Two major tenets of Repub/Conservative thought in recent years have been that of a strong military and freedom from gun control. They cite the desire for the largest military in the world, given unlimited funding as long as John McCain is alive, and the desire to maintain the ability to kill every human being on the planet with 10 minutes notice. You know, good Christian moral standards.
In addition, they are so proud of themselves when they write essays and post memes about government tyranny and the need for personal weaponry to keep it in check. They pontificate about George Washington’s statements about governments that are too powerful and how the citizenry needs to stay armed to keep them in check. You know, all that “from my cold dead hands” drivel.
But, as usual, the intellectual shiny objects of simple-minded patriotism and reductive thought processes brings them to a corner from which they can never extricate themselves. You can’t have both.
What they’ve neglected to understand is that the military is part of the government. Yes, that entity that they apparently hate so much controls, feeds and funds the military. It works for them.
So, if next Saturday morning you decide that this damned government has just become too tyrannical, too powerful, too big, and you and about 50 of your closest friends decide that you’re not gonna take it anymore, what are you going to do? Get out the 20 or 30 or 50 guns, rifles, AR15s, Kalashnikovs and the occasional 50 cal and…do what? Take over a local military base? Well, those guys got shit like rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Howitzers, flame-throwers, tanks, armored personnel carriers, and, oh yeah, F-freakin-117s! Ever think what a Patriot Missle would do to the clubhouse in your subdivision? You might want to get the kids out of the pool before you go. Jus’ sayin’.
OK, well, if a military base is too big, why not start your insurrection by attacking a police station? With all your call for gun rights and strong law enforcement, have you seen what the cops have nowadays? How well do you think you’d stand up to cops in camo, riot gear and military armored Humvees? Folks, you guys have to rethink this entire “guns suppress tyranny” drivel. They may have had a chance in 1787, but do you think that your personal cache of pea-shooters will stand up to, oh, I don’t know, a Browning M2?
The 2007 Defense Authorization Bill, with over $500 billion allocated to the military, and which also contained the changes to the Insurrection Act of 1807, was passed by a bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress: 398-23 in the House and by unanimous consent in the Senate. For military forces to be used under the provisions of the revised Insurrection Act, the following conditions must be met:
(1) The President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to–
(A) restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that–
(i) domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; and
(ii) such violence results in a condition described in paragraph (2); or
(B) suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such insurrection, violation, combination, or conspiracy results in a condition described in paragraph (2).
(2) A condition described in this paragraph is a condition that–
(A) so hinders the execution of the laws of a State or possession, as applicable, and of the United States within that State or possession, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State or possession are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or
(B) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.
The above is the law of the land. You can’t just make it up as you go, even if you did see a really well-worded bumper sticker at your local gun shop.
You need to get used to the fact that if the government wanted your guns, they wouldn’t give you a lot of warning that they were coming for them. And most of you, if you have families and houses and nice cars and dirt bikes and jet skis and golf carts and you love your kids, probably wouldn’t want to go to jail or risk your family’s lives in a firefight just for your stupid guns. You’d hand them over in a New York minute.
Some of you guys need to grow up and stop with the phony patriotic “Second Amendment or die” bullshit. It looks good on a T-Shirt at an NRA convention, but you know it’s just intellectual phlegm. The fact that the military hasn’t come for your guns proves that they have no need for them. They’ve got lots of their own, and they’re bigger than yours. You need to get over yourselves.
You wanted a big, powerful military. Well, you got it, fellas…L’chaim.