It won’t happen overnight of course, but in 10-15 years Republicans will be the ones pushing for gun controls, registrations, and confiscations of your guns – so enjoy them now while you can.
I expect them to be very successful in this drive.
You may think I’m crazy to think this way, but that’s my job here . . . to observe social phenomenon and patterns and project out their natural evolutions. Anyone can project the obvious ones, like the dissolution of the middle class, a rise in cyber-crime and cyber espionage, etc. I don’t really expect you to believe me; this analysis is really just for my own amusement but if you are curious how I arrive at this conclusion, come along with me.
Let’s get to the first obvious point I mention in in the previous paragraph. You may not believe me on this point, and that’s okay, but the data on this issue is pretty obvious and incontrovertible. Our middle class is disappearing and it’s not coming back unless something radical happens. The trend for the last 30-40 years has been greater and greater income inequality. Our wealth is being siphoned off by multinational corporations with Cayman Island addresses, politically connected individuals that give themselves or their cronies’ sweetheart deals, and unpatriotic souls availing themselves of every available tax loophole or tax haven they can find (or pay to have created by Congress.)
This trend is about to rapidly accelerate. The primary factor behind this is the oversized and unregulated influence of virtually unlimited money unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. That decision opened the floodgates for Corporations and individuals to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections without disclosing their identities. The Supreme Court made the argument that:
- Corporations are “people”
- Money equals speech
- Congress does not have the right to limit speech of “people.”
I won’t bother to explain how this will impact elections and how elected officials will respond to this development. Anyone with even half a brain (so that means most Republican’s too) can see the insane amounts of money being raised from relatively few individuals now. Those individuals and corporations are buying access to our officials, and drafting legislation for them to introduce. This legislation will favor the rights and finances of the few over the many. These bills will favor policies that wring the wealth from our country for the coffers of any who covet it. There will be no long term consideration paid to environmental factors, education issues, health issues, or sustainability. Any freedoms you will be left with will be illusory; tokens to appease the majority while a small minority strips this country bare and enslaves its people for our corporatist overlords. Many of these laws and freedoms will be designed to generate hate and drive wedges between various unincorporated and disenfranchised sections of our country. Laws have and will continue to be sponsored and created that allow or ban gay marriage, limit or allow abortions and birth controls, restrict or encourage various religions over other ones. These actions are how they keep everyone’s eye off the ball. They stir up hate and antipathy with highly contentious bills, while more oblique ones get slipped in that deprive you of your rights, property, and future.
So how do I get to the guns part?
Eventually we will start to starve. Our country will attain 3rd World status. The pain, suffering and inequality will be too hard to hide. The wealthy will build isolated enclaves to keep us out and keep the truth about their obscene amounts of wealth away from prying eyes, but their children, their princelings, will want to play with the world beneath their feet – the world where their sewage trickles down to - for us to try and live on.
Eventually even Fox News will lose its luster and as so many are left homeless, unemployed, and hopeless. Wewill still have “guns and religion” though. That is always a dangerous combination. This is when the wealthy will come for the guns. They will enact laws that limit the size and the quantity of your hardware. They will limit your magazine sizes and lengthen your waiting periods and enact usage restrictions. They will close your parks to hunting (those cost taxes to maintain so that will be easy) and they will eventually simply take your guns so you are powerless to oppose them.
I am personally in favor of much more gun controls than we have. I would like to see them banned in many places they are now commonplace because I do think they cause many unnecessary deaths, increase crime, and overall encourage a darker, more barbaric and confrontational culture. However, with what I see coming in the next few years, the guns and the gun owners may be our only hope to throw off the yokes of our corporatist oppressors.
However the Corporatists are already conditioning us. They are sponsoring and creating unregulated “religious” schools through “voucher” and private “scholarship” programs from which they will turn our children into obedient fanatics in much the same way Yasser Arafat converted an entire generation of Palestinians into suicide bombs. Their plan is to create a Christian based theocratic puppet government. This government will encourage us to take on vows of austerity and poverty in the name of piety and pseudo-nationalism while our true masters rollick in their Olympianesque Edens.
So hold onto your guns while you can. At least maybe that way you keep your illusion of being free a little longer.