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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

 November 9, 2011

 “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms”
*Thomas Jefferson*

Images of revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, nestled in leather holsters and perched on the hips of a few members of the Tea Party were deemed “provocative” and “frightening” by many. “These people are violent!” was the cry from those on the Left who found the mere presence of a firearm, loaded or not, offensive and threatening. Such responses not only betrayed the reactionary nature of Liberals, but it exposed their ignorance as well–and sadly, the ignorance of many Americans. It is perfectly legal, except in those towns and cities that have express statutes forbidding possession of a gun, to carry a pistol on your hip so long as it is visible.  Beyond being a mere legal reality, the bearing of arms is a civil right. For as essential as is life itself, is the right to defend the life one owns.

So, in millennial America we are told that lawful gun owners, carrying legal firearms in a statutorily correct manner, is considered “provocative,” while agitators, protesters, mobs, and brutes of the Occupy Movement, whose sole purpose is literally to provoke–provoke the police, provoke citizens trying to traverse their occupied streets and parks, provoke the very economic system in which they find sustenance to a point of collapse–are simply taking their message to the masses in a harmless display of civil disobedience. The rhetoric coming from the Left is swallowed up in the torrent of evidence to the contrary.  For those who like to do comparisons of the Tea Party to the Occupy Movement, here is one; the Tea Party is well-armed and the Occupy Movement is violent. This is the difference between a mob uprising and a well-armed militia.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Tea Party as a whole, is diverse and intricate, and is not organized in the traditional sense, under the auspices of a party, or a charismatic leader, or even a specific political candidate. The Tea Party is regulated, not through by-laws and directives, but through the self-discipline and principles of its members. The Tea Party is internally regulated. Small groups of people in every town and state in the nation have come together because of ideas, the same ideas which founded this nation, Liberty and Limited Government. Their lighthouse is The Constitution of the United States, and the natural rights from which it derives its form and purpose. The Tea Party is regulated intrinsically as well. It is made of people who are composed, averse to needless violence, and who are peaceful, not easily provoked, understanding themselves that their actions and responses to all manner of events and people must be deliberate, circumspect–well regulated.

A well-regulated population has no need for the interference and complications of big government. A well-regulated society governs itself through obedience to timeless principles. Human life is valued, and so to defend ones life, or the life of another, naturally regulates base and violent impulses.  The Occupy Movement has no expectation that its participants be well-regulated and orderly. It attracts angry, vindictive, and belligerent malingerers who thrive on conflict. Even if the agitators are the exception, the Occupy Movement as a whole has no way to contain the outbursts of violence and crime that have alienated it from its message. The truth is, there is no cohesive message, no timeless principles, and no demands on the individuals within the Occupy Movement to regulate themselves and uphold civil laws. The ideologies of the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement are more evident in the way they behave than any message they may want to convey.

The Occupy Movement is becoming increasingly uncivil and violent. Ugly images of protesters blockading the glass and metal doors of a building using  their small children is indicative of their disregard for the integrity of the bodies and innocence of  the helpless and vulnerable. Reports have come from Occupy Oakland in which people in their cars, trying to navigate their way home, were mobbed by protesters who pounded on their vehicles, cursing and threatening, ending with protesters being injured as the motorists tried to drive away from the hordes.  A videotaped incident in which an elderly lady was pushed down some steps by an Occupy mob shows the callousness and ferocity of its denizens.  Reports of rapes in Occupy encampments are pouring daily into the new media. Assaults, theft, and the destruction of property are  commonplace. The so-called civil disobedience of the Occupy Movement is no less than a thugocracy, defined by disorder, bullying, and violence; it is a dissolution of virtue, the putrefaction of civility, the complete dis-regulation of inflamed and contemptible human emotion.

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? 

“The Second Coming”  *William Butler Yeats* 

There is a bright line that separates the Tea Party from the Occupy Movement. One has a devotion to order, civility, virtue, and above all, self-governance. The other seeks to provoke cities and states to the edge of chaos, stands for the disenfranchisement of property owners, and advances a free-for-all economic system in which everyone gets something for free, but there is no one to produce the free stuff. One asserts the divine rights given to all humans by God, and the means to defend those rights, to retain the works of one’s hands, and a paradigm of self-improvement and limitless dreams. The other sees humans as just another colony of social creatures within the animal kingdom, governed by appetite and passion, having no natural rights, with the highest authority being the impersonal and efficient machinations of the state.  But, as one peruses the evidence, videos and reports, from Tea Party events and the various occupations around the world, one difference is unambiguous in its clarity. Members of the Tea Party are well-armed and regulated. The Occupy Movement is disorderly and violent, and becoming more so every day.

Marjorie Haun  11/08/2011




  1. As I had unfortunately predicted just a few days ago, the first deaths occurred today due to the Occupy bowel movement.
    They are all about ANARCHY, nothing more, nothing less.

    How sad!

  2. […] They are Violent, We are Well-armed November 16, 2011 tags: Occupy, Tea Party by MaddMedic They are Violent, We are Well-armed […]

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