So this is Christmas.
While everybody celebrates, there is none for me. It was cancelled. Sure, I can go through the motions like anybody else. But this month it was cancelled. Sandy Hook? Sort of. Not by the incident itself.
If twenty nut jobs kill twenty kids over the course of a year, we won’t hear about it.
So no, death, as usual, is as usual and the world continues to be a slaughterhouse. To be so moved by news of such an incident is to have the same reaction as a copycat shooter. Sure, most of the sheep out there are scared and clamoring for gun control, but that’s the point: some kind of illogical reaction is afoot – shock and awe. Some are shocked and feel fear, and then there’re those people who have sunk so deep in the gene pool that they see such things as cool and get ideas to make their mark too.
No, Christmas was cancelled for me because of the reaction of people who I thought cared about liberty. What I have seen is that liberty, in the enumerated form of the Bill of Rights, is being cherry-picked. I am not one to be in the choir nor preach to it, so it’s no big deal to me to get the Twitter feeds from the “free speech” crowd, the “internet freedom” crowd, the “food freedom” crowd, and yes, even the “spiritual crowd” though they continue to remain the most controlled group. Losing a holiday to a broken heart is nothing new. When you live long enough, you will have this happen at least a few times.
For over a week I have watched people who are against the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA call for civilian disarmament. I have argued with people who support internet freedom, call for gun control over this – but nope, I am supposed to give up my guns. “The Second Amendment was written before the automatic weapon” they say. Yeah, it was also written before the internet. Before Radio and TV, too – in fact, radio and TV were routinely used against liberty. They don’t call it “programming” for nothing. I used the term “weaponized democracy” to describe the effect of making people ignorant and petty, and such that these people vote.
This bring me back to why I write this now, at this late hour between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. I’m not concerned with meals and presents and other such pageantry. War is upon us and for soldiers of liberty there is no rest. So I ask these internet warriors if they really want to go there, where this “amendment versus technology” thing is. Yes, they want to go there. They don’t know the slippery slope they stand on. With the food freedom crowd, they tend to be a little out of these loops. I think it would not matter if humans were being used as meat cows by some mutated elite so long as the grass was nonGMO. Having lived in areas where open carry does not get you a second glance and so-called “liberal zones” where the mere sight of a gun would bring out SWAT teams, I noticed that the concept of “organic food” is rare in the gun zones. Heck, in 9 years in Florida I never saw bread and cola without High Fructose Corn Syrup. I recently had to email an old friend a list of brands that he cannot find and would have to special order. Yes, you see, those cities where they are very “lefty” and will reliably vote for the Obamas, Kerrys, and Clintons, it’s nonGMO and organic this and that everywhere you look. But hit the boonies where you hear lots of gunfire and training on the weekends, you would be lucky to find one skinny aisle at a Fred Myers with anything that does not comprise a bio-chem attack. So as far as the food freedom movement is concerned, with the exception of people like Mike Adams, they are the fix that’s already in. You like Trotsky and what Alinsky has done for “consensus?” Great! Live until 90 as a weapon of democracy. You like guns and property rights? Here, have some diabetes at 40 and cancer by 50.
It does not stop there. Individuals, ranging from the usual “celebrity” who makes their money on big screen violence participating in the big “let make this America’s Dunblane” move. I see people who have gone up against government tyranny on other fronts join in this chorus, people who have battled over whistle-blowing issues, freedom of the press issues – all singing the verse. Would not those who have seen the beast up close see exactly what they are dealing with? These are people who would call America a police state, yet they fail to see this connection between the meaning of the Second Amendment and the overall concept of liberty. Paul Craig Roberts makes a great case.
But even then, where were the gun owners when all of the other liberties were taken? I was being drummed off “gun forums” for warning people about the PATRIOT Act. “Everything’s changed since 911! Everything’s changed since 911! Everything’s changed since 911!” – yes, I would hear that THREE times every time it was said on a so-called “conservative” radio talk show.
As the leader of the Florida Chapter of the Tyranny Response Team, a distant 13 years ago, I have spent the last 12 watching laws put into place that, had they been in place when the Million Mom March (MMM) attempted to do with Columbine what the left is trying to do with Sandy Hook now, then the TRT would have been POWERLESS. Yes, you see when an anti-gun city government wants to let an anti-gun group have some big rally to make it look like everybody is into this and if you are not you are therefore wrong and must change (this is known as a “consensus” in the Alinsky world), with the laws in place today, a pro-gun group could not do what it did in 2000. We went head to head with the MMM in 2000, being wherever they were. But since, under the term of George W. Bush, as a measure to clamp down on those “antiwar hippies” (as I was told) there are now “free speech zones.”
