Domination Through Incrementalism

by Colonel Dan


The Cowboy Chronicle

August 2005


If anyone thinks you can appease the voracious appetite of the anti-constitutional left in America today, I still have some of those fully engraved bull chips left I’d like to sell you.  Whether it’s cigarettes, guns or anything else, incremental tyranny can never be satisfied.  No matter what concessions or agreements you make today, it will never be enough tomorrow—not until they totally dominate the society.  How do they slip this by the people? Incrementally; it’s the old “boil the frog trick.”  Put a frog in nice cool water initially so he’s comfortable and doesn’t jump out, turn up the heat slowly and before he realizes it, he’s cooked.

Don’t think this is the case?  Remember the demand for non smoking sections on airplanes that turned into non-smoking flights which turned into smoke free airports which grew into smoke free restaurants which turned into smoke free buildings which turned into federally supported law suits against big tobacco?

When it comes to guns, how about going from the simple concept of    “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” to over 20,000 gun laws? If you need further convincing about where this all leads, how about the statement of a leftist Attorney General that shows a total and arrogant disregard of the Bill of Rights:

"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of firearms is the goal."

~ Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States, December 10th, 1993 [Associated Press]

The incremental attack continues to grow and expand like a cancer on this country and agreements or laws that don’t conform to their extreme liberal agenda can just be damned.

An extract from an NRA-ILA Alert of a few years back is yet another example of this attitude that agreements and laws which don’t support their agenda are meaningless to these liberal anti-constitutionalists:

“Philadelphia has filed its own lawsuit against 14 lawful gun makers,

including S&W, flying in the face of the State Legislature and Governor Tom Ridge (R). Ridge enacted a law last December that prohibits cities in Pennsylvania from filing such reckless lawsuits. Philadelphia’s suit clearly shows that anti-gun extremists have no regard for the rule of law, and that no matter who is interpreting the Clinton-Gore/S&W agreement, it will not protect any lawful gun maker from litigation designed to drive them into bankruptcy.”

Submission to liberal incrementalism reminds me somewhat of the military tactic of trading space for time when you’re overwhelmed by an enemy force.  The idea is you continue to withdraw, fighting as you go, until your force has an opportunity to regroup and regain the offensive.  Trouble is the on-coming enemy continually gains momentum and trading space for time is normally a bad deal because time is infinite while space is finite.  Sooner or later, you’re going to run out of trading material as time marches on, then what?    Given that, I personally elect to fight anti-constitutional incrementalism at every turn and in every circumstance.  Their basic philosophy is what I fight and their intent for our future is rotten to the core – counter to America’s original foundation regardless of what their “common sense legislation” says today.  

Make no mistake, I am not opposed to honorable legislative compromise on process, but I will always oppose compromise of principle—especially where that compromise involves basic liberty.  As Thomas Jefferson said, “In matters of style [process], swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Simply put, compromise of principle is no compromise—it’s surrender.  However, we had all better recognize that undermining the principle of liberty is a primary goal of the socialistic left and incrementalism is their method to achieve that goal.  If they ever succeed, total domination of the American society is a foregone conclusion.   

I make no apologies or excuses to anyone for my expressed hatred of what anti-constitutional liberalism has done to America and what it intends for our future.  Anyone who thinks they can make an appeasing deal with the devil today will quickly discover that they have only succeeded in bargaining away their tomorrows.

Just the view from my saddle…

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