"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But, if they want to have a war, let it begin here." Capt. John Parker, Lexington Company of the Middlesex County Brigade, Massachusetts Militia, April 19, 1775.
I saw Buckman's Tavern in Lexington for the first time in my life yesterday. Today I will be at the Oath Keepers ceremony.
We stand at the brink, understanding that the world we have known cannot stand unchanged in the face of the ominous forces of societal, economic and moral collapse, expanding government appetites and natural push-back on the part of people who always thought they were free and have awakened to the prospect that other people are doing their dead-level best to enslave them and their children.
If history has taught us anything, it is that there is no negotiating with collectivist slave-masters. Like the Borg, collectivism in all its forms demands your assimilation or your death.
As my good friend Pete of Western Rifle shooter's Association says: "We're screwed. We'll have to fight. Let's win."
By retaking the Oath today, soldiers past and present of the American constitutional republic pledge once more their faithful service to the eternal principles of the Declaration and the Constitution and opposition to tyrants foreign and domestic.
In proportion to the task that faces them, they are pitifully few in number at the point of contact, much like Captain Parker's company 234 years ago.
Men and women representing all of our country's service branches will be here. And what they will do is incredibly simple, fantastically powerful, and a direct threat to the collectivist tyrant-wannabes of who seek to bend us to their purpose.
By reaffirming the Oath, and reminding everyone who ever took it that it is for life, that it never expires until the death of the man or woman who swore it, they are well within the law as even our would-be oppressors define it. Yet it is absolutely subversive to THEIR intentions. Yet anything they do to retaliate against the Oath Keepers will only remind the rest of the people that it is THEY who are the subversives, THEY who are the seditionists, THEY who are the "extremists," THEY who are the law-breakers, and they who are illegitimate in their exercise of power far beyond anything the Founders would have tolerated.
It is this question of legitimacy that strikes fear into their hearts. If the people finally perceive them as illegitimate, they will be swept away. For if they cannot count on the military to wield the unconstitutional fist for them, they know they will lose.
I know not what today brings, whether the event will be viewed by others as successful or not. But I do know that somewhere, Captain Parker and the rest of the Founders will be smiling.