Curiously enough, the local press refused to publish my thoughts regarding the Second Amendment and tyranny. Here it is, a 7-minute read, unpublished by the local press. I’ve also provided it in audio format (13:49 listen), for those who prefer that option.
I am told people don’t read anymore, that they don’t have the time or “bandwidth”. I disagree. If you have invested enough time and attention to get this far, you obviously care enough to take the measure of the person you wish to represent you in Montpelier. Thank you in advance for taking the time to consider my thesis.
Be Careful What You Wish For
In September 2001, before the smoke had cleared from the rubble of the twin towers, Congress passed the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) by a vote of 420-1. The legislation enables the President to use kinetic war, including especially “preemptive war”, without Congressional debate. After affirming her convictions in church, US Representative Barbara Lee of Oakland, CA, cast the lone dissenting vote (the vote in the Senate was 98-0).
Representative Lee knew there would be a tremendous price to pay, and indeed there was. The death threats and accusations of being a traitor came pouring in (It is worthwhile to ponder whether she would be cancelled from our current media landscape for taking such a brave stand against the dominant narrative). Now, after 20 years of unchecked executive branch power and the loss of so much blood, treasure, and moral standing, particularly in the Middle East, to support a petro dollar that now no longer exists, most would agree that history has vindicated her vote.
The Patriot Act was also ready to be signed right away, and the American surveillance state, all that the latest generation of Americans have ever known and experienced, was birthed. Because we were afraid. And angry.
It is with an especially heavy heart that I read the Voices section of the June 1 edition of the Commons. The horror of the Uvalde incident cannot be overstated. However, that being said, we would be well advised, yet again, to take a step back and examine the situation on a macro level. In August 2020, I appealed to the readership of this publication to do much the same in regard to covid (“Calm down, tame your fear, and think clearly about Covid-19”, http://www.commonsnews.org/site/sitenext/story.php?articleno=32775&page=1).
We react predictably to such horrors. And the push for IMMEDIATE ACTION on GUNS is once again shouted from the bully pulpit, digital rooftops, and across the editorial pages of the remaining papers. Emotions are overflowing. Consensus seems overwhelming. But wait. Channel Barbara Lee.
As we step further back in time, we observe patterns to these horrific events. The 1999 Columbine, CO shooting in particular, shares many facets of the Uvalde murders, particularly the psychological makeup of the perpetrators and the fact that in both instances police stood down outside the school for an hour as the massacre was taking place within.
Reporters are supposed to ask what, how, where, when, and why.
Where did the shooter get the money for the guns and the new truck (when he didn’t have a driver’s license)? Who propped the school’s back door open? Why did police, who had had an active shooter drill just two weeks prior, being aware they were to intercept any active school shooter whether alone or in pairs, let alone larger groups, not go into the building for over an hour once the shooter was inside, shots were heard, and 911 calls were made from inside the building by students and teachers? And so on and so on. I could continue, but these topics will receive plenty of consideration elsewhere in the weeks and months to come.
So now we have yet another horrific mass murder of the innocent, with the concomitant wailing of those wishing to blame the atrocity on the tool of destruction, rather than the wielder of the tool of destruction. Do we call for a ban on SUV’s after the Waukesha Wisconsin terrorist attacker, Darrell Brooks, methodically drove through a Christmas parade, killing four “dancing grannies” and two others, and injuring 62, wielding a high-power SUV? (President Biden visited Buffalo and Uvalde, but not Waukesha.)
Divided countries are easier to conquer than unified ones. A disarmed citizenry cannot push back against authoritarian regimes. The Second Amendment is under attack as we realize why the Second Amendment exists in the first place.
Australia, after a mass shooting, disarmed its populace in 1996. And since 2020 its police have been notoriously brutal against its people. Australia also features covid camps, in which citizens were detained (“quarantined”) for fourteen days at a time. Because covid.
Let us pause to consider China.
China has locked down 400 million people, a population larger than the entirety of the United States. Locked down hard – starving, can’t leave their homes, pets killed, screaming from their windows, while robotic dogs shout instructions from the streets. Nobody knows exactly why. The CCP is not saying, and they don’t have to. You can do things like that in a closed society. They haven’t even declared a “state of emergency”. (Shanghai is completely shut down; and if you haven’t heard of any of this in your media feeds, other than in offhand references to “supply chain disruptions”, you might want to ask them, and yourself, why that is the case.)
Chinese citizens also have a social credit score, as all their moves, transactions, and social interactions are tracked by the government. Currency is digital. If the CCP doesn’t like your post on social media, you lose your ability to buy or sell anything, rent an apartment, participate in society. You can in effect be killed for your political views remotely with the flip of a switch. Naturally, the citizenry is unarmed.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly shared his admiration for Xi Xinping and the efficiency with which he rules. (This is the same Xi Xinping who recently referred to President Joe Biden as “my old friend”. Let the multiple levels of that sink in.) Mr. Trudeau, along with Xi Xinping, is a graduate of the World Economic Forum’s “Leadership training”. Klaus Schwab, the head of the WEF, bragged in an interview that in addition to Mr. Trudeau, at least half of the Canadian Cabinet had graduated from his program.
