The High Road is a gun forum I lurk upon, and the Legal And Political section is always good for a slow motion train-wreck. Take this gem, here. This is a discussion about a recent story of anti-Bush protesters being arrested in Crawford, TX. Seems the would-be protesters didn’t have some sort of “permit”, or sumpin’. There’s a bit of intelligence from the usual worthies mixed in the comments, but the typical reaction is something like this:
More Liberal Nonsense
The heading should say, break the law and go to jail. Those protesters broke the law and they were punished. What is the problem?
Y’see that attitude, there? That utter, brain-dead worship of “the law” is what got us so deep into the mess we’re in now. Since “the law” is whatever the government says it is, the above slackjaw is conceding that, yeah, the government pretty much has the right to do whatever it wants to, whenever it wants to, however it wants to. The only reason he likes it now is that it isn’t a Democrat enforcing “the law” against one of his pet causes.
These yammerhead conservatives at THR are the same morons who, dollars to doughnuts, are going to herd themselves down to the polls in November and put their stupid little hoof-marks on the ballot next to GW’s name, all the while bleating about how they can barely stand the taste of the Republican cud they’re chewing. Thing is, the Republican party knows that the gun owner vote is locked up solid. After all, who else are they gonna vote for? All that the GOP has to do is to not be quite as bad as the Dems, and they can stick the gun vote in their pocket. This is a truth that the grass-eaters just don’t want to face.
Y’see, facing the stark naked truth that their votes are sewn up might mean making some really unpleasant adjustments in their world-view, like facing the fact that electoral politics and their beloved Constitution are what got them into the mess they’re in in the first place. Like noticing that since we’re sitting at the bottom of the results of two hundred years of balloting and constitutionalizing, maybe we ought to try something else, for a change. Like getting the point that an obscure lawyer made a long time ago:
But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain–that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.
Just wait. When the next Democrat takes hold of the whip, it’ll damn sure come down hard on those oh-so-deserving idiots who are defending that selfsame whipping nowadays. And mark my words, they will still have no better idea of what to do about their predicament than to meander into the voting booth and pull the lever for the Republicans, again and again and again.