Total War means TOTAL WAR.
“with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”
There were some poor, many “middle” class and a few that were filthy rich. John Hancock was likely the richest man in America at the start of the revolution. Samuel Adams was generally broke. Everyone risked all.
Total War is not only defined by what you are willing to destroy in your quest for victory but what you are willing to lose.
“The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you’re already dead. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you’ll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function: without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends upon it.” Ron Speirs, Band of Brothers
You may lose your job, you may lose your fortune, and you may lose your friends. You may not get invited to appear on Fox or MSNBC. Your children are being taught in the schools to revile what you believe; you may lose them to the culture. If we continue down the road we are on, civil war will come to America, and you may even lose your life. All liberty depends upon men who are willing to risk everything. It has always been so.
I do not advocate civil war but I do recognize the inevitable result of tyranny. Psychology has laws as immutable as gravity or economics; people will only take so much. Mass psychology is practiced by those in power in the same way the FED practices monetary policy. Statism bubbles are blown up and the pressure/anger is relieved by “conservative” victories when the statists recognize the pent-up anger has reached critical mass. Of course the conservative victories never quite undue the frameworks laid and successes made in the prior advance. As the recent stock and real estate bubbles resulted in economic devastation due to miscalculations of the FED, it is inevitable that the statists will miscalculate the anger generated by their actions. It may be this time. To use FED jargon, their models would predict a brief interlude of control by “conservatives” would be a relief valve on the pent-up anger and thereby safely deflate the bubble. What is going to happen when the Republicans retake the congress this fall and then fail to dismantle Obamacare, Cap and Trade, etc.? Are real Americans going to quietly sit through more shameless duplicity on the part of the Republican Establishment?
The left has been practicing a form of almost bloodless Total War against basic liberty for more than 100 years. They have been willing personally to lose all in order to accomplish their progressive goals. Why would they fight so sacrificially in support of tyranny? I don’t know either but that is why they are called useful idiots. How many Democrats are not seeking re-election in 2010 already? But they voted for ObamaCare anyway. Winning is all that matters. Total War.
We’re whipped. I saw a comedian once refer to it as chicken-whipped in order to maintain a family friendly show.
In fact, we are so badly chicken-whipped that many on the right faithfully and righteously support many of the goals of the progressives for fear of being labeled naïve or uncaring.
As long as that is the case; we will stay whup’d.
Who is for destroying Social Security?
Who wants to scrap the DEA and all federal drug laws?
Who wants to eradicate the FDA? The Federal Reserve?
The EPA and the Dept of Education?
The NRLB and AMTRAK?
No more Medicare or Medicaid at the federal level?
Seat belt laws?
Can we not get out of the UN? Must we fund this dictators club?
These are all things that were pushed through by the progressives at the expense of liberty.
I can’t get on an airplane or open a bank account without going through a virtual strip search (soon to be an actual virtual strip search). But in spite of all of the ridiculous nonsense it was ordinary Americans that stopped the EunuchBomber. It was ordinary people that stopped Richard Reid (and hopefully soon that other treacherous Reid, “Harry”). It would have been ordinary Americans that stopped 9/11 had they not been disarmed by a wayward government.
The IRS and Income Tax are both thoroughly evil and absolutely incompatible with liberty. Yet there are too many on the right who think it is only fair for the wealthy to be taxed this way. The self-made wealthy are punished for success while drunken trust fund babies take the floor to rail against them. We are all forced annually to testify against ourselves in plain contravention of the dreaded 5th.
Too many on the right still believe anyone invoking the 5th is guilty. Refusing to answer the question is prima facie evidence of guilt, right? Only guilty people have something to hide, right? The truth is that only fools believe such tripe.
If we are going to win a Total War all of the things the left have implemented must be destroyed. As soon as you decide that your favorite unconstitutional progressive program should be preserved then Total War is not being practiced, and the left wins another one of its two steps forward one step back battles.
We will see this shortly when the Republicans retake congress in the upcoming elections. Watch as they attempt to FIX ObamaCare instead of eradicating it entirely. We occasionally see some similarly moronic legislation to force the IRS to play “nice”. The Republican Establishment’s focus on making things work well, instead of standing on principle and asking if it should be allowed to exist, is as responsible for the state we are in as anything the left has done.
The answer is not easy but it is simple;
(Thanks EPU and nessa) Carthago Delenda Est, leave no stone standing upon another, plow the streets and salt the earth so that nothing can grow there again.
We must DESTROY every element of progressivism or like the noxious weed it is, it will grow back. We must accept with humility when our current or former positions are helpful to the enemy and destructive of liberty. And then change.
The men who founded this country did risk everything. Whether poor or rich they all knew death, prison or poverty was the price of failure. In fact many suffered all these things in spite of victory.
But not us. Unfortunately Samuel Adams perfectly described the Right of today when he said;
“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you (Mitch). May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”—Samuel Adams
As long as unemployment is low and the dollar is strong nobody gets worked up.
Somebody recently asked a bunch of British veterans of WWI and WWII if, given the state of British society today, it was worth it. Most said no. They wouldn’t do it again.
Is there any doubt we would get the same response from Washington, the Adams’s, Jefferson or Paine were they to see the depths we have plumbed in the name of civility, profitability and providing for the general welfare?
There is nothing wrong with civility or profit until they are gained at the price of principle.
We do not live our principles.
How many would vote not guilty as a juror when the defendant is clearly guilty but you think the law is bad or unconstitutional? How could any juror ever vote to convict a person for violating a law the juror was unaware of before the trial? Ignorance of the law is no excuse we are told. Tens of thousands of pages of law, hundreds of thousands of pages of legally binding case law and bureaucratic regulation and we are responsible for every word? Are we to be bound by these millions of words while they refuse to be bound by the 7600 words of the US Constitution?
How many contribute to Wal-Mart profits even though it supports the healthcare trash being pushed and has people on staff specifically to teach its employees how to access the welfare state?
Who will buy a GM car if the deal is better than what Ford or Toyota offer?
Who takes their kids to Disney World or Disney movies?
What’s in our wallets? How many of us have credit cards drawn on banks that took bailouts?
Where are our PRINCIPLES?
Total War means TOTAL WAR.
Or does it?