"Nothing concentrates the mind so wonderfully as the prospect of being hung in the morning." -- Benjamin Franklin, paraphrasing Dr. Samuel Johnson.
Yes to tell you the truth, if I thought you could possibly be innocent and stand unconvicted in the eye of Heaven, if you dropped your weapons and submitted to the late Bill for the alteration of the (English) Constitution, I would immediately change my voice and preach to you the long exploded doctrine of Non-resistance. But as an honest man and as a minister of Jesus Christ, as a servant of Heaven, I dare not do it. As a friend to righteousness, as a priest of the Lord who is under the Gospel Dispensation, I must say – The Priests blow the trumpets in Zion – stand fast – take the Helmet, Shield and Buckler and put on the Brigandine!
Arise! my injured countrymen! and plead even with the sword, the firelock and the bayonet, plead with your arms the birthrights of Englishmen, the dearly purchased legacy left you by your never - to - be - forgotten Ancestors. And, if God does not help, it will be because your Sins testify against you: otherwise you may be assured. But. . . let every single step taken in this most intricate affair be upon the defensive. God forbid that we should give our enemies the opportunity of saying justly that we have brought a civil war upon ourselves by the smallest offensive action. -- Rev. William Emerson, 1775, speaking as pastor of the First Parish in Concord. He was also chaplain to the Provincial Congress when it met at Concord in October 1774, and is quoted in The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross.
Regular readers may recall that it has been my intention to write this part three of "Where to draw the line" since September. Each time I started, Churchill's black dog came to rest on my keyboard once again and words failed me. Now, thanks to the threatened actions of state authorities in Connecticut and the trenchant observation of a good friend, that black dog has been chased howling from the room.
“If you haven’t declared it or registered it and you get caught ... you’ll be a felon,” Mike Lawlor, Malloy’s so-called “gun czar,” said last year. “People who disregard the law are, among other things, jeopardizing their right to own firearms. If you’re not a law-abiding citizen, you’re not a law-abiding citizen.” -- Three midterm votes point to potential shift in gun-rights battle
The CSM correspondent also writes in the same article:
The affirmation of the Malloy administration in Connecticut, especially, says Mr. Vanderboegh, raises new questions about what the returning governor is planning to do about gun owners who fail to register their semiautomatic rifles and large magazines under a new law signed by Governor Malloy last year. With Malloy back in office, “the noise that you’re hearing that’s drowning out GOP triumphalism is the ‘snick-snick’ of cleaning rods going through rifles,” Vanderboegh says.
After sharing that article with an old friend yesterday, he smiled this slow, bitter, rueful smile and said, "Well, Mike, you always are quoting Franklin about the prospect of being hung in morning. I guess this is it."
That observation came back to me in the wee, insomniac hours of this morning. It struck me almost like a physical blow, this realization. Malloy and his anti-American toady Lawlor have just made things utterly simple for us. They have announced that they will be answering the question for us, this "Where to draw the line," with their own tyrannical actions. Like heedless children playing a game they scarcely understand, they have declared their solution in bloody crayon upon the wall. They will draw the line for us. All we have to do is get ready and be prepared to respond to their offensive tyrannical violence with our own defensive measures. As I have written before, "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!"
The line has already been drawn. Malloy, Lawlor and Ron Pinciaro and all their sycophants in the collectivist media in CT who have demanded OUR liberty, OUR property and OUR blood on their editorial pages have drawn it and they are ready for their willing bully boys of the Connecticut State Police to cross over. THEY will be the ones to fire the first shots of the next civil war. THEY have demanded it. It didn't, still doesn't, have to be this way. As I all but begged Malloy previously, all he has to do is suspend enforcement of the Intolerable Act until the Supreme Court rules on its constitutionality. And as I have pointed out many times, an unconstitutional law is void. Yet their appetites for our liberty, our property even at the cost of our lives, drives them on insatiably. Indeed, as I watched Malloy last night in his interview by Chris Matthews on MSNBC, visions of presidential sugarplums are dancing in his head. He should ask himself, what are the chances of being elected president AFTER he starts the next civil war with his policies. However, as Reverend Emerson ("a very bad subject of his majesty," according to one British spy at the time) told his congregants: "But. . . let every single step taken in this most intricate affair be upon the defensive. God forbid that we should give our enemies the opportunity of saying justly that we have brought a civil war upon ourselves by the smallest offensive action."
The British are marching out of Boston once again, although this time the road wends it way, by the choice of our would-be masters, through Connecticut. Get ready. A new Lexington and a new Concord Bridge beckon. By THEIR choice, not ours. The line has been drawn. By them. And they are preparing to cross it. Be ready. The choice, and the beginning, is theirs. The finishing, well, that will be up to us.
You know, the Reverend Emerson died in the service of his young country at the age of 33 on 20 October 1776. He gave everything for liberty. Some of us, if Malloy, Lawlor and Pinciaro get their way, will have to do so as well, never knowing the outcome. It is a trade that some of us had better be prepared to make. For they are coming. The line is drawn, by them. And they are fixing to cross it. What will you do when they do?