Friday, March 28, 2014

L. Neil Smith on Connecticut and other things

Haruhi drawn by reaperwolf91

Guest post by Baloo:

Neil and I don't agree on everything. We have some great times with theological disputes, for example, and the fur flies when we get to C. S. Lewis. He also has rather more regard for Ayn Rand than I do.  That's kind of funny, because Neil is funny, and he writes funny, and Ayn didn't like funny. She wrote: "The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself."

Taking that seriously, so to speak, would put me and Neil out of business in short order. I once described one of Neil's novels as "Atlas Shrugged as rewritten by Terry Pratchett."

But I digress. One thing I never disagree one iota with Neil about is the Second Amendment and gun rights. He's had that nailed and has for years.

Independency!—and a Thumb in the King's Eye
by L. Neil Smith

Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

I have just been invited to attend a famous science fiction convention next year as its Guest of Honor, and I have happily accepted.

More details about that another time soon. The point here is that I have no idea—and neither does anybody else—whether there's even going to be a next year at least for the land of the free and the home of the brave. That's what living in "interesting times" is about. As I stand here writing, gun owners in the state of Connecticut are braced for a massive, illegal physical assault on their lives, liberties, and property, by a state government and its goons who have given up the last tattered appearances of respect for the Bill of Rights.

They want their subjects disarmed and helpless.

The state has said it will send its uniformed thugs from door to door to ferret out and collect at gunpoint, weapons its doesn't approve of, but whose ownership is supposed to be protected by the Second Amendment. Gun owners by the thousands have refused to reveal what they have to the state through its brand new registration system because by now they finally understand that registration is inevitably followed by confiscation. They may also know that confiscation is historically associated with state programs of mass murder like the Holocaust.

Ecofreaks in power believe Earth needs "another good plague".

Other states, and millions of gun owners in them, are waiting to see what happens. We have arrived at a crossroads in history, and the country stands on the brink of civil war. Our original Revoliution began with an attempt by the British to steal the guns of colonists in Massachusetts.

I don't live on the East Coast, (I'm delighted to report) and there is nothing I can do about the situation in Connecticut, except to point out how important that state was in the creation of this nation, and lament the way is seems to have been taken back over by the vile neo-British.

This is especially poignant as I am involved in a production, just presently, of the wonderful musical play 1776, in which I play (and sing!) John Hancock. It's all about the wild political and personal struggle to get the Declaration of Independence agreed to and signed by all of the thirteen colonies. Hancock and his friends were taking enormous risks, and they had no idea whether there was going to be a 1777.

I figure that by being a part of this little production, I'm doing something—maybe something small, maybe not—about the situation in Connecticut. I'm putting my thumb in the eye of the bucket-headed authorities there who believe that they can abolish fundmental rights by passing legislation or by beating up and killing people. They can't, and I and my fellow castfolk are out here, reminding them of that.

Like I said, maybe something small, maybe not.

If you can't be in Connecticut, either, or help freedom fight back in any other way, I have a favor to ask of you, and something to offer you in return. We can't mount even a small production like this one without money, and under the rules imposed by the "Kickstarter" crowd-funding program, we are rapidly running out of time. If we fall a dollar short, we lose everything we have accumulted in the way of pledges.

Go to:


and give us a boost—as big a boost as you can. In return, we'll help you stick your thumb in the King's eye, or in the eye of some jerkwad in Connecticut who wants to be King and cancel 248 years of history.

Give us all the help you can, and if you don't, I don't want to hear you complain about what's going on in Connecticut, a state that ought to be ashamed for betraying its historical role as a cradle of liberty.

You had your chance.
Quibcag: The noose girl is Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu)

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