In the milieu of anti-liberty and misplaced blame which has enveloped & divided the nation since the Sandy Hook shooting, I have engaged many. I have engaged ideological friend & foe alike.
I attacked the arguments of both with vigor. With those who lean my way, I attempt to refine their points to usable soundbites and familiar, but developed memes, which they can easily remember & share with liberals.
With liberals, you have seen what I do. I enjoy the engagement. It gets tiresome, but it keeps me on my toes. If ever there were a time, in the course & history of this nation, to stand (and fight)for the individual right to keep and bear arms – that time is upon us.
Behind us are the days of civilized national dialogue about the merits of one side or the other. The opposition is no longer the well-intentioned, Democrat voting segment of the populace, your parents & grandparents belonged to.
What we are witnessing at this stage of America’s development is the maturation of American liberty. Liberty in this case, can be viewed as a young man transitioning from it’s teenage years into adulthood. The young man, Liberty, has spent a number of years ‘sorting his oats’ as it were.
He left the secure, loving, Norman Rockwell painting of his parent’s home and eschewed all things traditional in his quest to find just who he is and secure his place in the world. He has made many friends. He is educated, but still lacks wisdom. Intelligent, but woefully untempered by any recent fire of adversity.
He has now reached the point in his life where he must choose to cleave unto a wife and settle back into the manner of his rearing, or remain in a sad, perpetual stasis – trapped somewhere between boy and man. Both options have an appeal.
One affords him a life of promised ease, and absence of responsibility. The other promises hard-work, responsibility, delayed-gratification, and an opportunity to become more than he ever dreamed – so long as he is willing to put in the work.
We are the friends of our young man, Liberty. We grew up in the same small, traditional town he did. Those who promise him the life of ease in a world free of hardship, violence, or suffering, see themselves as his friends, too. Though misguided, they may be, they see their way as virtuous.
Couple that life of ease with the promise of a bedazzled unicorn sanctuary, free of human nature, where ample food & drink flow freely from the well of other men’s labor and we face a strong challenge in convincing our young man Liberty to come back to the traditional way of living.
Fortunately for us, we have many friends. Our friends are strong and reliable. They are honest. They love Liberty as much as we do, which actually brings me to the point of this article: Liberty’s future.
The future of this nation may well be bloody. I don’t relish the thought in any way, but I do not fail to recognize a threat, when I see it. We are currently poised upon a very dangerous precipice. Our future is entirely reliant upon which way our so-called leadership decides to push.
If they decide to stand-fast, the danger can be averted. I beg that God Almighty’s will for America is continued growth and prosperity, with a return to the principals which made her great. I fear that this may not be the case.
Our nation is currently divided into a few groups. This list will not be all-encompassing, but will show how I view our current situation:
1) Those who believe that liberty is the province of government. These people believe that all manner of wealth & security flow from the government and that government should be used to as a bludgeon and a scalpel to mold man into the image they desire that he would be.
2) Those who believe that liberty is the province of each man unto himself. These people want a very limited intrusion of government into their lives.
3) The majority. The majority have never bothered to even think about liberty. Most of these people live only to satiate their base instincts. They want to eat, drink, mate, and exist. They don’t care how or why this happens – or what is required to make it happen. They’re just here for the ride.
Now, among group 1 are two sub-groups.
The first sub-group is comprised of honest, well-intentioned (though not very intellectually curious), caring human beings who just think that some folks need to be pushed into living as they see fit. We’ve all met them. They say things like: “They should make it harder to do this or that (unwanted behavior).”
The second sub-group thinks that the government should force you into compliance until you fit the mold they have firmly established as their ideal human being. They believe the process to be irretrievably broken. These believe that any who cannot be re-educated or forced into their way of thinking, should be put down. They believe themselves and their kind, to be above the law and that they as the enlightened should be the arbiters of what is right and wrong. They know what they believe, but haven’t fully examined how things got the way they are, or what the result will be if the existing process were to be short-circuited to achieve their desired outcome. We’ve all seen them. They say things like: “These people should be rounded up.” and “All gun owners should be shot.” and the less-inflammatory “They should just issue executive orders to make it happen.” They are extremely dangerous.
Only one of these two sub-groups has members who may have firearms.
