Monday, February 24, 2014

Echoing the rhythm and pattern of history

In December 2012 and in early 2013, I noted the Democrats surging push for gun control resulted in a public panic not unlike the colonial Powder Alarm of 1774.

Fast forward a year or so, and residents of Connecticut appear to be stashing arms in violation of a newly restrictive gun registration law. The state's leading newspaper is calling for enforcement action to bring the "scofflaws" to justice. Sounds a lot like the lead-up to what happened in Massachusetts in the Spring of 1775.

But there's also a third component as current events seemly rhyme with the past. That's the rising call from state legislatures that the federal government has overstepped authority, and a belief that it must be brought back under control by some extraordinary means. Recent actions in the Georgia legislature approving Article V measures are examples of this new spirit of state interest in push-back.

In colonial times, legislative bodies also debated how to best counter perceived abuses suffered at the hands of the crown. As the debates continued, as history unfolded, more radical approaches came to be seen as necessary.

If historical parallels provide example, we may be well into an unfolding timeline of a much more significant phase in America's history than most people can begin to fathom.

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