- by Gitabushi
Conservatives and Patriots are in somewhat of an uncomfortable position right now.
This tweet-thread explains a good portion of the discomfort, but not all of it.
The part it doesn’t cover is how everything seems to be all-or-nothing. The military takes an oath to defend the US Constitution. Obama clearly violated the US Constitution when he deliberately attempted to legislate with EOs. He flatly stated he would act *because* the GOP-controlled Congress wouldn’t do what he wanted.
The military didn’t depose him.
Did every single military member violate their oath, then?
What was the military supposed to do? Throw him out of office? Assassinate him?
Well, what is the military supposed to do when an unConstitutional law is written? Attack the legislators who wrote it? How would they even know a law is unConstitutional until/unless the Supreme Court strikes it down?
Bottom line: the US military has no role in determining what is or isn’t Constitutional. And there is no military role in resolving violations of the US Constitution.
But the same conundrum faces the citizenry, particularly now:
What are we supposed to do when the Elite violate the US Constitution with the Deep Coup? What are we supposed to do when the federal government bureaucracy has become politicized and uses tax dollars and federal government authority on behalf of one party to achieve goals of violating and reducing our individual liberty?
Normally, citizens are supposed to then participate in the political process, giving power to those who will use political means to punish the violators within the restrictions outlined in the US Constitution. Except, what if the violations are machinations by political actors to suppress or ignore out participation in the political process?
What if the Supreme Court rules something Constitutional that is plainly *not* Constitutional?
The answer I’ve gotten before is basically: Revolution. The Roots of the Tree of Liberty needs some watering with the blood of tyrants.
But nobody is doing that, are they? And if someone assassinated Rep. Nancy Pelosi tomorrow, they would be rightfully accused of and prosecuted for murder.
If the violations we’ve already endured are not enough to spur armed resistance, then what will be?
But if we don’t actually form a revolution, is it legal? Or is it just murder? When does it stop being simple murder and start being an act of liberty?
I think most people are not acting because it is a really terrifying line to cross. So we hesitate, hoping we can see some resolution without resorting to deadly violence.
While you mull that, I’d like to introduce another aspect:
I’ve often said that one of the problems of our society is it is no longer permissible to punch someone who is being a public jerk. No matter how much someone may deserve a punch, you risk being arrested and convicted of assault. Our society has become degenerate enough that if a guy openly flirts with your wife, and you punch him, you’re the one in the wrong.
But let’s say simple assault doesn’t get prosecuted. We let it go, so that direct responses to being a jerk can help make a more civil society. Would that happen? Or would we just end up with stronger men having even more freedom to be jerks to everyone around them?
Enter the idea whose time has come again, I think.
It does no real harm. It is uncomfortable, and a serious hassle for the person tarred and feathered. But it doesn’t scar, it doesn’t wound, and it serves as an excellent warning to other people doing things similar to the original tarring and feathering recipient.
It *is* an assault and battery, but it is done by a group. I can’t tar and feather Rep. Adam Schiff, but a couple dozen of us can. If a couple dozen of us participate, it will be harder for Leftist authorities to prosecute. The action gains some measure of appropriateness based on the fact that it is a form of democracy: it is citizens coming together to punish a politician for their political activity.
Even aside from the somewhat-dubious proposition that there would be some legal safety in numbers, I could handle a few months in jail for participating in the tarring and feathering of a politician. I could explain it to my family. I would not feel any shame or worry I had something actually wrong.
While I don’t want Lois Lerner to retain her pension, and would like to see her in jail, I would be somewhat mollified if she were tarred and feathered.
[Edited to add this paragraph:]
In contrast, murdering a politician is indefensible. You can try to claim it isn’t wrong due to Watering the Roots of the Tree of Liberty all you want, it is still *murder*. It would risk decades in jail, possibly the rest of your life, with no guarantee it would have any effect at all in even slowing the Leftist destruction of US Rule of Law, much less reversing it. No wonder everyone just sits around talking about revolution, but no one does anything.
There is a significant drawback/downside, however. The Left loves collective action, and they are copycats. They already try to intimidate GOP politicians through threatening actions. They’ve driven Ted Cruz out of a restaurant and threatened Mitch McConnell. If tarring and feathering comes back in vogue, the Left would attempt to tar and feather conservative politicians for actually following the Constitution.
There should be a way to resolve or prevent this. One thing that comes to mind is that the Left has no sense of proportion or patience. They wouldn’t have the capability of organizing a relatively non-violent tarring and feathering, they would include actual criminal behavior of beating, and maybe even lynching.
However, while I don’t want to encourage the Left to copycat escalation into harming GOP politicians, I am also not responsible for their actions and immaturity. It would be easy to legalize tarring and feathering while still coming down harshly on anyone who went beyond that, and that would mean prosecuting Leftists almost exclusively.
Or maybe that’s idealist wishcasting.