The Tea is Boiling

I recommend a good dose of the Young Turks every once in a while.

A Republican Threatens with Armed Rebellion:

One of the most bogus claims is that an entire system is broken and ceased to exist because one thing didn’t go our way.  That’s right.  The Constitution died because of a single tax imposed on those without health care.  Nobody had ever done it before.  Up until President Obama, the Constitution was in perfectly healthy condition.
In other words, something like this bloatedly misleading piece of propaganda:

And so Matt David’s idea of rebellion seems totally legit to a lot of people.  Why, not since the redcoats has anyone so trampled on the American people, and we had a solution to that, didn’t we?

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.  Violent rhetoric begets violence.  You have to take responsibility for what you say.  Freedom of Speech does not mean you can yell “Fire” in a theater.  Matt David should be shamed publicly for his outrageous suggestions.  Not arrested.  Because if we arrest him the moronic militias will only get angrier and arm themselves for what they think is a just cause.

Do I think Republicans would be as outraged if Romney passed the bill?  I think there are many who wouldn’t, and that race does have a part in it.  But mostly it is because they cannot see how their own candidate would push the same kind of action, because he’s on “their side”.  We have regressed into tribalism and barbarism.  Well, not all of a sudden.

I’m glad they brought up Timothy McVeigh, because his story is parallel to what is happening now.  People take up arms in reaction to both real and perceived injustices from the government, and eventually somebody snaps.

And then we’re introduced to thought experiment number 2: What if Matt Davis was a Muslim?  If he implied armed warfare, even over Obamacare, Republicans would be all over these comments, suggesting he be bagged and brought to Guantanimo.  They’re already spying on Muslims, even if they never spoke a word of violence in their lives.  But this guy says “sure, I’d shoot people in government if I had to, and that may be very soon” and he’s still walking around.

You may be thinking that this is about the question of whether Obama is a tyrant, whether this is real oppression.  But it’s not a real question, not for this situation.  I think he’s made grave mistakes with perpetuating war, using bombing drones, and not making a move to limit the number of aborted children in the US.  Whether you think that qualifies him as a tyrant is beyond this point:

Armed rebellion is not a justified response to oppression.  It’s not that we’re not oppressed enough to warrant a rebellion, as if Matt Davis is just speaking too early.  No, rather, it’s that armed rebellion against any government is an inherent rejection of the way of Christ.  His followers were tortured brutally in the Roman regime, a far worse penalty than most Christians in America have yet to know.  Had they thought armed rebellion justified, they would have acted on such thoughts.  Considering how unified they seemed to be in the refusal to take up arms against oppressors, there must have been something there in their very beliefs that brought forth this unity of peaceful resistance.

Could it be the teachings of Christ?  You mean the teachings of the man that most Republicans claim to follow?  Like Matt Davis?  For once, let’s have a real tea party.  Where we sit down, have some cups of tea, especially with those we disagree with, and talk things out like men, not like beasts who beat their chests and grunt.

It’s time we take up arms in rebellion.  Against our wicked selves.  Kill the old regime in your heart.  Establish the new.

3 responses to “The Tea is Boiling

  1. I can’t stand the Young Turks. The have lots of arrogance, but don’t spend much time really considering a lot of the positions they quickly belittle…. like the Rand Paul comment at the beginning, where they basically referred to him as if he was and ignorant, uneducated idiot for entertaining the idea that the supreme court does not have the final say on the constitution. Even though historically, legally and constitutionally, he would be proved correct. But of course they wouldn’t take the time to consider those issues….

    But while I despise their arrogance, and very often disagree with their positions, here they make some good points. They also make some very bad points, like suggesting that Matt David should be arrested for exercising free speech.

    I don’t think Obama has singlehandedly destroyed the constitution. In fact, I think he’s just like most every president this country has had. He likes the constitution when it agrees with him, and he ignores it when it disagrees with him. Actually, I think Lincoln did more to destroy the constitution than any other president, but that’s a different discussion…

    Ok, now that I’ve vented on less relevent topics, back to the main point: violence in response to tyranny. I don’t think I’m a passivist (though I might could be convinced otherwise). But I do strive to be a peacemaker. I think that most everyone who beats war drums does so out of good intentions together with ignorance, not realizing the horrors of war.

