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What does Patriotism Look Like in the 21st Century

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So today, I had a Twitter argument with a couple of people who had this misconception that I was this psychotic, crazy lunatic who was ready to storm the Capitol with a gun because of what I considered breaches to my freedom. When I mentioned that I was a “patriot”, she and I had an exchange over what it meant to be a patriot.

In my view, a patriot is someone who is willing to do what it takes to preserve and defend his/her country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  This person is willing to kill or die to keep their country together.

However, she and another took a different view.  She thought me crazy, that somehow, I was all for just killing people without giving peace a chance.  She simply could not, in her view, condone cold-blooded murder for the sake of an ideology. When I told her that I was willing to do what it took to preserve liberty and freedom, she seemed mortified at the prospect that would include taking someone’s life.

I was told, “well can’t we just vote for those who we believe will do the best job?”. My reply, “The bullet and the ballot go together.”

Today, the Iraqis lost control of Fallujah back to Al Qaeda and ISIL. There was no one there who was interested in defending it from the oppression of these people who, ten years ago, were driven out by the US during the Iraq invasion.  My debate opponent made the point that no one deserved to live under the oppression of Al Qaeda.

I took a different view. The way I see it, there are three ways that this situation will go:

  1. The Iraqis can fight for their own freedom. This is the way it should be. If people want freedom and liberty, they have to fight for it. They have to be willing to do whatever it takes to throw off the shackles of the oppression that Al Qaeda represents and live in freedom.
  2. They can surrender their own freedom and live under the rule of Al Qaeda. They may not like it, but if they don’t want it, but are not willing to fight for it, then they deserve to live under the black flag of Islamo-fascism.  In other words, if they are alright living under Al Qaeda control, then they have no right to complain or protest – they have chosen subjugation and deserve to be conquered.
  3. They can admit they are powerless and call on the outside world for help. Thing is, usually it ends up that America answers that call. The US military gets called in to handle the situation and by the blood of our men and women, a country gets its freedom – temporarily. But Al Qaeda has already gone all in on the notion that once we left, they would be coming back. And there they are.But after the outside force leaves, it’s up to the people to decide what to do with the freedom they have been given. Today, however, the people of Fallujah have chosen subjugation, because they certainly are not willing to take up arms against ISIL.

Going back in the Revolution, our forebears raised up arms because of 27 violations of life, liberty and the property by King George. Most of these things weren’t the atrocities that we see today with oppressive regimes like North Korea, China, or the Middle East, although the Declaration does make note of plundering of seas, ravaging of coasts, burning of towns, and destruction of the lives of the people.  Today, groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL are willing to kill anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their interpretation of Islam.  They ruthlessly rape and kill women, strap explosives onto children, and tell them this is “waging jihad in the will of Allah”.  They are oppressors of a different stripe.

Either way, be it the British, Al Qaeda, or those in government today that are slowly bleeding our liberties away through “regulation”, or “entitlement programs”. They are slowly attempting to disarm the citizens, either through so-called “gun control” or divesting their right to worship as they feel led.  These liberals in Washington are promoting homosexuality and secular humanism and bringing punishment against anyone who speaks against it as a “hate crime”.

If our Founders were alive today, they would be shooting now.

Right now, I don’t feel it is not the right time to raise up arms against those in Washington who continuously mandate that we surrender our liberty for someone else’s entitlement – not yet. There are still things that we can do peaceably to promote freedom and liberty. I think we can still influence the citizenry through grassroots movements and political activism. I believe we still have a lot of opportunities left in that regard.

Now with the subject of ObamaCare, I’m not going to participate. I’m not buying a plan, not going to pay the IRS’ tax, and not going to care who comes to my door. I’ve decided to opt out and put my trust in God, rather than government, to care for my and my family’s health.  Whatever the law says, I don’t care. I’m not playing.

