As a friend on another site said:
"They just turned the clock back from 11:59 to 11:54"Most of what I wrote below still applies, as the Senate is pulling something just as filthy, so-called "reconciliation".
For those who don't understand, they're treating the hostile takeover of our health-care system as if it were some mundane budget item - because they can't pass it with an up-or-down vote.
It ain't "the slaughter rule" but it damn sure ain't RIGHT.
I also must admit that my original post was based on bad information. When I got in the car and turned on the radio, Hannity was talking as if they'd already held the Demon-Pass vote - hence my opening lines below.
I should have verified that info, I did not. Mea Culpa.
I had written what follows earlier today - before I'd learned that the despotic tyrants in DC had decided to kill what remained of our Constitutional Republic.
It's now official: There ARE NO LIMITS. Anything these monsters desire, they can do - and the precedent is set, so they WILL do it again, and again.
Cap & Tax?
Amnesty for 20+ million illegal aliens (and a permanent demmunist-voting majority)?
Forced conscription of your children (and their children, and theirs, and...) into unpaid Government "service"?
NO LIMITS TO THE POWER OF THESE THUGS!
I support the planned lawsuits, and every other non-violent means of turning this around, and will do everything within my power to help them succeed - but I cannot believe it will work.
It is now - WITHOUT QUESTION - time for us to openly discuss That Which Must Not Be Named. We don't want this, but we will not stand for this blatant tyranny. Forced to choose, we will fight. The only remaining question is whether these Marxist monsters will blink first.
We actually pray that they will, but believe in the ancient adage "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum."
At the same time, as regards our G*d-given Liberties, we say "Molon Labe!"
God help us - and God Save Our Republic!
I wrote what follows before I learned that The Enemy had decided to - once and for all - declare war on We The People, and what little remained of our Constitutional Republic.
I present it - unedited - below.
Once again, I'm inspired by a post (or, more accurately, a COMMENT) at Sipsey Street.
Sadly, I'm not physically capable of active participation in the fight for RESTORATION that now seems to be inevitable. OTOH, I *AM* capable of cheerleading.
Since I am - without question - already on numerous "lists", I've decided to put by hindquarters where my mouth is and STOP BEATING AROUND THE BUSH.
If this GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER falsely billed as "health care reform" is jammed through - not only over the clear objection of a supermajority of Citizens, not only without even enough votes to pass it in a Constitutional way, but WITHOUT SO MUCH AS EVEN HOLDING A VOTE IN CONGRESS - then The Enemy will have finally declared themselves our Masters - and DESTROYED any pretense of "Constitutional" or "Limited" Government.
If they can do this, in this way, then there are no longer *ANY* limits of *ANY* kind on the powers these despots will seize for themselves. There is literally NOTHING to stop them from doing ANYTHING they please.
If they do this, then like Jefferson (PBUH) before me, I declare "LET THEM TAKE ARMS!"
God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.
If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Let them take arms. ... What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.
It is long past time to be sure our apparently deaf and blind would-be "rulers" CANNOT IGNORE the FACT "that their people preserve the spirit of resistance!"
I TRULY hope - against all evidence - that we can do so without shedding the blood of a single Patriot or Tyrant. I no longer BELIEVE it's possible without direct intervention of Nature's G*d - but that doesn't stop me from near constant, fervent prayer that Divine Providence will awaken these monsters before it is too late.
In comments to THIS POST, someone named "Anonymous" said:
Let's try that a different way:This made me think - HARD - about my response.
There is a coming invasion from Neptune and the media and 99% of the population are not talking about it. The only ones talking about it are the 1% who are expecting it. Won't they be surprised when the aliens show up?
How precisely will a "civil war" happen if only some tiny minority are "fighting" it? I mean c'mon, you guys aren't even 1%. Listening to you talk is what it must have been like to hear the Weather Underground talk about how many radicals were ready to take up arms against the US. Talk about hubris--you think the few of YOU can put the country into a civil war? Act as you speak and the response will be the same response crazy violent thugs always get, and guess what? The rest of the population will not start shooting at anyone. They will watch you be hauled off to jail or to the graveyard after the authorities deal with you and they will go "wow, some people are f'ing cray-zee" and they will go back to their lives.
