At day’s end, then, the 2nd Amendment exists to permit American citizens to perform the “duty” Jefferson describes by resisting and defeating with arms a federal government that knowingly produces a “train of abuses and usurpations” that is designed “to reduce them under absolute Despotism.”
I’d never heard of Michael Scheuer, the author of this fine article, until today. His Wikipedia entry is seven printed pages long and tells us that he is a former CIA officer (who obviously decided to “come in from the cold”) and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security. Normally that would make me nervous, but here it reinforces my belief that this guy knows what he’s talking about. Not everyone who teaches at Georgetown is a traitor, thankfully.
He posits a series of “what ifs” in his article, and then asks rhetorically, what would you do?
[What if] multiple U.S. presidents take the United States to war without the formal declaration of war irrefutably demanded by the U.S. Constitution, and then intentionally fail to win the wars they start and so kill thousands of America‘s soldier-children for nothing?
[What if] senior elected officials in both parties, as well as senior federal bureaucrats constantly leak highly classified intelligence information to advance their partisan interests and thereby knowingly undermine U.S. national security?
[What it] presidents and attorney generals from both parties pick and choose what laws they will enforce, in direct and flagrant violation of the oath to execute all laws that the Constitution mandates they swear on taking office?
[What if] the federal government so overspends the public treasury that the national debt can never be repaid, and that in funding the debt it also compromises U.S. independence and citizens’ economic well-being via massive borrowing from malign foreign powers and by exacting half-a-year’s wages from each American taxpayer?
Well, you get the idea. After exploring rhetorically several other “what ifs,” Scheuer gets to the point:
If the sorry day ever dawns when one or more of the above depredations occur, I would suggest Americans might well think about taking recourse to the arms guaranteed them by the 2nd Amendment, arms with which to defend their liberty, economic welfare, national independence, and their Constitution’s viability.
Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Scheuer. The Second Amendment, as they say, “ain’t about duck huntin’.”