But the way of peace may not always be the way. There may be a day when we’ve exhausted our last peaceful means and it will take a more forceful means to preserve liberty. Thomas Jefferson understood it like this:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

I know this does not sit well with the people who believe in peace, love, and chicken grease (or veggie oil), but the people back in the 18th century knew that if they were going to keep their freedoms and liberties, they would have to strike back at the people who were keeping it from them.

Being a American Patriot is much more than raising a flag in the front yard and voting in November. It’s even more than working on someone’s campaign or donating money. It’s all about being willing to do whatever it takes to preserve American liberty and freedom. We all hope that we never have to pick up a weapon and harm another person. We all hope that we never have to see combat in our homes and fields. But the Patriot also knows and understands that it might happen that way. They don’t run and hide from that possibility, they “keep their powder dry”.

On one visit to Philadelphia, I stopped by the Free Quaker House, the old meeting hall of those Quakers, normally pacifistic in belief, who believed that the cause of liberty was too important to ignore.  Inside, there was a man, dressed in Quaker garb, who asked me:

Are you a Patriot?

Now, I know it was part of the tour, but that question struck a chord with me. As he was filling out a small card, noting me as a Patriot, his question resonated in my heart.  These Free Quakers were deeply concerned  about a conflict of conscience – taking up arms, but defending liberty and freedom.  And it made me ask myself, “would I be willing to give up life, liberty, and property to fight to protect these things for someone else?  Would I be willing to stand up for liberty and put my life in harm’s way?”

We don’t think about this in the same way today.  I think we take our liberty for granted, after over 200 years of freedom, we don’t really know what it took to secure that liberty. We just go about our lives without a second thought.  Perhaps that’s what the Founders hoped to see – a world where liberty was the way of things.  But I’m quite certain that the Founders never intended us to forget that liberty had a very high cost – blood.

We need to praise and thank God for our liberty and freedom; we must not take it for granted because there are plenty of people out there who would, if they could, take it from us and force us to live under their subjection.  This also means we have to stand ready against those who threaten that liberty – either though the ballot box, through discourse, or through the use of cold steel.

So, I ask you, reader. Are you a Patriot? Do you care about our Republic deeply enough that you would be willing to load a musket, fix a bayonet, and fight against those who would deprive you of it?

 

For my Patriot friends.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

January 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Government Shutdown and the Blessings of Liberty

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If you want to surrender your liberty for entitlement, be my guest. But don’t expect my compliance when you demand that I surrender my liberty for your entitlement.

Well, we’re three days now into the latest government shutdown and we’re seeing and hearing a lot about what’s going on.

It’s pretty sad when ObamAd, Inc. is wanting people who have sob stories of the shutdown to weigh in – so they can put a face on all the ‘victims’ of ‘republican obstructionism’. Of course, republicans weren’t the ones who said, “no compromise” – that was the President.

Republicans have offered different compromise ideas, however the Democrats keep swatting them down. Either they get their precious socialist healthcare money or they won’t play. So they own this shutdown, just like Dennis Kucinich tried to get Democrats to do back in 2007 to end the Iraq war.

The thing is, this government shutdown has shown me a few things that are very relevant to the equation:

1) The Founders designed the government so that it would be very difficult to change the laws and affect real change. They were very much advocates of a 2/3’s rule – get at least 2/3’s of the people to agree with you in order to move things forward. This would prevent rule changes as majority crossed back and forth over the 50% mark. In other words, not make government capricious.

2) It’s amazing the daunting amount of tendrils that are revealed when they suddenly aren’t there. The government spigot feeds so many people that it’s almost beyond imagination to see how pervasive it is. This is the reason why we on the right believe in limited government – because in the absence of government, the people aren’t left high and dry.

3) Governments work when the people compromise. I don’t like the Affordable Care Act any more than the next red blooded conservative, but the Founders believed

4) Liberty and freedom have their costs, both extrinsic and intrinsic. Intrinsically, liberty’s cost is that of security. The more free you are, the more it’s difficult to preserve security. This is why the TSA is so intrusive into everything at the airport – your luggage, your personal effects, your clothing. But they do it because of “security reasons”.

