The 2022 midterms are coming up.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Jew on the 1/6 Committee, has penned a new op-ed in the New York Times in which he argues that there is no such thing as the right to secession or even revolution.
“Many Republicans in Congress agree with Representative Matt Gaetz that the Second Amendment “is about maintaining within the citizenry the ability to maintain an armed rebellion against the government, if that becomes necessary.”
This purported right to overthrow the government means that the people must enjoy access to weapons that are wholly unnecessary for hunting or self-defense, such as military-style assault weapons. As Representative Chip Roy, a Republican, argues, the Second Amendment was “designed purposefully to empower the people to resist the force of tyranny used against them.”
Some champions of this insurrectionist theory of the Second Amendment seem to glorify violence against public officials. Two weeks before the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection overran the U.S. Capitol, Representative Lauren Boebert declared that the Second Amendment “has nothing to do with hunting, unless you’re talking about hunting tyrants, maybe.”
Statements such as these were irresponsible enough before Jan. 6. Today, such talk courts disaster. It valorizes the brutality of the worst insurrectionary domestic attack at the Capitol in U.S. history, freezes our ability to pass reasonable gun safety legislation and justifies even more deadly political violence. It is essential to reject the myth that frustrated citizens have a Second Amendment right to raise arms against the government — an outrageous betrayal of our Constitution. …
After the Civil War, the 14th Amendment disqualified from public office anyone who had sworn an oath to support the Constitution but then participated in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States. …”
This is where liberalism is at now.
As Jamie Raskin sees it, the government has the right to regulate the Second Amendment out of existence. There is also no right to revolution as a last resort which would have come as a surprise to John Locke and the American Founders. The authority of the federal government is absolute.
Jamie Raskin invokes the precedent of Lincoln and the Radical Republicans who gulaged their political opposition during the War Between the States and who used the 14th Amendment to disenfranchise ex-Confederates in the South during Reconstruction in order to maintain Republican dominance. He sees himself as arguing with Chip Roy, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert and other conservatives and rightwing populists in Congress who insist that the intent of the Second Amendment was always to ensure that citizens of the American Republic would have the arms to enforce the right to revolution.
For this and many other reasons, I won’t be losing any sleep over Democrats losing the House or the dissolution of the 1/6 Committee. As Chris Hayes like to say, these people “tell us who they are.” They keep telling us that their minds are on the precedent of mass disenfranchisement during Reconstruction. They have repeatedly invoked Lincoln and the actions he took to “preserve the Union.”
Note: If memory serves, Democrats have already tried using various lawsuits to disqualify people like Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene from holding office on the grounds of being “insurrectionists.”