Among Group 2 exist two (or more) sub-groups:
The first sub-group is comprised of people who believe that liberty is the province every man. These believe that liberty must be jealously guarded, and defended at all costs. These same believe that the rule of law should be completely exhausted before violence is even entertained as a last resort. We all know them. They write and speak as much. They say things like: “You have to vote when it’s time to vote.” and “You should become involved the process, if you want to have an effect on it’s outcome.” These people arm themselves because they understand that each man is responsible first, for his own security. They are not, under normal circumstances, a threat to anyone but those who would do harm.
The second sub-group believes in much the same way as the first. Where they differ largely, is their belief that the process is irretrievably broken. This sub-group is marked by the same upper-level views as the first group, without having really spent the requisite time required to gain a full accounting and deeper understanding of the issues for which they are so willing and eager to fight. They know what they ‘believe’ but haven’t fully examined how things got to where they are, or what the result will be should the existing process be short-circuited, and violent confrontation actually occur. We all know them. They say things like: “I agree but the only thing the powers that be understand is force.” They are generally, very-well armed and incredibly dangerous.
Those in Group 3 are comprised of the majority of Americans who just want to go-along to get-along. They want to watch their sports or engage in the pass time, without too much interference from anyone. They don’t concern themselves with much of anything outside of the activities which satiate those base instincts or common human needs for love, acceptance, etc. These people may or may not be armed. Where they lie on the danger scale, is wholly dependent upon the threat which they perceive to be imminent to their ability to satiate their desires and needs. We all know them. They say things like: “I don’t pay attention to politics.” and “Did you see what they did on Honey Boo Boo last night?” or “Why can’t we all just get along?” and (the more dangerous to liberty) “Why can’t we just have some common sense regulation of ______?”
As the debate about 2nd Amendment has unfurled, since the Sandy Hook shooting, many have taken sides. Informed or not, thoughtful or otherwise, the lines are being drawn. When the American people see an immediate threat to their liberty and the 2nd Amendment, they react.
This is evinced by the record number of arms sales, possibly totaling in the tens-of-millions. The FBI background check system has been crashed multiple times since the debate began. Suppliers, the nation over, are backlogged with orders. Americans have purchased BILLIONS of rounds of ammunition. The heated rhetoric of the debate has created a panic of selling and buying unlike anything ever witnessed.
America remains a strong gun culture. When we feel threatened, we arm ourselves. We prepare to defend that which we hold dear. Many of us don’t fully understand the importance of having arms for self-defense, but we arm ourselves, nonetheless.
I pity the nation which elects a tyrant, who in his arrogance, would consider disarming that nation’s citizens. I fear for the nation whose leaders would attempt to disarm a citizenry with 300,000,000+/- privately-owned firearms. A nation whose military is comprised of volunteers who come (largely) from the culture which encourages and celebrates the free exercise of their RIGHT to self-defense.
Our nation, born of blood and struggle, and long-deemed secure, faces an existential threat. This threat is very-real. It could change the very nature of America and her place in human history. We have seen the enemy, that treacherous, creeping menace who actively seeks to undo our very existence. That enemy is us.
If cooler heads are not allowed to prevail, or our tyrant-in-waiting not able to contain his arrogance, there will be blood in America.
I beg the Almighty that it not be allowed to happen, but if it must come… if this fight must be had – let it come on my watch. Let it be had by men and women who know what is at stake. Men & women who know what it is, to live free.
I fully understand the implications of what I just wrote. It is not with a light heart that I write these words. Our society is greatly divided. Most don’t understand the issues which have set us upon this precipice. They don’t understand, because they don’t want to. They have actively chosen to not understand. That is what makes the situation so tenuous.
Our crisis of leadership in this nation is but a mirror-reflection of the individual crisis we find within ourselves. Our imperial media fans the flames of the inveterate division within our culture. We here at The Real Revo do it, too. I take no shame in my part. I am fighting for the liberty to which I have sworn my life. The imperial media is fighting for control and to a lesser degree, profit. Those on the other end of the political spectrum are fighting for control over us.
They know that an armed populace cannot be subdued and forced to live as they demand. They are terrified at the thought of those who have more intelligence, more grit, and more faith than them. They cannot force us to do anything we do not agree to do. They will try to take our means of resisting. We must not let them.
I pray that they try as they have previously and that their measures are defeated. Should they attempt to confiscate our means of self-defense, or destroy our Bill of Rights, they will not be pleased with the outcome. Neither will I. I will do what I must to protect my liberty and affect the safety, defense, health, and liberty of my family and free men & women everywhere.
While I am encouraged by the response to the threat against our rights, I tremble at the thought of ill-conceived, ill-timed, or dim-witted attempts by those on either end of the spectrum to force a desired outcome.