A Second American Revolution?
There’s some seriously scary stuff going on these days.
No, I’m not talking about the proposed legislation and what’s already come out of the Congress and the White House. I’m talking about what’s coming from some people who really know what they’re talking about. What could be so scary? How about the breakdown of the rule of law? How about elected officials saying publicly that they’re not in power when it comes to the Congressional committees they chair and what those committees are being allowed to investigate?
If that doesn’t scare you just a bit, how about the possibility of an armed revolt in the United States? No? OK, how about if I told you that seasoned law enforcement officers are concerned about just that possiblity? What if I were to tell you that it’s gotten past the point where only the die-hard officers are talking about it and even the laid back types are sitting up, taking notice, and buying more guns for themselves because of that concern?
Do I have your attention yet?
I found two articles on the Internet recently that were frightening enough separately, but downright disturbing when taken together.
Mike Vanderboegh has a post up over at his blog – Sipsey Street Irregulars. I chose a few excerpts to give you an idea of what the rest of the post contains, but you really should read the whole thing.
“The Powers That Be.” How can you tell this will only end in violence? Let me point out some mileposts from just this week.
Milepost #2: “The Powers That Be.”
You have no doubt heard of the Obamnanoid purge of Gerald Walpin, AmeriCorp’s inspector general, who was dismissed over his handling of an investigation of the mayor of Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter during the presidential campaign.
This is dangerous principally because it sends the message to the regulatory agencies, especially the three-letter boys, that the executive branch will protect its own. Milepost #2 is even worse than the Walpin case.
June 25, 2009
Conyers abandons plan to probe ACORN
‘Powers that be decided against it,’ he says
By S.A. Miller
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. has backed off his plan to investigate wrongdoing by the liberal activist group ACORN, saying “powers that be” put the kibosh on the idea.
Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat, earlier bucked his party leaders by calling for hearings on accusations the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) has committed crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket.
“The powers that be decided against it,” Mr. Conyers told The Washington Times.
The chairman declined to elaborate, shrugging off questions about who told him how to run his committee and give the Democrat-allied group a pass.
Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh, whose testimony about ACORN at a March 19 hearing on voting issues prompted Mr. Conyers to call for a probe, said she was perplexed by Mr. Conyers’ explanation for his change of heart.
“If the chair of the Judiciary Committee cannot hold a hearing if he want to [then] who are the powers that he is beholden to?” she said. “Is it the leadership, is it the White House, is it contributors? Who is ‘the power?'”
Go to the link if you want more. This is why this is worse:
It is plain that if the Obamanoids want no Congressional oversight, they will get no Congtessional oversight. THEY are “The Powers That Be.”
This is not only bad for the prospects of reining in Acorn and thereby preventing them from executing their part of the obvious Rahm Emanuel plan to steal the 2010 federal elections, but now the three-letters don’t have to worry if a Waco happens. Oversight will be swept under the rug. This is dangerous stuff, people. And they don’t understand that if the rule of law no longer protects us, it no longer protects them either. Dangerous, dangerous stuff.
Those are only a couple of parts of that post. You need to go read it all.
Now think about that for a moment. The Chairman of the House Judiciary just said that “The Powers That Be” just told him he can’t conduct a hearing. Not only that, but consider that he went along with it. Who, indeed, is actually in power here?
It would be bad enough if that were the extent of the bad news. But it’s not. It gets worse.
From Tactical-Life.com via Oath Keepers we have a few excerpts from an excellent article:
COMMENTARY: Four Reasons Why Gun Sales Are Up
Written by Scott Wagner. Author Archive »
…The 5.56mm was the first caliber to noticeably be in short supply. This was first due to the war effort, the headlong adoption of 5.56mm rifles by law enforcement agencies ever since the great LAPD bank robbery and shootout, the general shooting public interest in and acceptance of the AR15 weapons system along with a realization that yes, the AR does have sporting purpose, and of course now, this new fear that is on the street. Sales of ARs also went up following 9/11.
What is odd about this new fear is that it is not coming from the average citizen gun owner out there, but it is coming from what to me is an almost shocking source: street cops. Street cops and SWAT cops that I know from various agencies – rural, suburban and metro – in my area are scared. Cops that before November 2008 never gave much thought (that I knew of anyway) to politics or more importantly to gun rights. For the most part, these are the guys that didn’t generally have any interest in shooting or gun ownership beyond keeping track of where their duty gun is, and a few of them didn’t even do that so well.
The guys I am talking about are some of the same guys who used to not even carry off duty on a regular basis- but not anymore. They don’t scare easily, defenders of the Constitution of this State and the United States (as our oath of office reads), have been buying ARs, survival gear, and all the ammo they can lay their hands on. All of them (or I should say “us”) have been discussing and have been acquiring guns to provide a layered perimeter defense.