But security also comes through entitlement – a person can be financially secure if they are getting entitlements. Now it should be up to each person if they want to sacrifice their liberty for entitlements and security. Where we on the right get angry is when we’re required to surrender without choice our liberty for the security and entitlement of others. And when we raise the point, we’re labeled as “selfish”.

Liberty is a precious gift from the millions of servicemen and women who have bled and died for our freedom, freedom for us to do as we will, not just so we would have a little more entitlement.

Do I feel bad for those who are furloughed as a result of the shutdown? Well, I guess, but then, being in the private sector myself and basically subject to being laid off at any time, well, I guess it comes with the territory. But then, I also believe it’s time we do some real soul searching as to just how much we really need the government’s continual intrusion in our lives.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

October 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Stupid Chi-Coms Demand American Disarmament – Liberals Agree

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ImageI am really glad I live in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, unlike the Chinese who are part of the Land of the Oppressed.  And even though the Second Amendment is very much still a part of American law, it’s surprising that we even acknowledge how the Chinese want us to disarm. But more so, how our own liberal counterparts don’t care about what the Constitution says.  So here, I post the Second Amendment in its entirety.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

So-called Liberals don’t believe in liberty because they are, this week, on the warpath about getting rid of people’s rights to own weapons.

But does it not surprise us that the greatest number of the shootings in the last couple of decades involving the deaths of more than three people occur in so-called gun-free zones?  The movie theater in Aurora, CO, Sandy Creek elementary school last week,  Columbine in Colorado…see what I mean?  They go to where they won’t get shot at.  In other words, do we know of any mass shootings going on in police stations?

We had one on a military base, but all of the soldiers’ weapons were in the arms room.

Heck…I’ve posted a long list of incidents at the end of this post.

ImageThing is, gun control laws don’t solve the problem.  In most every situation, the person doing the shooting was crazed and was carrying a gun where they weren’t allowed anyway.  The problem is not the laws, but the people doing the killing.  No gun control law can prevent a person from snapping and going on a killing spree.

These crazies attack and kill because of the real problem – lack of morality, standards, and this belief that the world owes them something.  When someone starts slaughtering people, it’s not because he had access to firearms – the problem began long before the dude picked up a gun.

So, liberals, leave my guns alone.  Just because you can’t read the Constitution doesn’t mean I won’t exercise my Second Amendment rights to protect myself from your tyranny.

It’s all about Freedom.  Live Free or Die.

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We at The Rabid Conservative remember…

April 1999 – two teenage schoolboys shot and killed 12 schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.

July 1999 – a stock exchange trader in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 12 people including his wife and two children before taking his own life.

September 1999 – a gunman opened fire at a prayer service in Fort Worth, Texas, killing six people before committing suicide.

October 2002 – a series of sniper-style shootings occurred in Washington DC, leaving 10 dead.

August 2003 – in Chicago, a laid-off worker shot and killed six of his former workmates.

November 2004 – in Birchwood, Wisconsin, a hunter killed six other hunters and wounded two others after an argument with them.

March 2005 – a man opened fire at a church service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven people.

October 2006 – a truck driver killed five schoolgirls and seriously wounded six others in a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before taking his own life.

April 2007 – student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before shooting himself, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States after 2000.

August 2007 – Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed in “execution style” by a 28-year-old and two 15-year-old boys. A fourth student was shot and stabbed.

December 2007 – a 20-year-old man killed nine people and injured five others in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska.

December 2007 – a woman and her boyfriend shot dead six members of her family on Christmas Eve in Carnation, Washington.

February 2008 – a shooter who is still at large tied up and shot six women at a suburban clothing store in Chicago, leaving five of them dead and the remaining one injured.

