Time To Resist: We Knew We'd Have To
News/Comment; Posted on: 2009-07-27 16:57:41 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
Passage of S. 909 is indeed a staggering blow to lovers of freedom. Many will
now conclude itís not worthwhile to attempt to resist the next wave
of Orwellian legislation.
After the pro-hate bill victory in the Senate July 16, I hoped
against hope to find (or contrive) a way to induce President Obama
to veto the arms/hate bill. Conflict between the Presidentís
will versus that of the House of Representatives in regard to further
purchase of F-22 fighters seemed to hold such promise. That hope faded
in discussion I had Friday with the office of Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer
from my district. His staffer told me that despite a 389-22 vote in
the House last month in favor of adding 7 to 12 Raptors to the arms
bill, House Democrat leadership is now moving rapidly to abandon such
support. They will unite with the Senate to strip further F-22s, determined
to present Obama with an arms/hate bill package in no danger of veto.
Further, he told me, the defense industry, far from being disappointed or miffed
at losing $1.75 billion in F-22 contracts, looks forward to receiving the same
funds for production of the more modern, versatile F-35. Blumenauerís office
is receiving no pressure from the defense industry to revive the F-22 issue.
Clearly, there no longer exists any substantive basis to believe the arms/hate
bill might be vetoed. Thus it is not plausible that public pressure might induce
President Obama not to sign the hate bill into law this fall.
After proposing a last-ditch offensive to defeat the hate bill late last week,
I feel something like the Japanese soldiers who kept fighting on remote South
Pacific islands well after the war ended. If such tenacity is a fault, I would
rather be guilty of it than have failed to do everything I could to kill the
hate bill while there was time.
But there is still very much all of us can do to preserve liberty.
We need to help make the hate law unenforceable by resisting and disobeying inevitable
government edicts (particularly as precedents from liberal courts) to limit free
speech. This will require willingness to suffer for the cause of truth and freedom.
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