sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New York's Firearms Bounty

Historically, there have always been groups which politicians felt comfortable demonizing. Sometimes they were religious minorities who had been able to amass money - the Jews come to mind and it wasn't only the Germans of Hitler's regime who looted Jews to fill the exchequer (consider the Passover that begins next week). Kings, rulers and potentates had been doing it to the Jews for centuries. Hitler is only the most famous of the bunch in our present era.

In his blog, Libertarian Advocate (LINK) points out that Governor Cuomo has announced a program where people can denounce people suspected of owning firearms. The State of New York is currently offering a bounty of $500 for a firearm owner. The next step will be to develop a program where those firearm owners will be stripped of their land and bank account for the purpose of filling the Party's coffers, enabling them to buy more votes. (more from USA Today) The amazing part is that there is no significant outrage. Not even from Jews, who (paragraph one) have been the poster children for this sort of behavior for millennia.
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew. 
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
- Martin Niemoller
And lest you think that it's beyond the government's reach...think again. The Constitution doesn't mean all that much to the people in power.

It's important to demonize portions of the population who are "subhuman" or "not progressive" and to slap labels on them such as "sovereign citizen" and to make those labels stick. The trend in America among certain groups in power is to do just that. Taken as a whole, it forms a disturbing trend.