So, now, there won’t be opposition. Be advised that the cops are more taser happy than ever before, and there is a host of “precrime” concept out there. We only got harassed back then for being “pro gun.” I expect there will be circular thinking of “since they are pro gun, they therefore have guns, and (insert some article-paragraph-subsection of some book here) therefore they are breaking the law, or might be, so call in SWAT and let the media know” so they can put that on TV, too.
Of course I was a voice in the wilderness then. But it’s not like the NRA cared. Nobody who called themselves proud members cared. Show them the World Trade Center going down and they act like “liberals” looking at a memorial at Sandy Hook (is there a pattern here?). But the NRA dissed the only presidential candidate who ever dared to state what the Second Amendment was really all about (resisting tyrannical government). The NRA always pushed one great big lie: that the right (or wrong) laws get passed and we have to turn in our guns, as if we are to all line up obediently. So it was no surprise that the NRA “solution” to Sandy Hook is just as statist as the other solution being called for. So let’s see, become a disarmed vassal slave OR put a cop in every hallway. The first well-known school massacre was Kent State. Given that not a day goes by that we don’t hear of a cop abusing their authority, and then followed up with: being backed up in a false story, the victim being the one charged, the police union fighting the expulsion if the story fails… add in a dash of prosecutor misconduct for good measure.
But I must submit, that there appears to be just about no more liberty to defend. You see, tyranny is expensive with guns. Without guns, you need only a guy at a podium with a ridiculous uniform, the kind with brushes on the shoulders, saying “obey or die” and all he needs are knuckledusters with clubs to rape, rob, and make examples of people. But with guns, you need pretty much exactly what we have now: false paradigms of a two-party system, a corporate-owned media in bed with a bankster-run government that traffics in narcotics and people, along with a medical industrial complex to keep people sick and stupid and a prison industrial complex to keep anybody who gets caught in this gotcha game in a cage – and for victimless crimes. So we have men in their fifties with vast gun collections worshiping all things police and military and thinking they have freedom.
Those who try to own land beyond a patch in the suburbs, own a business, or develop new medical or industrial processes learn otherwise.
There are gun owners who, as long as they can have their AR-15 and a 30-round magazine, don’t think twice about the NDAA and the various attempts to take over the internet (those we know of). The internet “pirates,” all about freedom to download stuff, pushing web encryption, and TOR networks, fail to see that they are in fact dealing with weapons of a sort. Before PGP, encryption technology was covered under the same export regulations as weapons of war. So they ferociously defend their privacy yet fail to see that a time will come when just sending an encrypted message body won’t matter one bit when nothing you can say changes anything. I would say that the internet freedom movement has a lot of stake grounded in protesting. We have seen in the last few years how social media is playing a part in these “color revolutions” (though there is much evidence of US-backed NGOs and the CIA involved – buyer beware). But what is protesting when you are dealing with people who will kill for power and money, whose power flows out of the barrel of a gun (their gun)? Looking at how Donald Rumsfeld talks of demonstrations should give you an idea of what an elitist thinks of people without guns protesting the actions of those with guns.
The problem, based on observation, is that everybody is cherry-picking liberty. Around each Amendment of the Bill of Rights, factions or “clans” have formed. Perhaps “tribalism” would be a more functional word. Maybe even “cult” will do as well. Ferociously will they defend “their rights” and discard the others. Ferociously will gun owners defend RKBA but meanwhile, we have seen all but the total strike-out of the other amendments (except maybe the third amendment but the NRA is working on that it seems, starting with the schools). Hackers, cyberpunks, and bloggers will man the battle stations in the time it takes to send a Tweet (trust me there is a solid core of them who do more than that) but they think that their power of words in text matter to a system of government that treats mere words like mere words. When actually written, they’re like “a Goddamned piece of paper.”
Do the gun owners know that there is little left to defend?
Surely it’s getting down to “whether or not I have to get on the truck,” but this is misguided. This is a reference to being “taken away.” This is a pointless and dangerous assumption when the whole planet becomes a concentration camp. They are not “coming to your door” either. I cringe whenever I hear that. You will be lucky if you still have a door by that time, because without liberty, there is no guarantee you will have one if you want it.
Do the web warriors and their ilk know that they are dealing with people who, if they could expose them, resort to violence? Do they notice that whenever there is a school shooting, guys in body armor with machine guns hang out there for days, for no real reason? Do they fail to see the parallels with the knights of old, equipped and trained to intimidate on behalf of a system that was waving a sword at everybody and pointing a gun now? You would expect them to be smart enough to pick up on this. But by their works, and taking a cue from Rumsfeld as to the effect of their works having on the elites, the last freedom we might have left, in a state that does whatever it wants no matter what anybody thinks, is the right to complain about not having any freedom.