February 2008 – a man opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five students and wounding 16 others before laying down his weapon and surrendering.

September 2008 – a mentally ill man who was released from jail one month earlier shot eight people in Alger, Washington, leaving six of them dead and the rest two wounded.

December 2008 – a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opened fire at a family Christmas party in Covina, California, then set fire on the house and killed himself. Police later found nine people dead in the debris of the house.

March 2009 – a 28-year-old laid-off worker opened fire while driving a car through several towns in Alabama, killing 10 people.

March 2009 – a heavily armed gunman shot dead eight people, many of them elderly and sick people, in a private-owned nursing home in North Carolina.

March 2009 – six people were shot dead in a high-grade apartment building in Santa Clara, California.

April 2009 – a man shot dead 13 people at a civic center in Binghamton, New York.

July 2009 – Six people, including one student, were shot in a drive-by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University, Houston.

November 2009 – U.S. army psychologist Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas, leaving 13 dead and 42 others wounded.

February 2010 – A professor opened fire 50 minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, killing three colleagues and wounding three others.

January 2011 – a gunman opened fire at a public gathering outside a grocery in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people including a 9-year-old girl and wounding at least 12 others. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured with a gunshot to the head.

April 2 – A gunman kills seven people and wounds three in a shooting rampage at a Christian college in Oakland.

July 20 – A masked gunman kills 12 people and wounds 58 when he opens fire on moviegoers at a showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

Aug. 5 – A gunman kills six people during Sunday services at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, before he is shot dead by a police officer.

Aug. 24 – Two people are killed and eight wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City at the height of the tourist season.

Sept. 27 – A disgruntled former employee kills five people and takes his own life in a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company from which he had been fired.

Oct. 21 – Three people are killed in a Milwaukee area spa including the estranged wife of the suspected gunman, who then killed himself.

Dec. 14 – A shooter opens fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing several people including children

Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

In Short – A Primer on the Basic Rights of Man

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Within the Declaration of Independence, one of our most hallowed and sacred of documents covering the governance of our land, there are three inalienable rights of man, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I believe that every American and every human has these three basic rights. However, as we learned, these rights can override one another, as we learned from Oliver Wendell Holmes.  So, as I think over this list, I see that it is an ordered list, and correctly prioritized.

In other words, the right to life reigns over the right to liberty; the right to liberty trumps the right to the pursuit of happiness.  So, it is improper, then, for one’s pursuit of happiness to infringe on another man’s liberty, and a man’s liberty should never override another person’s right to life.

I think about the abortion issue and the fact that I believe the unborn child, from conception to birth, is a human life and is deserving of equal protection. I do not believe that a woman’s pursuit of happiness should ever override that baby’s right to life.

Now, if one chooses to give up their right to life so that another might have the right to life, or even more, the right to liberty, this is an act of bravery and courage. The Bible even says, “scarcely for a good man would one dare to die”.  My brethren and sisters-in-arms offer up their lives so that I may have the right to liberty – and for that, I offer my humblest gratitude, as we all should, for they are the true heroes of our country, not Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid.

Giving up one’s liberty for someone else’s happiness, however, is an act of stupidity, and giving up one’s right to life for another’s happiness is an atrocity.

So we see there is a priority to these rights and I believe George Mason, who penned these words into the Virgina Declaration of Rights might agree with my premise*. But even if he would not, I do believe that there are priorites to rights, based on the precedents set in the Scriptures.

Lastly, these truths are self-evident, that is, they need no explanation. And just like the charges listed in the Declaration, one has to suspend rational and logical thought to not see it this way.

*An interesting sidenote is that Mason was in-fact a slave-owner. Even more interestingly, he was, at heart, an anti-slavery advovate. He said, “It is far from being a desirable property. But it will involve us in great difficulties and infelicity to be now deprived of them.” So he might not have truly agreed with my premise, given his right to property and pursuit of happiness would not be overridden by their right to liberty, but I digress.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

January 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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