"The gods of the valley are not the gods of the hills, and you shall understand it"...Ethan Allen
"We in this room are all men who believe that actions speak louder then words. If I can impart anything from my life as a soldier it is this: There are only two types of warrior in this world. Those that serve tyrants and those that serve free men. I have chosen to serve free men, and if we as warriors serve free men, we must love freedom more than we love our own lives. It is a simple philosophy but one that has served me well in life."
--SFC Stefan Mazak, KIA 18 April 1968, Long Khanh Province, RSV
19 November 2011
from Sipsey Street Irregulars
Between the rattlesnake's tail and its fangs. The crisis of legitimacy, the dearth of citizenship, the spectre of civil war and moral responsibility.
"The answer is to found in the link between the rattlesnake's tail and its fangs. Ben Franklin was right. The rattlesnake is, within its world, the most moral of creatures. It never strikes without provocation or, importantly, without warning.
Without the tail, the fangs are mere instruments of unexpected violence and aggression. Without the fangs, the tail would be an impotent joke, eminently ignorable by the snake's enemies.
For collectivists more than anyone understand the efficacy and application of force. Louis XIV of France had "Ultima Ratio Regum" ("last argument of kings") cast upon his cannon. Stalin, when informed that the Pope didn't approve of the Soviet occupation of Trieste, cynically observed, "The Pope? The Pope? How many divisions does HE have?"
And while we are not reptiles but human beings, the same relationship between rattle and fangs applies to us. For our struggle is first and foremost one of moral responsibility, lest we become the evil we say we fight. As we would not permit any more free Wacos or Katrinas, we cannot allow ourselves the bloody, self-discrediting folly of a Fort Sumter or an Oklahoma City bombing. Morally, our tail must be loud and insistent, even as our fangs must be hidden but sharp. History shows that only with both can there be a moral yet credible deterrent to tyranny.
As to the rattle, we must fight the political fight, including, perhaps especially, the Gunwalker scandal, even if we believe that such things are failing rear guard actions doomed to ultimate failure. Such efforts highlight the failure of political legitimacy of the current regime by holding in sharp contrast their corrupt and deadly actions against the backdrop of the law and the constitution that they swore to uphold.
As to the fangs, such campaigns also buy time for the rest of us to prepare for the ghastly conflict that awaits the time if and when "the center does not hold." We must, then, be hopeful but realistic, patient but principled, always willing to argue our case until the last moment but yet prepared to resort to arms when we are compelled to use countervailing force against those who would, out of their so-called "good intentions," punish us for our peaceful resistance with state violence.
Those of us on the rattle end of this business can only hope that those responsible for the fangs -- the armed citizenry -- are doing their part to take advantage of the time bought thereby. In any case, it must be done, if we are to stand later before history and our own Maker and say that we were true to His commands and to Locke's thesis of the proper relationship between the free citizen and his government.
"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence." -John Locke
The "Last argument of Kings" has been tried before in this country and defeated by free armed citizens determined to maintain their liberties but who waited, impatiently perhaps, until the fight was brought to them. And then they finished it.
The question is, can we do it again?"
This is the reason for Non Sibi Sed Patriae. Not to call for the waging of war on anyone, but to help those people who take their citizenship seriously enough to step up and learn a facet of protecting their birthright form those who would make them slaves.
The key phrase here is...
"Ben Franklin was right. The rattlesnake is, within its world, the most moral of creatures. It never strikes without provocation or, importantly, without warning.
Without the tail, the fangs are mere instruments of unexpected violence and aggression. Without the fangs, the tail would be an impotent joke, eminently ignorable by the snake's enemies."
Said here in brevity;
Credible deterrence is a tactic. The bedrock of our military, and of our Citizenship.
The bully boys will start the fight. There is nothing more American than having the skill sets to finish it.
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."--Thomas Jefferson
Western Rifle Shooters adds the frosting on the frightful cake;
Vanderboegh: More On The Crisis Of Legitimacy, Civil War, And Resistance
"But for every Vermont-carry bill passed in the statehouses, there have been major strides forward for Team Tyranny, be they to expand domestic law enforcement capacity, to increase Americans’ clamoring dependence on the FedGov’s teat, or to tie America’s fate inextricably to the corrupt European elites from whom the Founders escaped temporarily in 1781.
Worse still than OpFor’s sustained momentum is the terribly disproportionate force ratios mustering for the coming storm.
Several hundred thousand personnel (including many recently-trained-and-blooded young military veterans), with unlimited beans, unlimited bullets, First World evac/trauma/rehabilitation care, surveillance and kinetic toys all across the X, Y, and Z axes, the stupefied support of at least half of the American population, and the financial resources of the entire Western elite – shot through with malignancy as that may be.
A few thousand old men (many of whom unable to quick-march for five miles with a light pack and rifle) carrying semiautomatic light weapons and sidearms, with barely enough beans/bullets/bandaids to sustain a fire team or two for a week or two, very little technology of any kind, no external foreign support, no financial resources, and zero air/space assets.
Worst of all?
No coherent plan whatsoever to engage, defeat, and destroy the statists, their minions, and their beneficiaries."
Concerned American paints less than a rosy picture. But WIN is built on correct assessments, and the ability to work your solutions within them.
Credible deterrence is built one human at a time. What have you done to build that credibility lately?? In yourself? In others?
Paramus Viam (We Prepare the Way)
Posted by Toaster 802 at 11:20