Thursday, March 25, 2010
Marshal Kutuzov's Prayer: The last shove, the fatal overreach.
This is what the collectivists do not get, and apparently refuse to get:
First, they insist that because they won the last couple of federal election cycles this gives them the right to ignore the Constitution. The Founders despised the tyranny of unfettered democracy as much or more than that of royalty or dictatorship. Absent the restraints of the constitutional republic, democracy -- majority rule -- is merely three wolves and a sheep sitting down at a table to vote on what, or who, to have for dinner. The rights of the sheep are by no means protected. But folks like Alan Colmes, for just one example, last night kept bleating, "we won the election" as if that gave these people carte blanche to do what they do without reference to the Constitution. Hitler, too, was installed in power by legal means. "Legality" does not confer legitimacy and certainly not morality.
Second, they believe that their tyranny of "good intentions" is not a tyranny because it is well intentioned. "Don't you want poor people to have 'health care?'" Or, "I want 'health care' because it will help my situation out, so why don't you want ME to have it?" One caller to the Colmes' show made that statement last night. I told him, "I understand that YOU are willing to trade liberty for such a mess of pottage, but WE are not." And I suppose that if this were a voluntary system that is being erected, there would not be near the anger and resentment that causes otherwise law-abiding folks to read some scribbling by an Internet blogger and venture forth into the dark to risk arrest by breaking windows -- something that likely they have never before done in their lives.
BUT IT IS NOT VOLUNTARY. It IS tyrannical in its vast scope. It would force us all to bend to their will in a scheme that is unconstitutional on its face. It is backed up by the force and power of the federal Leviathan.
Third, they extrapolate from their own cowardice and believe that just because they would never disobey federal diktat delivered at the point of a taxpayer-funded automatic weapon, that everyone else will knuckle under as well. They cannot comprehend armed resistance to the tyranny of the majority because it is not within their world view. They further do not understand that there are people who are not only willing to die for their principles, but are willing to kill for them, too. Trapped as they are within their rigged rules of the game, they believe that we must look at the chess board and resign, quietly going into their collectivist good night. What they cannot see is that we have the Founders' option. As free men -- ARMED free men and women -- we have the means to upset the whole corruption-riddled table and smash it to flinders and then take out the Founders' board, which they have hidden in a closet, and start the game all over again. That is why the Founders gave us the Second Amendment, to secure our natural and God-given rights to liberty, and to self defense.
Finally, because they are trapped within their worldview, they do not understand the perception on our side that we have been pushed as far as we are going to go and that some of us are not only willing, but eager, to remove their tyranny now while we are still able to so. They do not understand the concept of the fatal overreach, the bridge too far, or if they do, they do not believe it applies to them. Indeed, had they stuck to the incremental Gramscian approach that they have been using, lo, these past 75 years, using the public schools as socialist re-education camps, etc., it is possible they could have proceeded further down their tyrannical road without provoking armed reaction.
When the new Intolerable Act passed, I was at first deeply depressed for most of the next day. The die had been cast and in my mind's eye I saw all the butchery to come stretched out before us, and our children, and I mourned for what was about to happen.
And then I thought of Marshal Kutuzov.
When Napoleon with all his Grand Armee continued to push into Russia in 1812, Kutuzov, an intensely Christian man, fell on his knees and thanked God that He had made the French enemy so blind. He knew that even if his army could not defeat Napoleon in a set-piece battle, Russia, the countryside and her people, would. Kutuzov thanked his Maker that the enemy had overreached and would be defeated by his own ambitions.
And so, recognizing that now I would live long enough to play a small role in the restoration of the Founders' Republic -- recognizing that if they had waited another ten years of Gramscian incrementalism that there likely would not have been enough us left alive who remembered how things had been and had the gumption to successfully resist -- at the end of that day after Nancy Pelosi's triumph, I too fell on my knees and thanked God for the enemy's insatiable appetite, blind arrogance and strategic mistake.
After the domestic enemies of the Constitution kick this off by attempting to force their will upon us at our doorsteps, there will be many bloody battles before we prevail, and many of those we will lose. But as Kutuzov said, "The only battle that matters is the LAST battle."
For our enemies' strategic blindness, arrogant hubris and fatal overreach, we should be grateful.
That is the essential thing they do not grasp, cannot grasp, because all their caution is overcome by their insatiable appetites for our liberty, our property and our lives.
For that we should fall upon our knees and thank God.
Pelosi and her Grand Armee are marching further into the hinterland of America. And America will defeat them.
I do not believe that I will live long enough to march in the victory parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. But my son and daughters will. Of that I am certain.