Mark Steyn is a very smart guy. You Regulars should pay attention.
As for “gun-totin’,” large numbers of Americans tote guns because they’re assertive, self-reliant citizens, not docile subjects of a permanent governing class. The Second Amendment is philosophically consistent with the First Amendment, for which I’ve become more grateful since the Canadian Islamic Congress decided to sue me for “hate speech” up north. Both amendments embody the American view that liberty is not the gift of the state, and its defense cannot be outsourced exclusively to the government.
He has pretty much nailed the philosophy behind a counterinsurgent-supportive virtual militia. Our favorite Westphalian nation-state is at war, but chooses not to fight the War of Ideas like a real war. Irregulars reserve the right to annoy the enemy any way we can, including domestic enemies beyond the reach of .mil retribution. And many of those enemies can be annoyed on the Internet in rare moments of spare time, when we’re not at the mall.
Amriki tribal chauvinists should appreciate this:
“Were I a Kerry voter, though, I’d feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets. The self-righteous, gun-totin’, military-lovin’, sister-marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, nonpassport ownin’ rednecks, who believe God gave America the biggest d*** in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land ‘free and strong.'”
I love that, even though I don’t have sister, but I DO have a passport, and I don’t despise cute foreigners who smell good.