"1776 will commence again!"
Man, did that scare the hell out of me! I wish I could say Alex Jones is alone, but he's not. It's past-time we admitted there is a faction of completely bonkers, mostly-Southern white people who are dominating the discussion. They're signing secession petitions on the White House website, threatening to kill people on Youtube and are elevating the noise when we need a clear-headed debate.
All throughout American history we have let fear of irrational, violent and angry Southern whites stop us from progress. Now, during the gun control and immigration debates, it looks like we're at another one of these moments.
The question is: should we be afraid of these people, and if we admit that we're afraid, what then?
See, I just received my honorable discharge from the Navy and I'm going to college on the GI Bill. I had the privilege to stand armed watches for my country. However, the privilege to stand those watches required intensive training, strict safety practices and yearly re-qualification. I'm shocked by how, just a few weeks after Sandyhook, so many people seem to be resisting common-sense gun safety measures. Now, they're threatening to shoot and kill people in order to keep their assault rifles. Whatever happened to being "Pro-life?"
The civil war and civil rights movements weren't the only other times we had these tensions, either. Prior to the civil war, there were frequent outbursts of Southern secessionist rage. Laws that outlawed slave-hunting in the North were met with threats of secession in the South all throughout the 1800s.
In 1850, Daniel Webster earned his name as America's orator on behalf of the "Clay Compromise," an action that delayed the civil war by a decade. In the meantime, a million African Americans continued to squander in slavery.
The fact is, if people like Alex Jones want to harass immigrants like Piers Morgan, if they want to secede or shoot and kill federal employees, they're going to do it whether we compromise with them or not. I, for one, am not going to be intimidated.
It's time we stood firm for our values: Northern values.
We won't accept racism, bigotry or the physical intimidation of immigrants. We value our children and their right to go to school without being shot. We believe being pro-marriage is about love, not hate. We're proud of our well-regulated militia's right to bear arms and we'll call 9-1-1 when we need them. And when we go hunting, we do it with a shotgun or a rifle; not a semi-automatic, 100-rounds per minute death machine and a grenade launcher.
In the meantime, to all the people that are threatening secession, war or violence, I have a message for you:
If you don't have something constructive to say, shut up. If you want to secede, good luck. It didn't work so well the first time.
We remember Sandyhook, Aurora and Tucson. We see what's going on down South with the treatment of minorities and immigrants. We're going to have these national debates whether you act like responsible citizens or not. And guess what?Things are going to change.
But don't you dare try to threaten, bully or intimidate us. You may think you can because we're not armed to the teeth, but it's high-time you started showing some Southern hospitality.
The North is angry, too.