Has that thought crossed your mind? For the sake of those who might care about you, I sure hope so.
March 17, 2010 4:54 PM
Since it was too long for comments, it became a blog post.
I use the term "We" below to describe any and all willing to actively resist tyranny - including myself. Unfortunately I am crippled and will not be able to fight in the traditional sense, but I will do any and every thing within my power to resist, and to support those doing the fighting. Like our Founders before (Peace Be Upon Them) I pledge my life, my (laughable) fortune, and my Sacred Honor to this just cause.
This is my answer to "Anon":
@Anon - March 17, 2010 4:54 PM:====================================================
Your Public (MIS)education is showing.
Had you been encouraged to actually LEARN our history, you'd know that less than 3% fought and won the FIRST revolution - against *THE* greatest military in the world at the time.
Further, they did it with the material support (as in "gave a bowl of hot soup or a blanket to a freezing fighter once") of less than 10% of the population. We've all heard of the horrors of Valley Forge - how could such happen if even a portion of the population supported them?
They didn't - and they probably won't here either. This isn't going to be a stand-up Massed-Infantry fight ala "battle of the bulge", it's going to be an ugly guerrilla/insurgent campaign.
If every true Patriot succeeds in nothing more than taking out the first man through his door when they come for him, it won't be long before they'll have a damn hard time getting even the most hardened warrior to be first through the door. Without a first there can be no second, third or twentieth!
Further, you're assuming that the .mil and all the jackboots in various alphabet-agencies will fight for the tyrants. Some will, but an unknown number won't - and many who will BEGIN on the wrong side will defect in short order. They may take some number of the real thugs out on their way, and will WITHOUT QUESTION bring along their weapons, intelligence and other necessary tools.
Further, they have to a man been trained (through decades of "political-correctness") to keep their mouths shut, SO The Enemy will have no way to figure out which are undercover Patriots. This fact should send chills up the spine of any REAL jackboots if they have the intelligence to understand its ramifications, and the reality will work incredible havoc on the morale and ability of The Enemy.
Remember - we're Patriots, not terrorists. Ergo:
(1) NO FORT SUMTERS - We're not going to start it, we're going to finish it.
(2) NO MORE FREE WACOS - many thousands have quietly vowed "one hundred heads" for every Patriot murdered by The Enemy.
(3) "Serbian rules" apply - quislings, lap-dog-media agents and politicians will be the primary targets. We'll make every effort to prevent harm to innocents, but once the gloves are off The Enemy are ALL legitimate targets.
Witness the troubles our mighty fighters have experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan - using WMDs (heavy artillery, tanks, missiles and air-power) they'd never dare unpack against US Citizens on US soil. In reality it might be BETTER for our cause if they did, as the inevitable "collateral damage" will be viewed quite differently by the sheeple than it is now - on the other side of the world, on "ragheads" and their families.
Now think: How hard is it to fight the Afghan people when (1) they're all "different" from you but (2) the fighters look just like the rest of the population? We got our @$es kicked in Vietnam and have had thousands of dead soldiers in our current conflicts in spite of all their armor and WMDs.
Nobody has *EVER* conquered Afghanistan. NEVER - in all of History - and every empire who has tried has been broken on the Afghan rack.
EVERY SINGLE ONE.
And THEY are just simple tribesmen - not AMERICANS!
Further, *WE* aren't uneducated tribesmen living a stone-age existence -- we're *AMERICANS* G-D D@**IT!! We're educated, trained and equipped - in many cases BETTER than our men fighting in the sandbox today.
(As an aside, our fighting men are also fighting against tyranny - of a dictator, or a group of self-appointed oligarchs. Do you really think they'll see the parallels here? Do you believe that none of them remember their SOLEMN OATH, or that none of those who don't will escape being reminded by those who DO? Do you REALLY believe they'll fight for the tyrants instead of keeping their oath and resisting these Domestic Enemies?We Patriots have our own fanatical but not-quite-religious beliefs - our "sacred texts" in THIS fight are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Some will - no doubt - follow WHATEVER orders they're given, but many will not. Every one who defects will cause several others to think, and some of them will do RIGHT as well - and eventually a critical mass will be reached.)
