Sunday, May 2, 2010

Just in Case the Inevitable Happens

                          
Here's why Kevin at The Smallest Minority keeps guns:


And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? -- Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, The Gulag Archipelago

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The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once. -- Judge Alex Kozinski, dissenting, Silveira v. Lockyer, denial to re-hear en banc, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003.


                                          

6 comments:

  1. (S)elections are a sham. And while not quite being "silenced" yet, dissent is most certainly being demonized. Do we have to wait for the tanks to roll on our streets? By then it's too late...

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  2. Hi Mayberry,

    Odds are history will repeat itself, and when the tanks start rolling the next Solzhenitsyn will be born. But you never know; humans are kinda unpredictable.

    Not only are elections a sham, but it only encourages Massa. Without the tacit approval of elections and the press treating politicians like rock stars, you might see some real change.

    "Voting is an admission of your powerlessness."

    Fred Woodworth, editor of The Match!

    Mayb, I've been meaning to ask you, just exactly how many blogs do you comment on? Everywhere I go on the Innertubes, you have a comment. You beat me to all the good sites.

    Dave

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  3. I comment all over the place. Anywhere you find on my side bar. The blogs are where you find the real news, and the real "on the street" observations. Sometimes the comments are even more telling than the original post!

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  4. Hi Mayberry,

    I agree. I've always thought the gold is in the comments.

    Dave

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  5. Your resource material is without question admirable. Your writing is very good. You are going on my list of daily blogs to read.

    Michael

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  6. Hi Michael,

    Thank you for your kind words. Excuse me while I blush.

    Dave

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