A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I am embarrassed -- ashamed, ashamed, I tell you!
What ever happened to real men in America? Where'd they go, huh? Whatever happened to real women in America? Where'd they go? I ask because neither are readily identifiable in America any more.
The Americans that are most easily seen today are the pale, limp-wristed, weak-spined, pitiable, pliant, malleable, tractile, fall-to-the-floor-and-assume-the-fetal-position men and women who quake in their boots at the mere utterance of the word "GUN."
Egads, people! What has happened to you? What has happened to America, the champion of freedom around the globe?
In two generations we have become a nation of wusses! (A wuss is a person who is physically weak and ineffectual.) The individual American -- and the nation -- have become wusses! ARRRG!
Look. Americans no longer know who they are. The history of western civilization and the history of America have been so "revised" and "sterilized" that the products of our public education system in America have lost all connection to their roots.
An excellent example of the revision and sterilization of history played out recently here in my state of North Carolina when the Confederate Battle Flag was removed from the N. C. House of Representatives chamber in the old State Capitol Building in Raleigh.
The Confederate Battle Flag is an integral part of North Carolina history, of the story of the people of North Carolina. The US flag remains on display in that chamber, however, even though it is the only flag, of the two, to fly over slavery in America, and to fly from the masts of slave ships. The Confederate Battle Flag was NEVER a national flag of the Confederacy. It was a battle field emblem ONLY.
How many Americans actually KNOW that today?
See what I mean about losing touch with your history, about losing touch with your family, about losing touch with who you REALLY are?
Anthropologists will tell you that when that happens, that person, that individual, that group/nation is, for all intents and purposes, LOST. They have lost that vital connection to their origin and their social relationship with other citizens and/or other human beings. Basically -- they're just taking up space in a society.
THAT is where far too many Americans are today. Just taking up space.
As a country, we have gone from being the policeman of the globe to being the victim of the globe.
American self-reliance used to be celebrated. No longer. Today, a self-reliant, individualist is looked upon as -- somehow -- crazy!
The dispute between gun fearing gun-grabbers and gun owners in America today is an excellent example of how dependence on a strong central government -- for everything -- can and will lead a strong, vibrant, country into ruin.
Consider this: "U.S. sees highest poverty spike since the 1960s. The number of Americans living in poverty has spiked to levels not seen since the mid 1960s, classing 20 per cent of the country’s children as poor.
It comes at a time when government spending cuts of $85 billion have kicked in after feuding Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a better plan for addressing the national deficit.
The cuts will directly affect 50 million Americans living below the poverty income line and reduce their chances of finding work and a better life." SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2302997/U-S-sees-highest-poverty-spike-1960s-leaving-50-million-Americans-poor-government-cuts-billions-spending.html#ixzz2PPeTIjlw
We have made ZERO progress since LBJ's "War on Poverty" began in the 1960's!
Is the picture becoming clearer?
Reason tells us that there is simply no way a government can protect an individual, either. Americans have known this from day one. That is why we laid claim to the divine right of self defense. Understand: Self defense IS a "right" granted by God -- not a government. Until roughly six decades ago, we understood that individuals had not only a right to self defense but a responsibility to provide same for his family and for himself -- and for his country.
When we lost the connection to our past, to our history, we lost our connection to the values of a people, distinct in all of history.
Consider this: "It is impossible to separate the two. I mean, of course, guns and America. Guns obtained and secured the country we now know as “America” for the people we now know as Americans.
As the settlers/pilgrims stepped ashore in the New World they carried their trusty weapons, guns. When the frontiersmen dipped their toes into the waters of the western sea, the Pacific, no doubt they clutched in their hands a later variant of the same weapon the Pilgrims had in their grips when their toes touched the sand of the Carolina, Virginia, and New England beaches. It had been a long journey and guns had fed, clothed, and protected these new people, called Americans, as they laid claim to a new land destined to become the leader of the free world, if not the entire world.
When these restless people, the Americans, decided their “King” was demanding more from them than they were willing to give, the gun won them their Independence.
Some eighty years later, these same restless people decided to fight a war amongst themselves over, depending upon how you decipher (or revise) history, “States' Rights” or “Slavery”. (In my case, I have done the research and know that States' Rights was the cause of the American Civil War simply because the facts, when laid bare, support that interpretation.) In any event, the gun carried by both sides in the conflict devastated both countries -- and yet -- some say the war forged a single entity known as the UNITED States of America. Only recently, frankly, have I begun to question that ... The "united" part, I mean.
In all the wars since, the gun has taken the war to America’s enemies and protected the Americans wielding it and managed to secure the freedom and liberties our forefathers put their lives and their fortunes on the line for back in the 1700’s. Together, we have come a very long way the gun and America." SOURCE: http://westernfrontamerica.com/2009/07/27/guns-america/
But we are a very different people, we MODERN Americans. We are ruled by our emotions. Why, even men are applauded for weeping in public! THAT IS A MAN?
Heck, we even have a Commander-in-Chief of the US military whose philosophy on leadership is: "Lead from the rear!" Is it any wonder why our military cannot win wars today?
For instance: We have two nations threatening to strike America with nuclear weapons even as I write these few words. One question: Why are those two nations not smoking piles of nuclear radiating rubble right now? Answer: Because they do not fear America any longer. See, they recognize the weakness of America. They see it in our national leadership -- and -- in our common everyday citizens.
When our kids are forbidden to play "Tag" or "Dodge Ball" on the playground at school, when we no longer reward excellence but mediocrity by not publicly recognizing young scholars for all their work and determination to succeed in their studies because it might make those who failed, or had less satisfactory grades, feel bad, then you KNOW the country is in serious trouble for the long run.
We no longer understand games such as Tag and Dodge Ball were devised to create winners and losers. It was intentional. The founding IDEA was to celebrate winning and to teach losers what it feels like to lose and in doing so -- inspire them to get off their duffs and apply themselves, and their talents, and WIN! It's just more evidence of America having lost that connection to its roots. We don't even understand "American exceptionalism" anymore -- because we don't recognize exceptionalism!
We have become weak, slothful, mediocre, accepting of bigger and bigger, stronger and stronger, government populated by a self-proclaimed American elite convinced THEY, somehow, have a right to deprive Americans of their liberty and freedom and force the country into a national "collective" in the form of national socialism, which is the introductory stage of full out communism. (If you want to see where American socialism it is ultimately taking America -- read Glenn Beck's book "Agenda 21")
The "wuzzification" of America is nearly complete. If the government is allowed to confiscate our guns, or even register our weapons, or insist that we undergo background checks when selling or buying guns, or insist, by law, that we have a background check even to purchase ammunition, or purchase expensive insurance policies for each and every gun in our possession, the grand experiment known as "America" will be OVER. It will have failed -- utterly. The last, best, hope of mankind, on earth, will be gone leaving only evil to reign on a planet at perpetual war with itself.
Frightening? Absolutely! We have one chance to reclaim our country in November of 2014.
We were warned by one of America’s original Founding Fathers and our second President, John Adams. Freedom, once lost, can never be regained. Adams said: “A constitution of government, once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
Isn't America worth saving and restoring -- or isn't it?
© J. D. Longstreet