes down to brass tacks, how many small town red state juries will vote to convict, say, a mother who used her AR-15 to defend herself and her small children from a home invader, or an elderly man for keeping the gun his grandfather passed down to him?
Sure, such injustices happen today and will happen then, and all-too-many juries are sadly all-too-unaware of their power, but in such an environment as wed be facing in this scenario, it wouldnt take long for word to spread. Nullify these laws enough times, and lawmakers might be forced to change them or continue looking like the ridiculous tyrants they are.
The 10th Amendment to the Constitution, included in the Bill of Rights, states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. It helps lay out federalism, the relationship between federal and state governments, but it also provides a legal underpinning behind states and local governments asserting their rights over an increasingly growing federal leviathan.
Since conservatives have the White House, were already seeing various blue states push back on issues like federal drug laws with marijuana legislation and immigration policy with sanctuary cities and states. We can argue about whether the Constitution actually gives those powers to the federal government, but the point is when Democrats regain the White House at some point, as they certainly will, it will be red states turn to use both the Second and Tenth Amendments to push back against absurd liberal notions like the inevitable overreaching gun legislation.
That said, being particularly fond of intellectual consistency, I tend to be more forgiving of blue states going their own way today on issues, because I know full well well probably need the same consideration in the future. To that end, California can keep their marijuana and choke on it, as far as Im concerned, but theyd damn well better let Tennessee be Tennessee when the time comes. Thats true federalism, and going forward thats likely the only thing that could maintain the uneasy truce between liberals and conservatives in America.
Technology & Social Media
Its easy to think that leftists, when and if they get total control, would resort to the practices of their 20th Century ideological forebears leftist heroes like Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao and just start killing people willy-nilly, particularly those they disagree with. And dont get me wrong, they likely would if they could. However, in an age where the slightest injustice can be recorded and broadcast to billions in an instant, any future leftist overreach will be met with condemnation of freedom-loving people worldwide.
Why do you think Big Tech is so hellbent on curbing the free speech of so many on the ideological right? Thankfully, technology itself is ideology-free, and alternatives to the platforms currently controlled by the left are likely to continue to develop. Stories of any injustices committed will become increasingly difficult to hide, and technology will continue to allow like-minded people to work together and know they arent alone.
Just look at whats happening in Hong Kong now. I dont know what will ultimately happen there, but its hard to imagine things going down like 1989, and the main difference between the two eras is the emergence of technology. If the Chinese conducted a Tiananmen Square-style massacre, imagine the images and videos that would emerge. The Chinese may be Godless Communists, but even they dont want to be global pariahs.
Obviously, its impossible to predict the future, much less all the variables that could affect how any future leftist control is mitigated. But things dont necessarily have to end with a whimper OR a bang. Things could end with an uneasy truce and, however difficult, the clawing back of freedoms once lost
And so we won't, if they "win"...
I appreciate the effort, but nah,
when they win again we’re all pretty much
Nothing stops their power. That don’t obey any rules, so nothing stands inter way.
It’s this line of thinking that has given us the incremental infringement...the boiling frog. We make our stand NOW! No more compromise!
When? What 'when'? 80 years from now?
This is why the Never Trumpers are so infuriating. The president needs support. Always and on all topics. People like Mitt Romney or Andrew Card who show up in the paper and basically say "The Democrats are right " are a huge problem.
This isn't about "party loyalty". This is about Patriotism. You either support the US or you want it to fail. I know which side Romney is on.
4. Support constitutional sheriffs by linking up with my good friend Keith Broaders at Constitution Club. The sheriff is the top LEO of each county and they decide what is or is not enforced.
You might be. I suspect that, if it comes to that, a lot of us will be simply dead
I know it’s unpopular to say so here, but there are many who’d rather die in a fight to preserve liberty TODAY, than live one minute under the tyrant’s heel.
Many who’ve sworn an oath to do as much.
So many reasons in this article (and others like it) for NOT to expect a CWII. Is there a single reason why there very well might be a CWII? Yes.
There are enough people who still value freedom to cause it. Granted, it wouldn’t be easy, but it could happen.
We cannot give up!
Give me Liberty or give me death
I think they're in a take no prisoners mindset.
Townhall just isn’t that great a Conservative opinion site anymore.
Too much defeatism.
The American Revolution was based on the fact that there were one set of laws for the King, and another for his subjects.
Today the Democrats and their constituents are Royalty, subject to no laws, while the deplorables are subject to the written laws.
Honestly, the time to use jury nullification is right now - acquitting any defendant charged with any crime as a result of investigations by today's FBI. There should not be one single conviction rendered by any jury in an FBI-involved case until Wray is flung out the door and Comey and McCabe are indicted, at the very least. It should be the sense of the public at this time that "FBI charges are false charges."
That it is not so indicates that nothing would change if Democrats formally took over all three branches of government, instead of unofficially controlling them the way they do now.
3. Well, you know the rest...
It’s hard to be optimistic when you keep seeing the numbers on young people’s approval of Socialism. Then you speak with them and find out it’s for real.
If something dramatic does not change it’s only a matter of time.
When they get back power,things will get fugly bigly shtfly.
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