We're just as willing to die (if necessary) in support of our cause, but we're far from suicidal -- we'll make sure to collect our fair share of The Enemy in the process of shedding our own.
You - like all other COWARDS - have nothing that means that much to you. You're perfectly content to lick the hand that beats you so long as they keep the food-bowl topped up.
We know - WITHOUT QUESTION - that it's preferable for a man to die on his feet while fighting for what is right than to live forever on his knees.
Due to my inherent goodness I want to say "...and may your chains rest lightly upon you" - but I WILL not, because the reality is that your chains will weigh heavily on ALL OF US. INTOLERABLY so.
America is not a place, it's an IDEA - an idea which says "All men are CREATED equal - and what happens after that is up to YOU."
This simple yet profound idea led our Founders (PBUT) create a Republic which has not only surpassed all of humanity in its innovations, but literally created a standard whereby the ABSOLUTE POOREST among us live better than a majority of people in the rest of the world -- while simultaneously raising the standard of living for everyone on the planet.
Thanks to us, even the most primitive tribes in "deepest, darkest Africa" have well-made shoes and clothing to wear - the castoffs from our poorest are treasures to them.
We've fed the entire world with our farms, and FREED most of it with our military and industrial might, while maintaining the capability of INSTANTLY turning our Armed Forces' swords into humanitarian plowshares wherever they are needed.
What you're missing is that we've done so BECAUSE of our Constitution's focus on both individual rights and individual responsibilities.
Our Enemy is Collectivism/Statism - The basic premise thereof being that the people (as a group) are given rights by Governments - and those who attempt to destroy what's left of our Republic by forcing their twisted ideology on all of us.
This is irreconcilable with the FACTS that we KNOW to be true (and on which our once-great Republic was founded): We - as individuals - are given both rights AND RESPONSIBILITIES by Nature's G*d, and that *WE* *THE* *PEOPLE* grant some privileges to government in order to protect those rights and enable true Freedom and Liberty.
These world-views are irreconcilable - as anyone blessed with eyes to see can see. The "cold war" was not between US and the Soviets, it was between ordered Liberty and Collectivism/Statism. We won that war because the latter JUST DOES NOT (and CAN NOT) WORK.
This truth will win THIS one too - one way or another.
I pray we can do so by a Restoration of Constitutional Principles - because the other option is the same sort of Collectivism/Statism that's ALWAYS failed, and killed tens-of-millions in the process.
Like my namesake I proudly proclaim "Give me Liberty, or GIVE ME DEATH" - because life under a despotic, tyrannical Government is not worth living.
For those who might agree, but are reluctant to act out of fear of the power currently held by The Enemy, I can do no better than to PARAPHRASE The Bard:
"...Yup - that about covers it.
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our REPUBLIC loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet LIBERTY,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from THE LEGIONS OF COWARDS.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, LADY LIBERTY, through OUR host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And COINS for convoy put into his purse;
We would NEITHER LIVE NOR die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day WILL BE call'd the feast of RESTORATION.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of RESTORATION.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is RESTORATION DAY.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on RESTORATION day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day.
Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words-
GEORGE WASHINGTON, PATRICK HENRY and RHODES,
VANDERBOEGH and CODREA, OATH KEEPERS and THREEPERS,
LEXINGTON AND CONCORD AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES -
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And RESTORATION DAY shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy THREE PERCENT, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in OUR REPUBLIC now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks
That fought with us upon OUR RESTORATION day."
Listen, Anon: Unlike your messiah and his apostles, we have no desire to rule anyone - but rather only to FREE EVERYone to rule themselves.
This is America - the once and future Land of the Free. In spite of many decades of creeping evil, we really ARE still "The Home of the Brave"!
We'll see our great Republic RESTORED to its former glory - to again be the Shining City on a Hill - or we'll die trying.
Either one beats living under an iron-fisted Government in a pseudo-velvet, collectivist glove.