I would say that complaining is a matter of chain-rattling that lets the tyrants know we are still in them. Do you think someone living on their own farm with their own means of production is going to complain when a food coop gets raided over raw milk? Do those people who live in counties with a Constitutional sheriff go up in arms when somebody at a desk 3000 miles away wants to pass yet another law over Agenda 21, guns, or whatever?
In fact, what we have seen since Sandy Hook is a lot of people voting with two things that count more than any rhetoric of Alinksy-born media-fueled “consensus.” They have used their feet and their wallets and purchased more guns and magazines at a record pace. The old saying goes: “Money talks and bullsh!t walks.” There are brainstormers and wargamers in smokey back rooms who do not like this kind of thing.
But the damage is done, and when people I respected for their efforts for liberty have turned on an essential cornerstone of it, that’s heart-breaking. I have long suffered from the disappointment of fellow gun owners, as they have from the times of ignoring the PATRIOT Act to ignoring Romney’s anti-gun history (as they supported him: the only one electable, they said). For this reason I always left the door open in my heart for “those others” who also appeared to care about liberty. Since Sandy Hook, they came through that door, and peed in the hallway. I have been attacked, “drummed off,” blocked, insulted, and ridiculed.
At the least, we see that there is something afoot with a kind of liberty movement, one that has no name, where people are indeed seeking a non-political solution. People who want real food, not poison, are getting it, laws be damned. I mentioned that the gun stores have been swarmed with buyers and Americans typically don’t obey a dumb law when they know they can get away with it (hence the failure of Prohibition and the War on Drugs). The hackers will continue to expose corruption and “DOX” (release the documents of certain organizations or individuals who are up to no good) the bad guys. The cyberpunks and privacy advocates, if they fail to keep the internet free, already have backup plans.
All of this together is a non-political solution. The Ring of Power, or One Ring, from Tollkien’s novels getting tossed back in the fires of Mordor, is a very significant metaphor of the non-political solution. Tolkien himself was an admitted “conservative anarchist.”** We have seen, more clearly now than ever, how the “desire to do good” through a system of evil enthralls and corrupts those who try to work through it. To take the ring and use it, to put it, is to perpetuate it. Presently the two-party duopoly manages this. Still, they don’t like to admit that roughly half if not fewer of the eligible voters actually vote.
In the “Fellowship of the Ring,” nine were sent to destroy the Ring. We all should know this story. We can say that there was a Fellowship in the real world, most clearly manifest in the Ron Paul presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012. This was a movement more than anything I could describe. Even publicly being a supporter of Ron Paul was not a problem with most people save for the government and corrupt political hacks. There were other movements in the meantime: the Tea Party (though they existed before, did not come to prominence) and there was Occupy Wall Street. These movements are gone. The Tea Party started out with around 40 percent of the participants claiming to be democrats. The neocons took over the Tea Party, and that was the end of it. The original patriots would have nothing to do with it while the democrats were turned off, and the “Tea Party Candidates” supposedly gaining office because of Tea Party backing turned out to be just as statist as the rest of the Congress. Occupy Wall Street or OWS also had its day in the sun. The first wave of propaganda against it was intended to destroy it, with posts all over the internet that these were a “bunch of hippies.” It did not start out that way, because it was indeed about Wall Street and the “End the Fed” sentiment always found a warm welcome. So the propaganda shifted, with the help of George Soros and his crowd, to co-opt it, then came that creepy “group voice” thing and the drum circles. I must admit that this did not work out well enough, as the system has certainly turned on OWS as surely as it co-opted the Tea Party. OWS started to get cleaned out, raided. That’s what happens to movements that don’t get co-opted.
Meanwhile, Ron Paul is retiring, and so scattering back to the four winds go the factions. To the east wind go the pro-lifers, those who hold on to long traditions of family and religion, the kind of conservatives who build the world and keep it running (the dwarfs). To the west wind go the libertarians and the “back to the land” crowd, preferring to be left alone (the hobbits). To the north wind go the Dunedain (the militia or “Rangers of the North”) and to the south go the progressives or true liberals (on to the White City, a cosmopolitan crossroads kind of place).
The Fellowship is at an end. This is the sad part.
I would have followed them to the very fires of Mordor.
But we are the gun owners, the keepers of the weapons, the militia, and the trainers, and it’s not over. We have a sense of history and that history writes “death” on our future as surely as nobody ever learns from history. This is not red magic marker death, this is bloody splattered death with claw marks. This is not a game. There is no choice. There is no backing down. They didn’t back down at Lexington. There was nowhere to run.
We didn’t always have a Fellowship, so nothing really changes.
**Tolkien wrote in The Letters p. 63
My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to unconstitutional Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word state (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate!
Maybe we’ll get it back someday.