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Come Heller or High Water

Posted by PintofStout on June 25, 2008

The long-running campaign to disarm the peons populous may come to a head tomorrow when the Obscene Supreme Court issues its ruling in the case of DC v. Heller.  Disarmament is a hot issue that was enlivened by reports of gun confiscation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and if it is decided, against any historical evidence and in complete incongruity with the rest of the Bill of Rights – that this is the one collective right in the BoR – then disarmament will be a hot issue once again.  No matter how illogical the gun control crowd’s arguments, they may have the illogical weight of the nation’s highest court to justify any actions following a collective rights ruling in this case.

For some reason and against observational evidence of the mainstream to the contrary, rugged individualism is still seen as a defining characteristic of “Americans.”  Perhaps this was true of the people who threw off colonization and picked a fight with a proverbial giant, but is it still true of people who whimper for a bailout at the first negative consequence of their own actions?  Our society has been moving away from individualism for many, many decades now – to its own detriment, in my opinion.  The very term “American” and a million other vast generalizations of the people living under the thumb of this government are necessary for such wide-reaching rule because the bureaucracy of bureaucracies that are the different levels of government cannot rule the millions of individuals; they can only rule generalizations.  The institutions of government have always known and believed this to be true.  When the individuals started buying into the idea of collectivization, that’s when the trouble started.

The creation of the concept of collective rights – indeed the creation of involuntary collectives themselves – may well be sanctioned by the Court’s decision tomorrow.  Of course, rugged individualist don’t put much merit into the decisions of high courts and other dictates of “authority.”  An unfavorable decision may just make the rugged have to get more rugged as the terrain dictates.


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