I know that I have touched on this in previous posts but I want you to think and pray about your answer(s). If, like me, you are a parent then you have to ask yourself, “am I willing to die for my children?” I think most of us can agree that yes we would die in order that our children and grandchildren could live on. What about your husband or wife? Would you be willing to die for them? Probably most would say “Yes!” But then what?
Are You Willing To Die for Your Country?
As someone who has sworn to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic I would have said “Yes!” Lately I have had to change my thought pattern. No! I am not willing to die for my country if it is going to continue in its present direction. No! I am not willing to die for a country that is trying to destroy everything that I feel made this country great. No! I AM NOT WILLING TO DIE SO AN OVER-REACHING, ABUSIVE GOVERNMENT CAN CONTINUE TO TRAMPLE THE RIGHTS THAT I FEEL THAT I HAVE DERIVED FROM THE ALMIGHTY GOD, NOT THE GOVERNMENT.
But, am I willing to die in an effort to change this corrupt shadow of a Constitutional Republic back into the model of freedom? Am I willing to lay die my life in an effort to restore freedom and put an end to tyranny? Yes! I am convinced that FREEDOM is worth dying for. The freedom to worship the way I see fit as long as I do not infringe on the rights of my countrymen. I am willing to die in order that my son or grandson would not have to, but also so that they can know the freedoms that I enjoyed. And even the freedom that I enjoyed in the ’50’s and 60’s was nothing compared to those enjoyed by my father and his father.
In my first novel, The Sun, The Moon and the Shooting Star, I tell a fictional account of a true story of a Jicarilla Indian warrior, who in his old age sang his Death Song so that he would be free to die as he wished, in combat. Whenever he saw a battle taking place he would rush into the battle, pick a side and start fighting. Finally, he got his wish and he did die in battle. Here is how Patrick Henry felt about it: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
What happened to men like that?
Are You Willing To Die For Your Way of Life?
My way of life, personally, is not being threatened but others who enjoy my way of life are being threatened. Follow the links to their stories and see how this is happening in America today. http://offgridsurvival.com/targetingselfreliantlifestyle-zoninglawsaws/ and here: http://beforeitsnews.com/food-and-farming/2014/01/exclusive-feds-threatening-michigan-family-farm-with-armed-raid-2460050.html
I know you have heard the stories of the Amish being SWAT teamed for selling raw milk or fresh eggs or non-USDA inspected meat. You can find these stories on an almost daily basis. But does anyone care?
At the top of the page I inserted a photo of Arlington National Cemetery with the caption of “Men who died for what they believed in.” Here is the question that I must answer for myself, “Have all the men, and women, who believed in something so strongly that they were willing to die, have all of them died? Maybe there are no more men and women willing to die for what they believe in. Is it possible that all them having died, that type of individual is extinct, like the dodo or black rhino or passenger pigeon? Maybe, if we don’t like what we hear in the news we can just change the channel and it will go away. If something is posted on the internet that convicts us in our heart, we can just go play a video game or get the latest football stats.
I have said this more than once in previous articles and I will say it again. Go someplace quiet, wherever that may be for you, and ask yourself, “What am I willing to die for.” Because, once the shooting starts, it is too late to try and make that decision. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote Gulag Archipelago and told about the treatment of people under despotism. There was a line in it that haunted me many a night and day. He told about how people, farmers and laborers mostly, were escorted by a handful of armed guards, many with just bolt action rifles and the laborers all had shovels, axes, picks and hammers in their hands but they did not try to overpower their guards. And Solzhenitsyn wondered why they did not try to overwhelm their guards and captors. And here is his answer “because we loved liberty so little.” Is that our problem? We love liberty so little that we are unwilling to lead the charge?
Charleton Heston is mistakenly given credit for the saying “They’ll take my gun from my cold dead hands.” He learned this from Roy Rogers. Charleton Heston was against guns and most things American until John Wayne gave him a copy of the united states Constitution. When he read what the Constitution actually said, he changed his political views and became a lifetime member of the NRA and later, its president. Now, here is my question to you and myself, was he talking about dying in his bed with his rifle in his hand? Or, was he talking about dying for the right to keep and bear arms WHILE USING THAT RIFLE? Was he talking about the freedom of worship? The freedom from illegal search and seizure? The freedom to conduct your affairs in the manner that you prescribe, not the government?
Only you can determine when the government has crossed that line in the sand. Only you can judge for yourself when it is time to fight. Let’s hope for all our sakes we don’t all wait until they cut our rations in the FEMA camps before we rise up and revolt because at that time IT WILL BE TOO LATE.
Good luck and God bless all of you in 2014.