The title of this post is from Patrick Henry's famous Liberty or Death speech, which I will link at the bottom of this post. I encourage all of you to read it again today with fresh eyes - the eyes that read Drudge every day, the eyes that see what LEO is doing every day, the eyes that see what is happening from Washington every day - including the bureaucracies - the eyes that see the Truth.
Once more I will quote Sam Adams: “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
I know your eyes see what is happening, but I am not sure minds are interpreting it all realistically.
The war is actually begun!
Here is a tidbit that I have written about before, but it needs to be discussed again. I hope one of our bloggers with SF combat experience will pick up on the premise and expand on it - or anyone who has actually lived in a war zone, whether you were a combatant or not. I am writing from experience, and that's all I will say about it.
On the average day during RevWarI or RevWarII, or in Vietnam, Korea, WWII, even WWI, most people carried on their days either oblivious to the war, disconnected from it, or otherwise simply not giving a damn because it did not directly enter their physical realm of existence.
During both American wars the shops remained open in major cities. Farmers farmed. Bakers baked. Wall Street Banksters bet on both sides of the war. Doctors saw patients and removed tonsils.
A modern example is the fact that America has been at war for more than a decade, and how many Americans on American soil have had to duck and cover as a result of those wars? A few folks on a .mil base (disarmed in a time of war by their Command) and a bomb killed a few in Boston. But how many stores local to Ft Hood and/or the Boston bombing were open the next day? How many "average" Americans did more than shake their heads and mumble about "...what's the world coming to..."
Even in places where there is a LOT of fighting between combatants, say in the sandbox, markets open, goods are sold and services are performed. People marry, reproduce, have affairs, and continue with life.
"The War" is just part of life. It only becomes "real" when one combatant or another begins shooting or bombing where you happen to be at the moment.
You will remember in our RevWarII (War between the States) - people packed basket lunches and held picnics on the hills to watch the battles.
Wars matter to the fighters and the victims.
America is at war, right now, with herself. Not simply shouting at one another - people are killing one another in this ideologically motivated war. The problem is that it can't really be seen as a war unless you pull back to 20,000 feet for perspective. The other problem is that only one side is doing all the shooting. Firefights happen every single day in America. Home Invasions happen on the order of 300 times each day - by "Law Enforcers". That will never look like a war to a suburban housewife who doesn't want to believe there is a war.
Even when both sides start shooting at one another, most of America, most days, will not be affected anywhere except for the merchants - some items will be harder to get, most prices will rise, but most Americans, on most days, will never have to duck for cover in RevWarIII.
And if the Liberty Movement in America doesn't get itself unfucked really quickly, this war will be over and most people will never even realized it happened, nor will they know who was fighting for what...and whence the chains upon them came.
Here's Patrick Henry. Read it with today's eyes.