Let’s talk about our founding document for a minute, you know, that four page, 7,591 word document that some like to claim to defend under certain circumstances.
We currently have a group of armed individuals occupying a federal building in Oregon under that claim of defending the Constitutional rights of people. Whether it is armed individuals, Oath Keepers, or Three Percenters, there have been numerous people and/or groups trying to claim the mantle of being the “Defender of the Constitution”. The problem with that in my view is that the Constitution does not need defending. These groups actually prove the Constitution is working perfectly fine as it stands.
There’s no government conspiracy to confiscate guns or squelch free speech. If that were the case, then the Oregon occupation would have already been squashed with extreme prejudice to avoid any copycats. Instead, the government basically let them do as they wish and only now is the FBI working with local authorities to find an end to the situation.
If these groups or individuals were serious about protecting the Constitution, where were they when John Crawford III was shot and killed by the police while holding an airsoft rifle in an open carry state? When are they going to put out a statement on the killing of Tamir Rice in that same open carry state?
See, that’s the thing about protecting the Constitution. If you’re going to do for one, then do for all. If you can’t do for all, then let someone else handle the workload. America isn’t just White and male. America isn’t just Christian either. The protected rights of one is the protected rights of all. If you can’t see or agree to that, then the problem with the Constitution lies between your two ears and not with the government.
Just something to ponder while we see how things play out in Oregon…
This could be considered an act of domestic terrorism as it is defined in U.S. Code. I seriously doubt we’ll ever see it classified as such, and I wouldn’t argue if it were not. We do have the protected right to free speech and to petition the government. I’d suggest that people watch themselves to avoid crossing the line of free speech and getting into threatening or intimidating behavior. The latter is not protected by the Constitution.