Written by J.D. Longstreet
It has been said: “Freedom stands on five boxes: The Soap Box, The Ballot Box, the Jury Box, the Witness Box, and… the Cartridge Box."
Just as so many of us predicted, gun sales and ammo sales went through the roof in America when Obama was elected (the first time) in 2008. It did not take the use of my crystal ball to foretell this still on-going event. All it took was a wee bit of common sense and paying attention to the world around me.
Back in November of 2008, Americans forsook much of what The Founders of this great country taught us and much of what The Founders, themselves, had interwoven into the fabric of this great republic. Americans elected a president whose political philosophy can only be described as socialist. And then… the American voters bolstered the strength of the already very large socialist element in our Congress with even more socialists who continue to refer to themselves as democrats even though their façade is crystal clear allowing the truth of what, and whom, they are to come shining through (“You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time!”) Now America, for (NEARLY) all intents and purposes, has a socialist government in place.
If you take the time to read up on socialism you find, almost immediately… in every definition, that socialism is defined as the first step a nation takes towards communism.
As of this hour, America stands divided --- right down the middle. Half the country has expressed a desire to go socialist/communist, and the other half has expressed a desire to remain a free, constitutional republic. Even an idiot knows “a nation divided cannot stand.”
As much as I despise saying this, it does appear a fight is brewing. Those Americans who wish to preserve America as a free nation are “gearing up” with the intention of “manning the barricades” to defend liberty in this country. Somehow, and this is really depressing, somehow, the socialists in America cannot get their minds wrapped around the fact that “liberty loving Americans” are prepared to take up arms to defend their country. Indeed, those “liberty loving Americans” are rushing to procure arms and ammunition for what they fear might, at some point, become more than a verbal fight… more than a battle fought with rhetoric.
Those who say there is no way "American freedom fighters" can win against the socialist government now in power should lend an ear to what one of our founding fathers had to say when the exact same objection was offered as a reason colonists should not go against Great Britain.
It was March 23rd, 1775, in Virginia. Virginian Patrick Henry was addressing the Virginia legislature. He explained: " ... the British plainly meant to subjugate America by force. Because every attempt by the Americans at peaceful reconciliation had been rebuffed, the only remaining alternatives for the Americans were to accept slavery or to take up arms. If the Americans did not act soon, the British would soon disarm them, and all hope would be lost." SOURCE: Dave Kopel
Then Henry attempted to strengthen the spines of the doubters among that august body by saying the following: “The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us,” he promised. SOURCE: Dave Kopel
A single event, totally unexpected, could easily be the spark that ignites the next American revolution.
I don't think most of America understands just how close we came, earlier this year, to armed conflict on our shores. The national argument over gun control came very close to providing that spark.
Students of history will recall that it was confiscation of guns and gun powder by the British that provided the spark that ignited the First American Revolutionary War and eventually led to a rag-tag bunch of farmers and tradesmen whipping the world's superpower on the field of battle and wining independence for the American colonies, which would soon become the United States of America.
Yes, even wars can be initiated by people who do not know their history and are, therefore, doomed to repeat it.
Other nations of the world are looking at Americans and they see it, as well. The Chinese Communists, who have been underwriting America’s debt for many years now, are concerned that if America begins to break apart, they, the Chinese, stand an exceedingly good chance of losing all the money they have lent us over the years. They are worried. China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao, has said: "We have made a huge amount of loans to the United States. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I'm a little bit worried, I would like to call on the United States to honor its words, stay a credible nation and ensure the safety of Chinese assets." Wen made those comments at a news conference at the close of China's annual legislative session March 13th, 2009.
Just how serious is it? It is far more serious than the average American knows, at the moment. I don’t expect the MSM will cover this story any more than they absolutely must.
To get a true feel for what is happening in America today you have to go to the regional news outlets, such as regional newspapers, and small town papers and even, as we said above, “off-shore” news organizations. The Mainstream Media, especially the US branch, is not going to report anything that might bring into question the great Socialist Utopia they supported by diving headlong into the tank for Obama. Even as their great journalistic empires crash down around their shoulders, as is happening today, they simply cannot let loose of their leftist agenda and report the news that accurately reflects what is happening in American society today. To learn the truth you have to look elsewhere. I have learned that to acquire timely knowledge about current events in America today a visit to off-shore press publications is an absolute necessity.
There is an excellent article at the “Tulsa World” site. It was posted in 2009 just a few short months after Obama;'s election. It is entitled: “Sales of guns, ammo still high” with a subtitle of: “One shop says the "hoarding" of ammunition since Obama's election has created a shortage.” You’ll find it at: Tulsa World
If you have been laboring under the mistaken impression that an Obama presidency would “unite” the nation this article might shed some light on the just how wrong you are. It is entitled: “Liberals told to leave. An instructor for a hunter safety course orders Obama voters to get out of his class.” You’ll find it at: Tulsa World
If nothing else, this story demonstrates the depth of the distrust and the degree of repugnance of, and for, the socialists now in charge of our country, by a huge cross section of the American population.
The fact is that public confidence in the government, by Americans, is low and getting even lower…and it is doing so rapidly!
The socialists and the neo-socialists, who populate Congress today, have done exactly as we expected and even predicted they would do. They have over-reached. That was not tough to predict. As someone recently said, betting that democrats will over reach is like betting that democrats will commit voter fraud. It is a sure thing!
Allow me to rephrase my statement above reference over reaching: "They have overreached in so far as freedom, and liberty loving American are concerned." One must remember that today, as difficult as it is to believe, nearly one half of the American electorate is happy with socialism -- and Obama's socialist government -- and would blissfully make a present of their allegiance to a communist government in America -- in the blink of an eye.
Those Americans who still cherish freedom and liberty must take, in my opinion, a realistic view of the situation as it exists at this moment in America. And realistically -- we are NEVER going to win those lost souls back. They are gone. They have willingly accepted slavery in exchange for security, or what they THINK is security. In fact, it is voluntary servitude to the state. They climbed into their cells, closed and locked the door, and tossed the key to their caretakers.
Again, realistically, maybe it is a good thing we can now identify the socialists and communists among us. (Historically they are the least informed among us: the least educated, the least sophisticated, the most insecure, and quite often the neediest, and the laziest among any society.) For when the divide of America moves from rhetorical to physical, it is THOSE PEOPLE we do not want on our side of the border.
When the backlash has begins, I am afraid tar, feathers, and rails will no longer suffice as they once did in the days of yore. Pity.
J. D. Longstreet is a conservative “Carolina Boy.” A Southern American (A native sandlapper (South Carolinian) and an adopted Tar Heel -- A North Carolinian) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in “America First.” J. D. Longstreet is a very proud direct descendent of several Confederate soldiers. He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an “in the field” and “on-air” news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator. Longstreet is a veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A lifelong Christian, Longstreet subscribes to “old Lutheranism” to express and exercise his faith.
Longstreet’s Commentaries are posted at “INSIGHT on Freedom” at: and at “The Sentinel Factor” at: and “Target: Freedom” at: , and at: “Liberty2Express” at: and “Freedom Dossier” as well as many conservative sites across the World Wide Web.