The fish that covets bait is caught; troops who covet bait are defeated. - Mei Yao-Ch'en
An Anonymous commenter below spoke thusly:
"When, Mike, when? When will we stop worrying about 'playing the game the right way' and realize that its probably already too late? These aren't even sneak attacks on liberty anymore. They have grown bold. Will you hold back until it is too late? I have begun to fear that you will......"
To which I responded:
Organize and prepare. Organize and prepare. No one is yet ready, not them, not us. Remember our inherent strengths and take not counsel of your fears. We can and will win, but we must be of all things patient, calm, deliberate. They will overstep finally, irrevocably. Their appetites compel them. But we must take every second they give us to get out own shit together.
They expect to be able to provoke us. The essence of victory is to never do what your enemy expects and at the same time never become the evil your enemy represents.
Is this easy? Hell no. But this is the way of the Founders. And we all know that in the end they "played the game the right way."
Redouble, re-triple your efforts. Time is short and quit worrying about what advantage they may make of what is left. Just make sure YOU use it wisely.
No frigging Fort Sumters. Period.
Don't worry. Lexington Green awaits. Indeed. It is the least of your worries.
Worry instead about how to win our equivalents of Concord Bridge, Breeds Hill, Kings Mountain, Cowpens and Yorktown.
Carefully figure out what you are going to do to the enemies of the Republic when they finally, irrevocably start the fray.
And then (I should have concluded, and correct the omission now), THEN and ONLY THEN, execute your counterstrike ferociously into the head, the heart and the belly of the tyrannical beast.