An email sent from former Michigan GOP Spokesperson Matt Davis after the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare has caused quite the stir today. Its question,”Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” sounds more at home in the cotton fields of Georgia during the 1850s than from Michigan in the 21st Century.
Here is the letter, from Michigan Capitol Confidential:
Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?
Implicit in Benjamin Franklin’s fabled response at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention was a dire warning: That the Republic would one day devolve into tyranny unless we the people prevented it.
In 2008, we the people elected Barack Obama as president, and the 100-year progressive trek to tyranny begun in 1912 with Woodrow Wilson’s election was complete. It cannot be said too many times — for the purposes of emphasis and clarity — that the Constitution was possible ONLY AFTER the American Revolution; and that the war itself would not have been possible without the collective agreement, as so eloquently articulated in the Declaration of Independence, that the course of human events will sometimes justify one group of people to sever themselves from their oppressors.
In other words, America itself was possible only after its people summoned the will to risk their lives and their futures — as well as those of their children — for a freedom they did not enjoy but knew was their gift from God. Along with their desire to be free came their willingness to engaged in armed rebellion for their freedom.
If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?
God willing, this oppression will be lifted and America free again before the first shot is fired.
When asked for clarification, Mr Davis had this to say:
“You can’t have people walking with lattes and signs and think the object of your opposition is going to take you seriously. Armed rebellion is the end point of that physical confrontation.”
But later on that day, Mr Davis had a different story to tell, claiming it was all an editorial issue:
I should have read it more carefully. I would take out the part about armed rebellion.
This is not how a Democracy works Mr Davis. The people spoke when they elected President Obama. To call for armed insurrection is how tyrants are born.