Spurred by fury at the idea of their “rights” being stripped away, tens of thousands of conservative Americans from all over the country flooded into Richmond, Virginia on January 20, 2020 to protest a “red flag” bill being introduced to the state Senate.
Waving flags and signs, the protestors peacefully choked the streets and made sure their presence was known to the bureaucrats occupying the imposing marble capitol building.
When they left, conservative commentators crowed over their “victory”, announcing that the “deep state” had backed down in fear of the overwhelming masses of Second Amendment quoters.
Three days later, the Senate passed the bill anyway.
So much for the “deep state” backing down.
So what went wrong? Did too few 2A lovers show up? Didn’t they wave their flags and spout the Constitution hard and loud enough? Maybe they should have hung up more “founding father” quotes and sported more MAGA hats.
Sardonic commentary aside, it’s apparent that the entire rally in Virginia was an exercise in complete futility.
While I’m glad and grateful that January 20th didn’t see a false flag event, the fact remains that all these gun-toting guys wasted their time and resources. It’s apparent that the bureaucrats didn’t care one iota about how many people marched around regurgitating patriotic platitudes.
Part of the problem is that these people are so obsessed with one tiny aspect of the problem that they don’t see the overall picture, and thus can’t figure out — and frankly, aren’t interested in — the solution.
For years, the bureaucrats on both state and federal levels have been selling Americans out in a big way, and rarely have their deeds elicited such a response as what we saw on Monday, January 20th.
Infanticide? Sodomite “rights”? Privately owned central banks? Billions and billions in foreign aid? Graduated income tax? Blasphemy? Constant, unnecessary war? Eminent domain? All these things and more do little else than elicit yawns or uninterested shrugs as Americans return their attention to the football game.
But threaten to step on their precious Second Amendment, and boy oh boy. You’d better look out, Mr. Politician. If you do that, we’ll slap some Molon Labe stickers on our bumpers, drive to your workplace, and march around. We’ll do it in the thousands. That’s just as scary as the little checkmarks we put on our ballot forms. Marching and voting are to bad politicians as garlic and crucifixes are to vampires, right?
Well, apparently not. Because for all the marching and voting, Virginia is still on course for red-flag laws and MAGA hero Donald Trump has set a precedent for banning firearm accessories by executive order.
The Virginia rally failed for a couple of reasons.
One, politicians don’t care one wit about 2Aers and their marches and their quotes. They’ve seen what’s happened in the past. During the Bundy fiasco in Oregon in 2016, patriots stood firm right up until LaVoy Finicum got himself killed. Then the realization that the Feds weren’t just LARPing hit home, and everyone bailed. The fact remains that the vast majority of these people are blowhards who think they’re something else because they happen to own a lot of guns, yet the most action they’ve ever seen starred Sylvester Stallone. When real life pops up and things come down to the wire, the average loud and proud, flag-waving, armory-stocking, Constitution-touting, Trump-voting conned-servative is a sissy. The bigger they talk, the harder they go down. And politicians know it.
Most readers won’t like my above assessment — and granted, it may be harsh — but it’s the truth.
Second, rallies aren’t a solution. Picking up arms and going to war isn’t a solution. Voting for different politicians isn’t a solution. We’ve done all that. It hasn’t worked in the nearly 250 years of the American experiment, and it never will. When the Israelites realized they were in trouble for rebelling at the ten spies’ bad report, they picked up arms and went to war — and were defeated. When they had one man, Achan, in their midst, who had violated God’s commands, they went to war against Ai — and were defeated. In both cases, their defeat was due to God not being with them.
In every case in Scripture and history, God has always given overwhelming victory to those who were utterly reliant on Him. Those who have His favor are unstoppable. As Paul says in Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
The failure at Malheur National Refuge and the failure of the rally in Richmond are evident of one painful fact: God was not with them.
Once again, an unpopular assessment, and maybe harsh, but true.
Perhaps if these people first and foremost had repented of our multitudinous national sins, God would have looked on them in favor.
Sins such as:
— idolatry (politicians, troops, police, flags, documents, sports, guns, etc)
— blasphemy (elections, calling man-made documents “divinely-inspired”, etc)
— murder (supporting evil wars, caring more about “muh guns” than about infanticide, etc)
— adultery (tolerating and accepting sexual deviancy and miscegenation in their midst, etc)
— theft (accepting the central banking system, supporting taxes, charging interest on loans, etc)
— treason (loving secular republics and hating the idea of rule by Christ and His Law)
— pride (thinking Americans are God’s gift to humanity, etc)
… and that’s just a start! Nationally we are guilty of violating every single one of the Ten Commandments, and yet we have the gall to think God will grant us any victory in our struggles. Lunacy and stupidity. It would be laughable if it weren’t for the horrifying results.
II Chronicles 7:14 gives the formula for victory over tyranny and moral downslide:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
‘Muricans are so busy patting themselves on the back for being ‘Muricans, so busy idolizing Donald Trump, so busy bowing down to the “founding fathers” and their monstrosity known as the “Constitution” that they’ve been utterly blinded to the extent of their depravity. Humbling themselves is not an option for the flag-waving, troop-supporting, 2A-adoring ‘Murican.
And until something drastic happens to make them get over themselves, God will not hear from heaven, forgive their sin, or heal their land. Things will only get progressively worse, and nothing they do will stop the juggernaut of tyranny.
The best thing Americans can do is recognize that everything going wrong in America is not the fault of liberals, Democrats, Muslims, Jews, nonvoters, or whoever else they love to point the finger at. It’s the fault of each and every one of us, individually and nationally, due to our pride and idolatry, our blasphemy and our rebellion against God.
“YHWH is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. — Psalm 34:18
Americans need to adopt the spirit that made our ancestors sit in sackcloth and ashes. Glamorous? No. Epic and exciting? Hardly. ‘Murican? Not in the least. But certainly much more likely to be noticed by Almighty God, who gives the victory.