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.