A quick breakfast complaint:
The people we hear threatening government workers and badmouthing government in general are often the same people shouting Support the Troops! and flying those blue-stripe flags as if the military and police are saints.
Hey, soldier-loving, cop-loving enemies of big government, you need this reminder:
Soldiers are government. Cops are government. They are the biggest, baddest government, the employees of the leviathan authorized to shoot and kill you. When government turns truly tyrannical, it’s the military and the police who carry out the tyrant’s bloody work, who round up the dissidents and man the jails, the gulags, and the firing squads.
Is it just the guns that exempt soldiers and cops from anti-government radicals’ wrath? Would election officials, mail carriers, and IRS agents get more respect if they carried assault rifles at work? Show me your receipts or I’ll shoot!
The January 6 insurrectionists at least displayed consistency in their hatred of government, or at least of a government run by anyone other than their preferred tyrant. The January 6 insurrectionists sought to assault government officials on both sides of the aisle, and they showed no qualms about assaulting the police who protected those government officials. We want what we want (guns, apartheid), and we will destroy anything else—that’s a vile, brutish Blutpolitik, but it’s more consistent and honest than today’s “conservatives” who say they don’t trust government but invest absolute faith and endless dollars in the armed wings of the government.
If you really oppose big government, you can’t support bigger armed government. If you support defunding tax collectors and environmental regulators on the premise that government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub, then you should cheer, or at least seek supportive conversations and common ground with, those who would defund the army and the police.