They say that turn-about is fair play and so we shall now consider the flip side of the firestorm sparked by a patriot “Liking” a Facebook post which linked to an article entitled: When Should You Shoot A Cop?
But first a word from our sponsors:
“Frankly, I think the Sheriff of Kershaw County is a coward and a hypocrite. What he and his underlings do, day after day, is go around with guns, using violence and the threat of violence, to control, rob, kidnap or kill people. That’s what ‘law enforcement’ is all about: forcibly imposing the will of the politicians upon everyone else. To spend day after day acting as a mercenary and hired thug of politicians, and then to have a tantrum because some people were having an abstract philosophical conversation about the possibility of resisting unjust aggression committed by cops, is cowardly in the extreme. On top of that, to ignore repeated invitations to have a polite, open discussion about things (as the Sheriff has done in this case), in favor of preparing for mortal combat, is the sign of a bully and a coward.” — Larken Rose, CopBlock.org contributor and author of When Should You Shoot A Cop?
“Thanks to a recent article by Joseph Farah… the surge in the number of armed Federal bureaucrats has been brought to our attention. Farah points out that in 1996 alone, at least 2,439 new Federal cops were authorized to carry firearms. That takes the total up to nearly 60,000…. Force and intimidation are the tools of tyrants. Intimidation with government guns, the threat of imprisonment, and the fear of harassment by government agents puts fear into the hearts of millions of Americans…. Even though the average IRS agent does not carry a gun, the threat of incarceration and seizure of property is backed up by many guns. All government power is ultimately gun power and serves the interests of those who despise or do not comprehend the principles of liberty. The gun in the hands of law-abiding citizens serves to hold in check arrogant and aggressive government. Guns in the hands of the bureaucrats do the opposite. The founders of this country fully understood this fact.” — Congressman and 2012 Presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX), who was recently conflated with domestic terrorists in a Missouri fusion center report (a fusion center which operates under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] and the Department of Justice)
And now back to our irregularly-scheduled program.
Our (real-life) cast of characters include:
Larken Rose, author of the now infamous article: When Should You Shoot A Cop?
Marlene Motley, Kershaw County Patriot who posted the article to Facebook
Jeff Mattox, Kershaw County Patriot and (former) Kershaw County Republican Party Co-Chairman who “Liked” the article
Jim Matthews, Kershaw County Sheriff who publicly objected to the “Liking” of the article
South Carolina Fusion Center, domestic intelligence agency which ever lurks in the shadows
In our last episode of: “The Little Patriot That Liked,” you will recall that:
* Sheriff Matthews alerted the media to his displeasure with the shocking act of “Liking” and placed his deputies on high alert;
* Patriot Mattox was asked to resign from his GOP Co-Chair position due to the “Liking” incident and he, in turn, called for various resignations of which Sheriff Matthews was one;
* Author Rose issued a challenge to Sheriff Matthews to publicly debate the philosophical underpinnings of the article that he wrote.
And the Fusion Center ever lurks.
In the interim, we’ve had the following developments:
* Patriot Mattox was voted out of his GOP Co-Chairmanship;
* Angry callers shut down the phone lines of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department for 45 minutes prompting an investigation and threats of prosecution;
* Patriot Mattox and his compatriots received death threats and threats of harm from various sources;
* Author Rose’s friendly invitation to debate has gone completely ignored by Sheriff Matthews.
And the Fusion Center ever lurks.
So let us now recall that the article which prompted this whole firestorm — When Should You Shoot A Cop? — was an examination of the question of whether, or not, populations should defend themselves against tyrannical regimes when left with no other option.
Which begs the equal and opposite question: When Should You Shoot A Patriot?