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Three Things That Could Curb Leftist Power When Democrats Win Again ^ | October 8, 2019 | Scott Morefield

Posted on 10/08/2019 12:53:06 PM PDT by Kaslin

On at least two occasions here at Townhall, I’ve 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 haven’t checked them out yet and would like to, you can read both columns here and here.) While I’m 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. We’ve got the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a national tradition of self-reliance and resistance to tyranny unlike any other nation. And you’d 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:

Jury Nullification

Like “Fight Club,” the one rule of jury nullification these days is: “Don’t talk about jury nullification.” What was once perceived as an important and valid tool for making sure the law didn’t 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 doesn’t want you or anyone else to know that, of course, but that doesn’t 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 we’d be facing in this scenario, it wouldn’t 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.

10th Amendment

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, we’re 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 we’ll probably need the same consideration in the future. To that end, California can keep their marijuana and choke on it, as far as I’m concerned, but they’d damn well better let Tennessee be Tennessee when the time comes. That’s true federalism, and going forward that’s likely the only thing that could maintain the uneasy truce between liberals and conservatives in America.

Technology & Social Media

It’s 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 don’t 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 aren’t alone.

Just look at what’s happening in Hong Kong now. I don’t know what will ultimately happen there, but it’s 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 don’t want to be global pariahs.

Obviously, it’s impossible to predict the future, much less all the variables that could affect how any future leftist control is mitigated. But things don’t 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

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KEYWORDS: democrats; demonrats; theleft; tyranny
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1 posted on 10/08/2019 12:53:06 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The Democrats have shown us that it's OK not to accept the results of an election.

And so we won't, if they "win"...

2 posted on 10/08/2019 12:55:36 PM PDT by kiryandil (The Media & the DNC tells you who you're gonna vote for. We CHOSE Trump.)
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To: Kaslin

I appreciate the effort, but nah,
when they win again we’re all pretty much

3 posted on 10/08/2019 12:57:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: Kaslin

Nothing stops their power. That don’t obey any rules, so nothing stands inter way.

4 posted on 10/08/2019 1:01:44 PM PDT by devane617 (Kyrie Eleison, where I'm going, will you follow?)
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To: Kaslin

It’s this line of thinking that has given us the incremental infringement...the boiling frog. We make our stand NOW! No more compromise!

5 posted on 10/08/2019 1:02:33 PM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: Kaslin
When Democrats Win Again

When? What 'when'? 80 years from now?

6 posted on 10/08/2019 1:05:26 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Elitist Liberals have no idea the hunger and strength of the beast they have uncaged.)
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To: The Unknown Republican
We make our stand NOW! No more compromise!


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.

7 posted on 10/08/2019 1:05:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: Kaslin

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.

8 posted on 10/08/2019 1:09:10 PM PDT by Salvavida
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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.

9 posted on 10/08/2019 1:09:58 PM PDT by Hugh the Scot (I won`t be wronged. I won`t be insulted. I won`t be laid a hand on. - John Bernard Books)
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To: Kaslin

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.

10 posted on 10/08/2019 1:10:32 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

We cannot give up!

Give me Liberty or give me death

11 posted on 10/08/2019 1:13:36 PM PDT by Karoo
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To: Kaslin
I think if the dims win in 2020 and retake the Senate they will ram through everything they didn't win bammy was prez.

I think they're in a take no prisoners mindset.

12 posted on 10/08/2019 1:16:53 PM PDT by ealgeone
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To: ealgeone

Townhall just isn’t that great a Conservative opinion site anymore.

Too much defeatism.

13 posted on 10/08/2019 1:18:57 PM PDT by Jack Black ("If you believe in things that you don't understand then you suffer" - "Superstition",Stevie Wonder)
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To: Salvavida

Excellent point!

14 posted on 10/08/2019 1:23:39 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: NTHockey

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.

15 posted on 10/08/2019 1:25:00 PM PDT by cgbg (Vote Trump or you will _be_ Trump)
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To: Kaslin
I'm not expecting any great wave of jury nullification. Not enough people are aware they have the right to do it. Too many think they have to do whatever the judge tells them...because the law says so. Too many conservatives equate jury nullification to O.J. Simpson's jury giving a pass to an accredited member of the same racial group, regardless of guilt or innocence, instead of seeing it as the greatest single tool to guarantee liberty that the Founding Fathers left us.

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.

16 posted on 10/08/2019 1:29:03 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL]-[GALT]-[DELETE])
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To: Kaslin
Three Things That Could Curb Leftist Power When Democrats Win Again

1. TAR



17 posted on 10/08/2019 1:29:17 PM PDT by Don Corleone (nothing upsets the left more than the truth)
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3. Well, you know the rest...

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To: Jack Black

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.

19 posted on 10/08/2019 1:51:35 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: Kaslin

When they get back power,things will get fugly bigly shtfly.

20 posted on 10/08/2019 1:56:30 PM PDT by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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