As a non American, I this view that the government, democratically elected, comprising of your fellow Americans, could well be the enemy on the inside waiting for the population to drop their guard so that they can be oppressed and controlled (possibly akin to the oppression and control the Church and aristocracies had over their European populations and which the first settlers were fleeing?) a fascinating one. Doesn’t that view fly in the face of the constant cultural narrative that the US is a land of the free?
Nope. The U.S. is the land of the free because of constant vigilance. It was only a little over 200 years ago that our government was oppressing us, and we took matters into our own hands.
How do certain segments of the US citizenry reconcile believing that the US is this free and equal nation in spirit and at the same time that the nation’s population, in theory merely representing the will of the people, is a potential dictatorship if only you would allow yourselves to become pacified? Please try to answer how you and your fellow Americans accommodate both views at the cultural level.
Sure. Because people are fallen and will succumb to their baser instincts. The Constitution is a wonderful thing. The Second Amendment is there to protect all the rest of them. Without the Second Amendment, the Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Or more accurately, the federal government doesn’t have to follow it if the will of the people could not be backed up with the force of arms.
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject. But I guess you know all about that.