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As To: Americans and Their Abominable Gun Rights.

Pogo Meets The Enemy

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.[1] 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.

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In Middle Eastern history the current combatants are real slackers.

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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.
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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.

Winning the Hearts and Minds…or…When Will Politicians Start Reading History??

“…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

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Gloom & Doom

O’er those gloomy hills of darkness

I suppose it is just as well that sunset for the “Greatest Generation” is rapidly approaching. The America which they inherited is gone…long and irretrievably gone and, further, will never ever return in our lifetime.

Who killed it? They did, we did, and all the cute little X-gen’s since. Why? Well, greed, of course. We proudly proudly proclaim that America has a huge heart, but that’s just not the case. It is rather a case of rich, poor and all those between greedily seeking more of everything – for nothing. There is indeed a cost for everything and the cost is high.

The two national political parties have eviscerated America. They have been faithfully returned to Washington for decades by voters bought an paid by the National largess until those on the dole now out-number those working to support them. All the political parties across the spectrum who claim to have a “cure” are lying, uninformed or guilty of false hope…all are reaching for power to hold that which they have stolen.

Is the system repairable? No. The America bought in a terrible cost of blood was completely destroyed in the 20th century. Freedom, liberty, privacy, economic security, you name it, all those beloved amenities of the American dream are gone. Before the end of this, the 2nd decade of the new millennium, we shall witness the coup de grâce, that final bullet to the base of the American brain.

What will happen? The final collapse of the economy which has so faithfully supported all the foolish idiocy. It has been horribly abused for long and the spark of capitalism has just kept chugging along. In the end though all life must perish. With that monetary/economic collapse the Federal Government will cease to function. Most state governments will cease to function in any manner in which they have been accustomed. On the other hand, local governments will flourish for a bit.

What will follow? Chaos, in politics and economics certainly will; but I do not foresee the end-of-world type holocaust predicted by politicians. Big cities will bear the brunt and most city-dwellers will indeed suffer. And well they should as they have been the major backers of the America killers. Those in rural areas have retained the ability to provide for themselves and will fare vastly better.

Both East and West coasts will not recover for a half-century. The agriculturally based states in the great plains will thrive if they prevent an influx of starving big-city folks. Texas is a powerhouse which will be little effected if they manage to cut themselves away from the rest of the collapsing country. There are rumors that indicate the Texans may be positioning themselves for this very event. The Southeastern US could survive a collapse if they have a resolve to do so.

Whatever the long-term future holds for the former American people will depend heavily upon lessons learned. Part of the world will grieve for our past support; some countries will rush to fill the void left behind our leadership; others will simply give a sigh of relief. In fact, many Americans will feel relieved to finally put down the tremendous burden we have carried to long.

Let thy glorious morning dawn.

Death is Easy and Life is Cheap in Asia

Life has always been cheap in Asia. All breeds of men go there to die every kind of horrible death, and they have done this for centuries on end. I remember thinking that we had so little to win in Vietnam. A little country for which we had absolutely no use. Any way you look at it the pissy little place was a money hole and an abyss of death for soldiers.

Our country knew it was a fruitless waste. Because they knew this underlying truth they could not help but be embarrassed. We in our pride marched into darkness whilst they at home turned to other matters. Having consigned us to our fate no more attention was needed. As we died so very far away, our government made every effort to maintain the appearance of normality. Box and bury the dead; we knew they would die when we sent them there…we are now busy with the truly important business of this world.

Representation vs Leadership

Why do we refer to our elected representatives as “leaders”?? At all levels of government we are selecting people to represent our interests. We do not need people to go off finding causes to “lead” us into. From the President of the United States to local city council members they are all sworn to obey the will of the people and uphold the laws of the land.

I believe, rather, that these representatives sell themselves as leaders. Many voters (& most non-voters) simply want to take that bit of burden off their backs…”One less thing”, as Forrest Gump referred to it. It is a slight of hand in which politicians (or aspiring ones) are telling us that it is much easier to listen to what we say, not what we actually did.

Rating individual candidates is a time consuming task. Reviewing voting records, evaluating stated positions of the past and deciding how reliably a candidate has adhered to those beliefs are all tedious tasks. Simply listening to political rhetoric is much, much easier.

Being a leader elevates a mere representative to one who identifies problems and solves those believed to rate their exalted attention…in any manner they desire. After all, few remember how well they did their job in a distant election…politicians can just tell us what we want to hear.

9/11 ~ My Secret Shame

TET Vietnam War Destruction

On September 11, 2001 I was at work. Hearing excited voices I went to the kitchen where the TV showing the scene of the Twin Towers smoking and soon to fall. The emotions of my fellow workers was astonishment and horror. As the second airliner plowed into the buildings I cannot remember feeling anything out of the ordinary.

My own mind was going back to my arrival in Vietnam in 2/1968. The TET offensive by the Viet Cong (many NVA also) had swept South Vietnam and the huge resulting fight to trap and kill them left most of the cities and towns severely damaged and burning.

The shot-up, bombed-out buildings; the furious fighting and continuous rolling sound of battle; and, mostly to me, the piles of dead VC stacked along the roads made a huge impression on my new-to-war mind. I hope to never see that situation again.

But with my mind comparing that old memory with what was occurring on the television, I could not help but think two large buildings was not that big a deal. I was so ashamed of that thought I never mentioned it. Yet, it never left me.

I hate that all those people died. I have compassion for all their families. I suppose that it was the Civil War when wide spread devastation due to warfare last visited our country. All the many wars since we have sent off our boys to fight…many returned and a few did not rejoin their families. We grieved and moved-on as a people. But our country was largely untouched.

My horrible thought at the time was that the world has suffered and it must visit our shores eventually. These two buildings in a city of thousands of buildings and millions of people in a huge prosperous land just did not seem that much. I am ashamed of that thought but I will not apologize for it.

My hope was that the country would improve it’s vast resources it already possessed in preventing such disasters in the future. But, true to bureaucratic concepts, it’s only response was to add huge new layers of uncontrollable agencies, spent inconceivable new sums of money, tell innumerable lies to the people, seek and receive erosions to our liberties, freedom and privacy, and eventually accomplish nothing.

The US Army is viewed as one of the most controlling environments in which an individual might find themselves. Yet here is the underlying truth. At some time in your war time experience, most troops find the entire war reduced to your own personal battle against your own private (at that moment in time) enemy.

This moment is likely the most dangerous moment of your life. At the same time it is a shining moment of freedom. For you and you alone determine your fate. Kill or be killed. The Army prepares each of it’s soldiers for this moment knowing, like a parent, that it must trust to the training and experience given to carry that soldier through the experience.

Knowing and understanding that freedom I was astonished when my government moved in a completely polar opposite direction. Instead of trusting, encouraging and bolstering that individual freedom, they placed their trust in the bureaucracy and deserted the individual. I was even more staggered that the American people approved and embraced that approach. I have always considered yielding freedom for security to be completely Un-American and a sign of ultimate cowardice.

In line with that last thought I have wondered many times if Osama Bin Laden truly understood the huge loss he inflicted upon us. Loss of life and property in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania was horrible. The loss of freedom is tantamount to the loss of our country and way of life. And, that makes me very very sad.

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