I’ve often mocked these gun nuts who believe that guns give us the right to overthrow our government. It’s easily one of the most ludicrous beliefs we have in this country. Just think about that premise for a moment. Our Constitution sets up a system by which we elect the members of our government. And while we often complain about our government not representing us, the fact remains that we are the ones who put these men and women in power. If we want better politicians, then we need to elect better ones.
But it’s never made any sense that someone, or some group, feels that they have the right to overthrow elected officials if they don’t agree with them. How does that even make sense? Isn’t that basically telling all those Americans who did vote for, and support, these politicians that their voice/opinion doesn’t matter? How is it “freedom” to tell tens of millions of Americans that their votes are suddenly nullified because a gang of armed individuals doesn’t like who they elected?
The bottom line is we have a system put in place to “overthrow” our government and it’s called elections. If we want better politicians to serve us then we need to vote for better individuals to represent us in our government.
Though apparently one of the most well-known open carry advocates in Texas, Kory Watkins of Open Carry Tarrant County, feels differently. In fact, in a Facebook post he advocated for at least 10,000 people with guns to march on Washington to “arrest crooked bankers and politicians”:
Have you ever thought we might just need to organize a very large group of our own people. Like 200 from each state so we can march armed to DC take over the city, arrest the bankers, crooked politicians and restore liberty here in our country? I’m not scared. I mean really…..voting and waiting is not working!
First, I’m not sure why he would go to Washington for “crooked bankers” considering Wall Street is located in New York and that’s where most of those individuals reside. Then it’s amazing how he seems to want to take it in his own hands (armed hands mind you) to pick who he and his followers think are corrupt and “arrest them.” Then considering that these politicians and bankers aren’t technically charged with breaking the law, I guess he would want his followers to set up some kind of tribunal where they would place these people on trial themselves because no real court would try someone who hadn’t been legally charged with crimes via our system of criminal justice. A system, by the way, that’s set up by our Constitution.
What if a group of 10,000 people I gather disagrees with the politicians his group arrested? Is Mr. Watkins now appointing himself some kind of authoritarian leader? Should only the people he thinks need to be arrested actually get arrested?
And never mind that Watkins’ entire premise is based upon 10,000 unelected individuals overthrowing and arresting elected officials who were voted on by American citizens via our Constitutionally protected right to vote. I guess to Kory Watkins, the personal opinion of some private citizens matters more than any kind of actual legal ground.
Oh, and then who do we replace all these politicians we’ve just arrested with? New elected officials who would be elected by the same people who elected the people he just arrested, or will these people appoint who they think should run our government? And if we go back to our system of elections, as is set up in our Constitution, what happens if we still elect people with which he disagrees? Will he just stage another armed overthrow of those politicians until the ones he wants get elected?
In other words, Watkins essentially wants to be some kind of quasi-dictator under the guise of “protecting Constitutional freedoms” by advocating for a complete disregard for the judicial and electoral process our Constitution gives us – to basically do whatever the hell he wants.
Because nothing says you’re “standing up for Constitutional values” quite like advocating for an armed treasonous overthrow of our elected officials who tens of millions of Americans voted to represent them, while simultaneously arresting private citizens simply because you think they should be in jail.
Though the truth is, Watkins is nothing but a government-hating fanatic who really couldn’t care less about Constitutional values. If more people believed how he believes we would have the kind of government he wants. But we don’t, because most Americans disagree with his radical nonsense. And the fact that he can’t get his way, because our Constitution doesn’t allow for him to, is what’s really pissing him off.
And that’s the sweet irony in all of this. The very same Constitution he claims to be “fighting to uphold” is the very same thing that’s preventing him from getting his way.
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