Last winter a convoy of Canadian truckers peacefully protested against covid mandates in Ottawa. They shoveled the sidewalks. There was singing and dancing, and bouncy castles in the Canadian capital city. How did Justin Trudeau’s government respond? By shutting down the bank accounts of the protestors.
Now the Canadian government is disarming its populace. The ostensible reason, they say, is the rising tide of gun violence in Canada, particularly the April 18, 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia. What the US press (NPR) did not say or ask about in its June 3rd 2022 coverage of this process is the fact that that incident also featured a botched response from law enforcement, and the subsequent “public enquiry” has been kept from the public. History doesn’t repeat, but it sure seems to be rhyming.
Then we go next door to New York and Bill A416, which would have allowed the Governor to detain people in camps.
If this bill had passed, you could be put in a detention facility if a fatally flawed PCR test ramped up to 40 cycles says you have tested positive for a piece of a microbe that you have no symptoms of carrying. Or if your Chinese-made antigen test provides a false positive. The Invisible Enemy indeed. That bill has been defeated. For now.
In Geneva, Switzerland last week the World Health Organization, (WHO) funded primarily by Bill Gates, shelved the act, pushed forward by the Biden administration, that would have ceded member countries’ sovereignty to the WHO in the case of a pandemic or “health emergency”, as determined by, wait for it…the WHO. Forty-seven African countries led the resistance to that measure. Perhaps they have had some experience with colonization, the Gates Foundation, and Tedros Ghebreyesus, whose background makes for fascinating reading.
Also presenting at the WHO was Deutsche Telecom, the parent company of T-Mobile, demonstrating the utility of its “green pass” system, complete with QR codes, to track the health histories of those who have taken the experimental mRNA gene therapy shot, and those who have not. Welcome to vaccine apartheid, the social credit score, and China-style authoritarianism. The only things in the way are the pesky US Constitution and those 370 million guns.
Think I’m crazy? Here’s a quote of a subsection of a publicly available 2010 document, Scenarios for the Future of Technology an International Development, from the Rockefeller Foundation. The subheading is called, “Lock Step”. It war-games a 2012 pandemic scenario:
The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter postpandemic recovery…
At first, the notion of a more controlled world gained wide acceptance and approval. Citizens willingly gave up some of their sovereignty — and their privacy — to more paternalistic states in exchange for greater safety and stability. Citizens were more tolerant, and even eager, for top-down direction and oversight, Michelle Bos-Lun appeals for declaration of VT state of Emergency, November 2021)(author’s note – my opposition to these sentiments expressed in Vermont media by the current Representative of Windham-3 is the essence of why I am running for this office) and national leaders had more latitude to impose order in the ways they saw fit. In developed countries, this heightened oversight took many forms: biometric IDs for all citizens, for example, and tighter regulation of key industries whose stability was deemed vital to national interests.
In February 2019, CCP General Counsel Huang Ping came to Montpelier and separately visited Governor Scott, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, and Secretary of State Jim Condos. The coverage of that event in this article from the Chinese Consulate also makes fascinating reading: https://www.mfa.gov.cn/ce/cgny//eng/lgxx/zlsxx_3/hd/t1647782.htm. Here is a quote: “Jim Condos, the Secretary if State, expressed that Vermont is a ski resort in winter and a colorful natural oxygen bar in summer and fall…he believes that the enthusiastic and unsophisticated people of Vermont would make a profound impression on the Chinese people.” As with the Xi reference to Joe Biden, take your time and pore over the multiple levels of meaning.
Ten weeks after those Vermont meetings, on May 14th, 2019, Chinese media declared a Peoples’ War against the United States. That October the military parades were held in Wuhan, and Event 201, a pandemic preparedness exercise sponsored by the Gates Foundation and Johns Hopkins University (subsequent media go-to source of covid “information”) occurred in New York City. And in January 2020, rolling into the Year of the Rat, the first year of the Chinese 12-year cycle (a propitious time to start new enterprises), we got rolling with cataclysmic covid, with the psychological, emotional, Constitutional, and economic devastation enabled by the declared “State of Emergency”, enacted nationally and on a state by state basis by nearly all US Governors, including, of course, Governor Scott.
And now here we are, making matters even worse by yelling at each other through bullhorns of moral outrage, hyped by the media, while the ruling class sits back and smiles, counting their windfall of profits and power. The view from Davos is just fabulous, thanks, though it doesn’t brag the “enthusiastic and unsophisticated people” that we enjoy here, with the exception of Senator Leahy, who was in attendance at the May 2022 WEF meeting.
Please understand that the people who are against gun control legislation are not necessarily knuckle-dragging mouth breathers with testosterone deficiencies. We (yes, I too, especially in light of the revelations of the past two and a half years, am firmly in this camp) are chiefly concerned with the ability to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. An effective militia must be be in possession of arms that are proportional in power to those that can be brought to bear against the citizenry of this Republic.
So my fellow citizens, please pause to consider the second, third, and fourth order consequences of hastily legislating out of fear and anger.
The ease with which we give up our right to preserve our individual and national sovereignty is directly proportional to the speed with which our children will be taught that the Mandarin term for micro aggression is wei guan gong ji.