I'd say the threat level from government has increased since 1996, wouldn't you guys?
If I knew how to get myself and my boys plugged into a local militia, I'd do it in a heartbeat.
I would say that, to an anxiety-provoking level. Mr. Johnson was speaking not only on behalf of conditions present in '96, but, prophetically of current events.
Ditto on the local militia, but I'd rather join a neighborhood group of the same type of construction. And that's been something at which I have no skill (what people-skills?) in forming.
Hell, my neighbors seem like the types who would probably turn me in to the FBI if I suggested such a thing. Maybe I don't give them enough credit, but that's my impression.
"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means."
- Thomas Jefferson