Saturday, July 4, 2009
Independence (?) Day and what "or else" means.
Patrice Lewis writes in "The late great United States" --found here-- that today, July 4th, should be a national day of mourning. I can only sadly agree.
This solemn attitude appears to be shared by my fellow gunnies. David Codrea writes here that "Independence requires the will and means to preserve it."
Likewise, Kurt Hoffman at the St. Louis Gun Examiner tells us here that the "Brady Campaign observes Independence Day by lobbying against liberty," which comes as no surprise. Kurt concludes:
So, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our free nation, the Brady Campaign continues its relentless lobbying for banning private sales of firearms, rationing the right to buy them, banning useful and hugely popular semi-automatic rifles, and giving the BATFE more money and power with which to abuse gun owners. I don't think so, Brady Campaign. Not even if it takes another war against tyranny to stop it.
The sum of all our fears, I think, is this. For years, and for many of us all our lives, we have tried to get the collectivist enemies of our rights to liberty and property to understand that they had better leave us the hell alone, or else. And now, thanks to their arrogance, stupidity and tyrannical appetites, we are coming to the "or else."
The Founders must have experienced this moment, when their fear of opposing the mighty British Empire with all of the terrible winds of war that would be unleashed thereby vied in their minds and hearts with their desire, their demand, to be free of a tyranny that interfered incessantly in their lives and that would not leave them be.
But then, as now, the Power, the Leviathan, would not cease shoving people around because it felt it knew better than they how to conduct their own lives.
Yet, the Founders stood and claimed their independence. Over the intervening centuries their descendants gave it up bit by bit, gradually selling their freeborn heritage for a mess of socialist pottage.
So here we are, at the hollow anniversary of Independence Day, faced with the likelihood that we will very soon have to reclaim that independence from another grasping tyranny with our blood and our lives, placing all we hold dear, our families most especially, on the ghastly chess board of civil war as markers of our sincerity.
We KNOW that this situation of two peoples -- one of free individuals and one of the collectivist herd -- cannot last for very much longer. One or the other must triumph. And we know from history that such deep divides are almost always bridged by piling up enough bodies in bloody civil war to fill the chasm.
So, no, I will not be celebrating this Independence Day. I will hold my family close, and I will pray to God for guidance and protection and I will look to the bloody future with apprehension. But -- know this. Know that I intend to maintain my own liberty, even if it kills me and mine in the process. That was the Founders' solution, and that is mine.
So you must decide for yourselves this Independence Day, gentlemen and ladies, where you will stand and what you will risk. The next match of the eternal contest of liberty versus tyranny is about to begin. Place your bets. Just understand the game pieces are your own flesh and blood. And some of us will, if required, be expendable. That is what "or else" means.