What is a Fabian Socialist and what does it have to do with guns? Good questions, the answer of which hearkens back to over 2300 years ago to the Roman Republic and General Fabius Maximus. Seeing as it is Veterans Day I figured it’s as good a time as any to work in a war story.
General Fabius earned the nickname Cuncator which is Latin for “the delayer” for his tactics used in the Second Punic War against Hannibal.
After the disastrous battles for the Romans at Trebia and Lake Trasimene and the loss of two Consular Armies and Hannibal all but at the gates of Rome, the Romans elected Fabius as Dictator.
Fabius employed a new strategy; understanding that the Carthaginians under Hannibal were a vastly superior fighting force opted not to meet them in pitched battle but rather keep his troops close and harry them as they went. Small victories added up for Rome and Carthage could not find an enemy in which to engage for the coup de grace.
And so this war of attrition, this avoidance of pitched battle and the small wins of seeming little consequence, eventually turned the tide of the Second Punic War to the Romans favor and Hannibal, for all his superiority on the battlefield was left defeated.
Fabian Socialism follows the same concept. Small, seemingly inconsequential increments, gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process. Hence we have Obamacare.
But let us further extrapolate this idea to how he will attack the Second Amendment. Obama will not make the same mistake that Clinton did in 1994. He will not engage in battle directly with the Second Amendment and thereby rousing the full might of the gun community. What he will do instead are the gradual changes that the average person would not even recognize. Nominations of anti gun Federal Appellate judges, Fast and Furious programs (before they fall apart and are discovered), UN Arms Trade Treaties, and the like.
I doubt Obama will lift up a piece of legislation that must be passed by Congress saying “this gun confiscation bill must be passed”. No. He push for a innocuous treaty, or nominate a closeted gun control zealot for the Supreme Court or simply circumvent the legislative process by Executive fiat.
He will attack the Second Amendment and try to kill it, not with a deathblow, but with a thousand tiny cuts.
Or at least, that is what he will try to do. Eternal vigilance is the only defense.