    I think back to one of the opening scenes in the movie “The Patriot”. When William Wallace (or whatever his name was in that movie) stands up in the legislator and is the lone voice against war. Of course he hated English tyranny. He would do anything to restore freedom… anything but war. I think that’s where I stand as well.

    It might well come to war. I hope not. If my state declared war, I wouldn’t rule out fighting, depending on the circumstances. But war is evil. It should be avoided at all costs.

    • Haha you said William Wallace. Yeah, correct me if I’m wrong, but the reason he chose war was because his son got shot by the British colonel because his son ran toward him with a weapon. I love the story of Rip Van Winkle, because after he sleeps for like ten years the only things really that different are that there’s a different leader painted on the sign above the pub, and his wife died.

      Your disdain for the Young Turks might be justified, if you’ve been more exposed to their stuff than I have. I only catch them every so often, and when I do I agree with most of it. I ignored the bit about Rand Paul because I don’t know anything about the Supreme Court’s role in interpreting the constitution.

      I wouldn’t try to arrest Matt David either, but what I wonder is how many conservatives and Republicans would want to arrest him if he had been Muslim and said those exact words.

      I don’t know if you meant to spell it “passivism” on purpose or not, but I’ll use it to call attention to the discussion of the term itself. If I had a way of being in charge of such things, I would distinguish between “pacifism” and “passivism”. Pacifism is being pro-peace, in the real legit and authentic sense, so that every effort you make is to prevent and avoid violence and violent force. This is very active, dangerous, controversial, unpopular at times. Passivism is the lack of decision to commit to anything or try to change anything, to be passive. One may speak out against something but never do anything but speak.

      I think Jesus language in his “turn the other cheek” talk betrays this. The Christian is forbidden here from hitting someone back, and yet they are challenged to turn their other cheek to the man. A slap on the cheek is surely demeaning, but to stand firm and turn your face is to tell your offender that you will not be either provoked or frightened by this action.

      In the time when Christ walked the earth, to strike a man with the back of your hand was to demonstrate your dominance over him. If the man turned the other side of his face to you, you were faced with a predicament. You would either have to slap him with your palm, thus affirming that he is your equal, or slap him with the back of the hand you use for unclean things such as removing excrement.

      So by turning the cheek you are abstaining from violence, demonstrating your bravery, and insisting that if he slaps you again he will either have to acknowledge that you are equals, or bringing shame upon himself by touching you with an unclean hand. By turning your other cheek, it is not as if to say, “please sir, I’ll have another one,” but as if to make a transcendent statement, or several statements in one, that classify you as someone beyond conventional ways of responding to such assaults. In this way you are not resisting the one doing evil, but neither are you fleeing as a coward in a way that both approves of and enables him to continue in his ways.

      An aggressivist would hit back. “It’s my right”. The passivist would just cower and in a way refuse to demonstrate that what the striker did was wrong. The pacifist is pacific, but is also a living fist in the air, so to speak.

      I know this discussion presents us with a lot of dilemmas that make us uncomfortable. We get to thinking about whether was is ever justified, and that particularly makes us wonder what this says about those who serve in the war. It’s not easy to deal with, but it’s certainly worth talking about without letting our emotions about patriotism and service getting the best of us. I’m still working through that issue.

  2. I’ve always wondered if the revolutionary war was justified within the teaching of Christ. I mean many of the men fighting claimed to be Christians. None of us can actually know if their profession was true. We wouldnt have our American country if they hadn’t fought for our freedom from tyrants. How far can a Christians go in defense of his family and or country. I believe in the idea of a just war. I believe God allows nations and individuals to defend their countries and themselves when it is justified. It’s a difficult thing to figure out. I personally have been a soldier. I would have fought and died, had I been called to do so. As a Christian I will fight and die for the cause of Christ, though his enabling. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I will if called. God bless brother.

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