(I hope the readers of this blog will pardon the long absence, and understand the reason I’ve been away for so long. Family comes first. Regular blogging resumes with this post.)
My precious Junior Rifleman,
Welcome to the world. Your mother and I have been eagerly anticipating your arrival, and have been quite busy these past few months. You have been a massive upsetting effect on our daily OODA loop since your invasion, but it has been a wonderfully welcome one.
You enter this world at a critical moment. For the past three decades or so, your mother and I have experienced a decrease in our liberty that was at first gradual, but by now it runs at a frightening pace. When we first became adults according to the legal definition, we were enthralled with the political, and actively advanced the agenda of what is referred to today as the Republican Party. Since then, we have changed, and you will hear us refer to it as the Imperialist, Fascist, or Dead Elephant Party as you grow up. They sometimes oppose, but often complement, the Democrat Party, which we refer to as the Socialists. In truth, you could refer to either party with either description, but we’ll try to be consistent.
I ask you to forgive us. Our actions in our youth shame us today, for when we advanced the Imperialists we forced our precious inheritance, Liberty, to retreat. That we did not see the retreat at the time makes our actions all the more shameful. As a result of our sin against you, we are forced at this point to begin our preparations for a civil war that grows ever more likely every day. Whether that war takes the form of a general decay in law and order and a rise in totalitarianism, or the sudden arrival of a Napoleon- or Lincoln-like character, I cannot say. But I will say that I will, from this day forward, do everything within my power to restore to you at least as much liberty as I had when I was born. That is a tall order, but it is the least that I can do.
In the course of my remaining life, you will learn a great many things from me. I pray that you will follow after the original Liberating Libertarian, Jesus Christ. I’ll explain more of what that means as you grow, but know this now: if you are not willing to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, you cannot have any meaningful understanding of liberty. But even if you follow that Golden Rule, I pray that you will want Liberty for yourself, and therefore, for others. There are many people today who do not want liberty, for it requires a responsibility, not only to your contemporaries, but also to your posterity. You are my posterity, and to set the example for you, I will be responsible for and with my liberty, so that you may have it yourself and treat it properly.
You may wonder who the statue is at the top of this post, and what he has to do with what I write to you today. It is the likeness of a man named Isaac Davis, who lived a very long time ago and understood that Liberty requires not only preparation for its continuation, but also sacrifice. He was the commander of a militia unit from Acton, Massachusetts, and made sure that every man under his command had a musket, a bayonet, and a cartridge box. That is the example of preparation we should follow. As for the sacrifice …
On the day the soldiers came to take some of his liberty, he was forewarned by another preparation that had been made. As he left to repel the soldiers, he turned to his wife and said “Take good care of the children.” He did not return.
If it comes to that, and I must go to defend Liberty and not return, know that I leave you in the care of your mother, a woman at least as dangerous to the enemies of Liberty as I, both mentally and physically. Obey your mother, cherish your Liberty, and know that I watch from Heaven.
Make me glad to call you my own little Son of Liberty.
The Virginia Rifleman
From a year ago, Oleg Volk reminds us of what constitutes an appropriate Christmas gift.
July the Fourth is situated neatly near the middle of the calendar year, so for me it serves as a good milestone for checking on my annual resolutions. You know, those things you declared you would do at the beginning of the year, to make yourself a better person? Things like shooting and running and storing away useful items?
I’m behind in some areas, ahead in others. As far as blog postings go, I’m not nearly where I wanted to be. After a strong start, a period of intense weakness developed, as other, more pressing events in life intruded. But this blog is the least of my goals.
I am shooting better than at the beginning of the year. I measure myself at the local high power match, held monthly, and have made steady, quantifiable progress. Not that a high power match accurately represents real-world shooting, but it is a decent yardstick for long-range work.
I am taking daily walks to build my core fitness, but have slacked off in running. My cholesterol is on the way down, but could do better. I am packing along my load bearing gear (cleverly disguised as a regular shoulder bag) on my walks, so they are useful for building my body.
All these things are my own actions, taken freely, to build me and my family up in independence from the current system. I wish to be free, and will act in such a manner as befits free men, even while those around me act as John Dickinsons and warn me not to act too boldly, or join a militia, or say crazy things like the Government is out to steal our freedoms.
We find ourselves today in a place where there are too many John Dickinsons and too few John Adams to successfully accomplish a revolution, even though one is coming.
If you haven’t, go watch the movie 1776 and the miniseries John Adams. Both of them portray the struggle between John Adams for independence and John Dickinson for reconciliation very well, though a bit loosely vis a vis the facts of history. It is easy to see the two as opposites, but I prefer to look at them as two individuals on a spectrum, moving in the same direction. Adams, of course, is the one farther along the path of liberty, clearly moving towards it instead of against it. But Dickinson is too often viewed as one moving in the opposite direction.
He shouldn’t be considered an enemy of America, or of liberty, nor should those who are similar to him today. We all take a different path towards liberty, and at different rates. The one who today counsels reconciliation with our tyrants may tomorrow be convinced of the futility of such action. One cannot be sure of such opinions until they are put through the fire of experience, which occasionally manifests as actual incoming fire.
We must be careful, as Patriots, to never shrink our numbers, nor shut the door closed to anyone who could potentially serve as a Patriot. We must remember that we were all new to this line of thinking at one point, and must use that common point of reference as a reconciliation place whenever disagreements appear within our ranks.
So for my own self, I am going to double down on my goals for the remainder of the year. I am going to find new Patriots, new John Dickinsons, and befriend them, bringing them closer in to my point of view.
For we must remember that after the Declaration, John Dickinson fought against the British and earned the honorable title of traitor to the British Crown, even though he never signed the Declaration.
Take notes, class:
(Hat tip: The Firearm Blog)
This is the quality of marksmanship you will be fighting alongside if push comes to shove here in the good ol’ US of A. Get yourself to an Appleseed to learn the basics, then followup with a class at a professional marksmanship school. Questions:
- At any point, can the OpFor be seen when the camera is pointed downrange?
- What advantages could be gained against the rebels by an OpFor trained in fire discipline?
- What cover and concealment can be seen in use?
Oh, and note the use of the handheld video camera at about 50 seconds. Might be good to get a hold of a few of those, especially as they become the “obsolete” technology, eclipsed by smart phones. The applications work well for both propaganda and training purposes. Just make sure to hold it steady while you’re being shot at.
If you can see it, you can kill it. Don’t be seen.
Think asymmetrically, my friends.
There’s an interesting discussion of tactics that can be used against riot(ing) cops at this Zero Hedge post, based on these videos:
Note that the students were protesting “austerity” measures. Some questions:
- How long until such protests come here?
- How long until such protests here become violent?
- How long until those opposed to austerity start bringing their own weapons to the dance?
You can only get beaten so many times before you start to hit back …