Culture Wars by Tom Reynolds
Legal Insurrection’s web site recently raised an important point about the culture wars being waged. “You may not be interested in culture war, but culture war is interested in you.” While only briefly mentioned, the culture war includes the war on the 2nd Amendment.
One commenter described conservatives: “Our descriptor is that of a common-sense-constitutionalists, fearing government yet recognizing that some government is necessary, who basically want the happiness that comes with freedom FROM government.”
That leave-me-alone wisdom was expressed by Supreme Court Justice Brandeis in Olmstead v. US in 1928: ‘The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness…They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred against the government, the right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.’ (Emphasis added.)
Several commentators aptly summed up the situation (which can easily be applied to the 2nd Amendment) and the eventual conclusion if we do nothing:
“The left never sleeps. They will never, ever leave us alone”
“Experience has taught that the left has a never-ending list of stupid, freedom-depriving ideas; the left will NEVER leave us alone.
There can be no doubt, when judged by the Left’s words and deeds, they do not believe in American values, culture and our Constitution and their number one non-belief is the 2nd Amendment.
One commentator quoted John Philpot Curran “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
In other words, you better fight & defend your liberty or all those hard-earned freedoms will be taken without a moment’s notice.
Another commented that it’s not just guns that are caught up in the culture wars, “There is a culture war being waged by progressives against normalcy, decency, and sanity. We don’t have a choice but to fight it…if you’re demanding that I pretend a man is a woman, you are making me complicit in a lie. We don’t have to accept that.”
One commentator hit on a simple truth that we see every day, “When the left has no intelligent argument, the name-calling is always front and center. “
As 2nd Amendment defenders, we often refer to ‘the war on guns.’ But in reality, the war on guns is just a battle in the larger war on our culture, values and Constitution. There can be no doubt, when judged by the Left’s words and deeds, they are coming to destroy all of them.
SCOPE has often spoken how non-voters are surrendering to the likes of A O-C, Joe Biden and Kathy Hochul and, in effect, saying to them, “Take our country and do with it what you will.” The Legal Insurrection article paralleled that with the comment, “If you are unwilling to fight against the culture war on truth and sanity being forced upon you, despite your desire to just be left alone, then you have surrendered.”
Gun owners who are Conscientious Objectors in this culture war have, in fact, surrendered. In the battle over the 2nd Amendment and the war on our culture, they are keeping us from saving our Constitution. They refuse to get engaged on some self-serving grounds and refuse to believe that the Left will never leave us alone until all our rights – not just the 2nd Amendment – have been sacrificed on the altar of the Left’s quest for power and control.
As one commentator aptly put it: “It is the common fate of the indolent [those who may complain but won’t take action] to see their rights become a prey to the active.”
The odd thing is that we do not yet need our guns to win, we only need to get engaged and vote.