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  •  I think you've identified a very important point (3+ / 0-)

    about the fact that the right openly advocates for armed rebellion if you aren't happy with the government.

    This argument should be named and countered.  We have no "right" enshrined in the constitution to stage armed rebellion.  First of all there is posse comitatus, which prevents the government, with the exception of defined and controlled police power, from attacking us as the right imagines it can.  Secondly, it is the essence of democracy to resolve political disputes through political processes.  The right's problem with this truth is evident elsewhere, e.g. in the debt ceiling "debate", which isn't a debate at all, but as others have pointed out, a taking of hostages with threats.  And finally, there is the sheer ridiculousness, the silliness of these gun rights believers thinking that they could meet the full force of hte US military with their guns if it were necessary and right, which it isn't.  They'd be ducks in a shooting gallery if it came to that.  

    Those are the counter-arguments, IMHO.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:16:16 AM PST

    •  Hence the marriage of ALEC, the GOP and the NRA. (1+ / 0-)
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      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:48:04 AM PST

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      •  So true. Foment discontent of the scapegoating (2+ / 0-)
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        kind and then assure the malcontents that armed rebellion is their constitutional right, which is the opposite of the truth.  Sadly, weak-minded people are gullible and vulnerable and tragedy can result.

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:04:06 AM PST

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