I watched cops and citizens alike purchase these guns at $900 dollars and more, with custom or tricked out guns easily running into the $2,000 range. Then add on all the accessories, red dots, lights, slings and anything else you can name and you may have up to $3,000 wrapped up in your rig. I saw the looks in their eyes. These purchasers weren’t spending this kind of money just to turn in the guns for no compensation when a government tells them to. I foresee much civil disobedience coming down the road.
Americans are citizens, and not subjects like the British, Canadians or Australians. They just don’t always obey the law blindly and not one officer or citizen that I spoke to said anything like “I hope I get to keep this gun for awhile before they are banned; They are fun to shoot, so I would hate to give it up.” It isn’t going to happen, so the cop on the street and the soldier on the base needs to think now what he will do if the orders come down. I think you all get what I am saying here.
Which leads me to the third fear, that there is a revolution coming, yes, a revolution on the scale of the original American Revolution. You can hear this topic discussed on many of the talk radio shows by even the big name hosts. The possibility of an armed revolution against the U.S. government is being discussed, albeit very gingerly and fleetingly and as something to be avoided, which it is. I never heard this mentioned in the 90s.
One of my quietest, low profile officer friends brought it up the other day. He said that at some point in the near future, he felt there is going to be an armed revolt if things keep going the way they are. Something has got to give. I was shocked. Yes, I had heard this from some of my more radical cop friends in the past, but to hear it from a guy like this was unprecedented for me. Now, these guys are not saying this will happen to foment revolution, preach sedition or to even participate. They just want to be ready if it happens, to at least defend their families, because number four on the fear list is general societal chaos.
This is pretty heady and maybe even dangerous stuff. Know fully that I am not advocating anything here. I am reflecting to you what I see and hear going on around me, and maybe saying things that haven’t been said in the open, until now. It is something to think about.
Yeah, I’d say those are some pretty powerful, heady, dangerous and scary thoughts. No doubt there’s a few people thinking that Mr. Wagner must be some sort of brain damaged kook with an aluminum foil hat to keep the thought control rays from messing with his head. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Scott Wagner is a Police Academy Commander and Professor at Columbus State Community College in Columbus Ohio, and Commander of the 727 Counter Terror Training Unit. A 29 year law enforcement veteran, and current Deputy Sheriff, he is the Precision Marksman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office SRT Team.
Now go back and re-read both of those articles. Go to the links and read them both from beginning to end. Read some of their other work. Consider the sources. Mike Vanderboegh is a converted Communist who hates nothing more than collectivism and Tyranny. Scott Wagner’s qualifications and background are right above this paragraph.
Separately, both of these articles is enough to make me reach for the pink liquid. Together they’re even worse. Especially when you consider than neither author likely knew about the other’s article when these articles were written.
As I’ve said before, Dad was an officer with the California Highway Patrol for over 31 years. He’s been retired for a while now, but keeps up on current events and he has a few sources for info that he trusts. I trust him which leads me to trust his sources. I’ve asked him about this subject and while he won’t come out and say he thinks it will happen, I can tell he thinks it is a very real possibility.
Dad’s been through the 1991 L.A. riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. He knows what it’s like when the Rule of Law breaks down.
Last year before I bought my AK-47 I was considering either the AK or an AR-15. I went to Dad for advice on which of these two rifles I should choose as I figured he’s the one who should know best out of all the people I know. He had already gone through this and his advice was to get the AK-47 as he had done. He chose the AK-47 because it’s the most reliable thing next to death and taxes, you can shoot cheap ammo and not worry about the dirty residue causing it to lock up, and it cost less than the AR-15. The rest is history.
A few months ago I was thinking about selling my AK-47 to fund the purchase of an M1 Garand from CMP. His advice was to keep the AK-47. Along with the previous reasons for liking the AK, his reasoning was that it’s the best thing you can have for keeping possibly large groups of people away when you really don’t want them around, it’s shorter, easier to handle, and can hold more ammo (30 rounds per AK magazine vs. 8 rounds per en-bloc clip for the Garand).
The AK-47 may not as accurate at distance as the AR-15, but it hits harder and is just fine within 100 to 200 yards. It isn’t as powerful or accurate at long range as the Garand, but having 22 more rounds per magazine is a good thing in bad times.
I’m certain that the thought of a situation such as the one discussed by Mr. Wagner and Mr. Vanderboegh is one of the reasons he’s keeping his AK-47. I know it’s one of the reasons I’m keeping my AK-47 along with the rest of my collection of military rifles and my pistols.
I hope and pray that we don’t have an armed, violent revolt. I really do. I don’t want to see friends die. I don’t want to see the hell that is war visited upon the United States.
Just to be clear, I am not advocating anything here. I’m not trying to foment a revolution, I do not want to see an armed overthrow of the Government of the United States of America, nor am I preaching sedition. I’m just trying to sound an alarm and tell people what I’m reading and what I’m hearing. I want them to be prepared in case it does happen.
This is not something to be ignored or lightly dismissed. Just look at who’s scared and ask yourself if maybe you should be, too.
It’s times like these that I’m truly thankful that we have the Oath Keepers.