Just to be abundantly clear, our Second Amendment to the US Constitution neither had nor has anything to do with hunting, shooting at targets or protecting our homes, family and property.
Our Founding Fathers intentionally and with great deliberation reserved that, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Thomas Jefferson expounded upon this topic: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them.” “…It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
Jefferson, Thomas. “Revolution and Reformation.” Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government. Compiled and edited by Eyler Robert Coates, Sr
In a bit of Frankensteinish comparison; we the American people recognized the need for a governmental body and created it. However, in recognition that this bastard child might well grow into a monster, we reserved the means to control it lest it turn upon and eat the master.
This then is the reason…we are not held by nor behold to the government; it is our property and we have duty and an ultimate responsibility to control it.
As Pogo observed: “Yep son, we have met the enemy and he is us.”
I do apologize for my addiction to quoting Pogo. I believe that, intellectually, he is one of the truly Great Americans.
In 1220 BC Genghis Khan led his Golden Horde of nomadic Mongols into central Asia. After attacking the armies of the Shah and sieging smaller cities, the Mongols aid siege to the capital city of Samarkand.
In a relatively short period of days the capital fell in March 1220. There followed the typical Mongol practice of sacking the city, sending artisans back to home, dividing the women & children amongst the Khan’s soldiers and butchering all who remained. The people of Samarkand (those remaining alive) were ordered to evacuate and assemble in a plain outside the city, where they were killed and pyramids of severed heads raised as the symbol of Mongol victory.
Later in 1220, the city of Urgency fell to the Mongols. As usual, the artisans were sent back to Mongolia, young women and children were given to the Mongol soldiers as slaves, and the rest of the population was massacred. The Persian scholar Juvayni states that 50,000 Mongol soldiers were given the task of executing twenty-four Urgench citizens each, which would mean that 1.2 million people were killed. While this is almost certainly an exaggeration, the sacking of Urgench is considered one of the bloodiest massacres in human history.
Nishapur and Herat fell in 1221 to armies led by the Khan’s son Tolui. At Nishapur a son-in-law of Genghis Khan was killed. The entire population was slaughtered down to the dogs and cats.
The Mongolians knew how to prevent local uprising in conquered territory…when they were gone they left only the dead behind. In Middle Eastern history the current combatants are real slackers.
Obviously a very troubled young cow elk. Her eyes and body language indicate an inner turmoil. Probably pregnant with no idea which bull is responsible. Borderline suicidal she needs counseling badly. I certainly hope she gets the help she needs before this becomes one more tragedy along the rim.
I raised my children as best I could; educated my poor little brain; and offered myself in various capacities.
I remember one young man an ADA made a special trip to my office to ask me to help him. I did of course. It was an amazing trip which I will always recall with warmth. His mom called me to thank me for returning her son to her.
Twice I went to the reception room to greet a new client only to find young woman literally curled into the fetal position on the couch, a ball hat pulled down over their eyes. They were rape victims. How to get them to trust a male counselor? Somehow it happened. They eventually left in happiness, restored pride in their life and left a pile of shame and blame on the rubbish heap. It feels good to remember those things. A worker at our Walmart came up to me one day and, after hugging me, expressed her gratitude for what I’d done for her daughter. I didn’t know her or who she was talking about…just thanked her & left with a hell of a good memory.
So many good people around the world have done their best with what they possessed in places where they were allowed. And, there were also those who truly “floated” up to their destiny in Washington and elsewhere.
I can think of a dozen or so people who could become a great president with a little training & OJT. Why is it our country cannot seem to find people of quality? We keep recycling the same old tired policies, families and failed philosophy. We have amongst us the best, brightest and most morally well-intentioned folks in the world. Our young warriors are the absolute best and are universally feared by our enemies.
We are a courageous and giving people. We have continually expanded the frontiers in all areas. Yet, politically we lack inspiration and the determination to try alternatives. Historically we have politically reacted in times of extreme crisis. That is where we find solace in these latter days of stagnation. For always “Shit Happens”.
End of Rant Per Day.
“…the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there”
Lyndon B. Johnson 4 May 1965
“The United States and its Coalition partners are attempting to win the hearts and minds of the people in Iraq.”
June 2004 Congressional Hearing, Christopher Shays (R-CT)
“Our campaign to prevent people around the world from being radicalized to violence is ultimately a battle for hearts and minds,”
Barak Obama 18 Feb 2015
“The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed.”
General George S. Patton to troops of the United States Third Army in 1944
My wife & I live pretty much in the middle of our 53 acres. I know every foot of this place. I have an old 4 wheel utility vehicle I call “the mule”. I am out all over this place daily in good weather always discovering something new. I know all the neighbors, all their pets, cows & other varmints; I even know several of the wilder animals around here. I certainly know when there are strangers on the place; most are alright, but occassionally one or two need to leave.
We have weapons scattered around the house & I often carry one around. O, we also have 4 large dogs who run everywhere with me. They are big friendly animals that will slobber over about any stranger. I have no idea what they would do if someone threatened me; I believe they would attack and savage the aggressor. We certainly make no secret of this random collection of potential weapons of self-defense.
I think most criminals reach some kind of decision in their mind before they committ a crime. They have to believe they have a reasonable chance of not being either caught, injured or killed before they will attempt a crime. It is the unrational mind that tickles the back of my mind as a real threat. Though truely, I spend very little time in worry.
My old neighbor was a truly philosophical person. When the pastures dried in summer and the grass yellowed and broke-off, I would go seek the advise of William. “Will it ever rain, William??”
Drawing on decades of experience William calmly answered, “Always has…”
Likewise, when the dark dreary days of never ending rain began to drop my spirits into a bottomless pit, I would reach into ol’ William’s reservoir of wisdom. “William”, I would say, “will this rain ever stop?”
He would look kindly at me and, speaking slowly as if to an idiot, answer, “Always has.”
And you know through the long years since, I have found his knowledge to be nearly infallible.