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Armed Insurrection?

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For a couple of days an All Things Considered report has had me stewing, hesitating to write because unsure if even mentioning armed insurrection gets you on some sort of watchlist.

But here goes.  The ATC story was about the Tea Party and Constitutionalism.  NPR used audio from a commercial radio talk show with a caller espousing the right to carry guns, citing the need to be armed to respond to encroachment by the federal government.  Then the host of the talk show suggested that the time might be right for armed insurrection.

Maybe I heard it wrong.  But it shocked me.  I’m aware of anti-government militia activity in the country, but thinking of its becoming a mainstream conversation rather than on the fringes is very troublesome.

Here’s what I’d like to hear:  An analysis of what less government would look like;  an analysis of taxpayer consensus about what government should provide.

I very much agree with a Constitutional scholar included in the ATC story that the Constitution should be subject to robust public debate.  It worries me, though, that the propagandists are so rampant in the current debate, egging on false notions with inflammatory statements.  ON ALL SIDES.

What do you think we should do to get through “this” together?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Kate

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Written by klochte

July 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

Posted in Opinion

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  1. When we (the USA) went into Afghanistan and Iraq part of the goal was to export democracy to this troubled part of the world, with the hope of creating more stable and prosperous states which might become allies of the US. In a frightening reversal of intent, it seems that we have instead imported some of the extremism of this region into our democracy.

    Some people who lost at the ballot box–the same ballot box that has been the very heart of American democracy since the time of the founding fathers- now threaten violence to get their way. Like children throwing tantrums, they want what they want when they want it and it’s wrong (read tyranny) when they don’t get it.

    Democracy is a double-edges sword. When everybody gets a vote, there’s always a chance that your side won’t prevail….this time. That’s the way it works. The only remedy for democracy is more democracy. Using violence to change the outcome of an election was called treason when I went to school and I don’t think the definition has changed since then.

    Dane

    July 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm


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