In closing, I can do no better than paraphrase another man whose words I am not fit to mouth - Patrick Henry (PBUH).
I can already hear the shouts of "TREASON!"
Like this great man, I give you the same (paraphrased) answer he did when such was said to him:
“Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell and George the Third ...."At that point he was interrupted by cries of “Treason!” from delegates who easily recognized the reference to assassinated leaders.
Henry paused briefly, then calmly finished his sentence:
“...may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”I am sure Brother Henry wouldn't flinch from saying the same to our current (Chicken) George, and add - as I do - "If this be Treason, make the most of it!"
In Closing, I feel I must further burden my reader with two more lengthy items:
First, - suitably PARAPHRASED - Patrick Henry's famous speech.
"No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. "
"This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings."
"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN RECENT DECADES to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House."
"Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies, AND NUMEROUS WEAPONS AND MILLIONS OF ROUNDS OF AMMO necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which TYRANTS resort."
" I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has OUR REPUBLIC any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of WEAPONS? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which theSE MARXISTS have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them?"
"Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for MANY DECADES. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves."
"Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before DEAR READER'S throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of theSE AMERICA-HATING THUGS. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!"
"In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!"
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a JACKBOOTED guard shall be stationed in every house?"
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us."
"Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."
Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come."
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from SODOM ON THE POTOMAC will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?"
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! "
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
If you have an ounce of self-respect and love for our Republic - and that doesn't stir your blood - you have no soul.
If you are still on the fence, then you must not yet understand the alternative -- The Rape of Liberty:
Ye vile, ignorant rabble, espousing hate,
Fast marching upon Freedom’s gate,
Shouting down those who would oppose,
Accusing false treason to all their foes,
Minds all closed as great steel traps,
Mobs like wild dogs howl wretched yaps,
Frenzied, they tear at the Sacred Gates,
Fires of Hell at home upon their grates.
Tolerance lies dead at heathens’ feet,
Beaten and crushed in darkened street.
And the mob cries lewdly at fair Liberty,
Leering lustfully at her maiden beauty,
Before they lunge, groping and tearing,
At her unsoiled gown, craven, jeering,
Pulling her rudely to the filthy ground,
As others, drooling, gather tightly round,
There rape her, virgin, in violent rage,
Like wild beasts upon the sideshow stage;
Lady Liberty, bleeding, bruised, rises -
But Liberty this ignorant crowd despises,
And turning upon her again and again,
They complete their bloody, raging sin,
Striking, stabbing ‘til breathes no more,
Lady Liberty upon this darkened shore.
Now the State, all-powerful, their faith,
Their idol-god, ungodly, steals her place,
And tramples all beneath its brutal heel,
Meeting patriotic resistance with steel,
Destroying all who refuse prostrate bow,
Not a voice to be heard for liberty now.
Pray we who loved her, and love her still,
For Liberty’s resurrection on shining hill,
Where once the peoples of all the lands,
Strove to plant feet in democracy’s sands,
For chance at life yet to them unknown,
Guided with Liberty’s torch-light shown.
Oh, may she rise from beleaguered tomb!
Will Freedom again for America bloom?
Oh, may we strive to stoke sacred flame,
Til Liberty rises, resurrected, yet again!
Hold to hope, ye lovers of democracy,
And never to the State willing vassals be!
Copyright April 29th, 2009, by Tom Woodard
If you've read this far, I am flattered. Hopefully you'll find it worth your time.I am humbled by your reading and comments.One last note to the Jackboots:I'm crippled - and hence I am no real threat to you.
When you come for me, please make sure my wife and kids are not at home - they've done nothing and don't deserve to be hurt, nor to witness what you'll do to me.Further, don't hurt the dog - he's not only harmless, but perhaps the purest spirit I've ever been blessed to know.Lastly, I actually welcome whatever you do to me, but be advised: There really are those who have sworn "One Hundred Heads" in exchange for mine - and these are men who are more than capable of delivering on that vow.You still have time to stop all of this before the bloodshed starts. I continue to pray fervently and without ceasing that you'll do so before it's too late.God help us - and GOD SAVE OUR REPUBLIC!Sincerely,DD