Thursday, July 16, 2009

Republican Candidate Encourages Use of the "Bullet Box" If Vote Doesn't Go the Right Way

I think that having a discussion over the issues is something that we need to keep our system strong, but it's becoming more and more apparent that the extreme right is taking over the Republican Party. This is a shame because I think there are some moderate Republicans who actually put forward good ideas every now and then. The latest example of the extremist in the Republican Party comes from the Republican candidate for the House of Delegates from the 99th District.

To a loudly applauding crowd, she speaks about how we don't have the 2nd amendment so that folks can go hunting. She insists that the real reason we have guns so that people can take on the government. That's right folks, the Republicans have put forward a candidate who says that she thinks the "bullet box" should be an option if things don't work out the way they want in an election. As someone whose job it is to organize discussion of the important issues, I find it highly disturbing that this is the type of ideology that the Republicans are putting forward.

(h/t NLS)


  1. Yes. God forbid that Republicans should embrace the ideology of Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, et al., and recognize the primary purpose of the Second Amendment (one which explains the not coincidental enthusiasm of big-government types for gun control).

    "That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

  2. The Second Amendment is exactly for the purpose of throwing off the yoke of a tyrannical government, when the political process has become so corrupt that the government no longer promotes the LIBERTY of our People.

    This is not radical. This is exactly what the founders intended.

    However, having lived in the 99th, there is a strong possibility that such, bullets versus ballots rhetoric, will be misunderstood.
    My experience with those who live there brought forth memories of two movies; Deliverance and a quote from Blazing Saddles,
    "...these are people of the know, morons."

    Having lived in fourteen other states, I have never encountered an area with a greater concentration of in-bred, ignorant, and backward people. For example, Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County turn a blind eye to rampant drug traffic, while most of the citizens take pride in their ignorance of all matters, both civic and domestic. Anyone attempting to help improve local conditions is branded a "come-here" and the know-nothings immediately create malicious rumors about any new project or the people involved. Even the church pastors participate in rumor mongering and slander.

    While most Americans are friendly and receptive to new people and ideas, the long time inhabitants who infest the Northern Neck are fearful of anyone from outside their vertical family trees and routinely treat new arrivals to their communities with hostility and suspicion.

    In the Northern Neck, stupidity is held out as a high virtue. Speeches that hold forth high minded ideals from our founders will surely be lost or corrupted by the minds of most of the local, inbred rednecks. To them, the speech, no doubt sounded like, "Blah, blah blah, GUNS, blah blah, blah, BULLETS, blah, blah, blah..."

  3. James and JT, You two really helped prove my point that the GOP is turning to the extreme by commenting that it's good for her to argue that Republicans should fight the Obama administration with the "bullet box."

  4. Excuse me for injecting a few facts in here.

    When Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington took up arms, and when the Second Amendment was written, it was with the English king in mind. Our Founding Fathers were fighting for the right to self-determination and representation, and it was the tyranny of a far away monarch that they were rebelling against.

    They would have been horrified at somebody suggesting armed insurrection against a legitimately elected government. Their remedy for dissatisfaction with the result of an election was to be the loyal opposition in the Congress and to work harder to win the next election, not to create armed anarchy.

    Further, if a Democrat had made a statement like this one during the Bush administration, he would have been branded a terrorist and his patriotism would have been questioned, and rightfully so.

  5. I am assuming that if people believe, like Catherine Crabill and these other Tea Party activists that our current government whether it be federal, state or local are the "Domestic Terrorists" like she referred to us as then they should use their 2nd amendment rights to change things, yes? I'm assuming that you believe that when Richard Poplawski murdered three Pittsburgh police officers that he was justified because he believed the police would take away his guns? Those officers were acting on behalf of a government entity, City of Pittsburgh. He believed that president Obama would take away his right to bear arms and he believes that the founders provided that right to defend himself when necessary.

    As a deputy, I find her comments extremely disturbing because if a government agency or facility is attacked I could be one of those people running towards the gunfire while most everyone else, to include those who support her comments are running away from the gunfire as fast as possible. The last thing we need are extremists to follow through on Crabill's comments and begin the assault on the most visible of our government agents, police, deputies and troopers. These men and women are the first line of defense for every level of government and to support the use of firearms after the ballot box fails them is essentially an open invitation for violence against me and my brother and sisters who I serve with.