In light of the recent events in Nevada added to the readership stats on this piece of late, I believe this op-ed is more appropriate today than when it was written last December.
Let it burn in….real good.
Reading this blog, Mountain Guerilla, Western Rifle Shooter’s Association, Max Velocity’s, American Mercenary’s, Guerillamerica, or literally dozens of other similar sites, and are in general agreement with the subjects discussed on Liberty and the Constitution, gives a strong indication that you’re a ‘like-minded’ patriot, who’s likely goal is the restoration of constitutional government, or, possibly a ‘three percenter.’
If you consider yourself a ‘threeper’ or simply a ‘patriot’, then I submit you must recognize that you have a duty to the country, and everyone in it, whether or not you like them, their politics, their ancestry, or any other identifier that might give you a moment of pause if SHTF. Whether or not you think they deserve your sacrifice doesn’t relieve you of your duty.
Further, if you’re in the “I’m not fighting for anyone who I don’t think deserves it” camp, you’re in need of a significant attitude adjustment, pure and simple. Why? If you are a patriot or a ‘threeper’, your duty and mine is not about who you or I might believe merits our sacrifice to ensure they have that liberty. Our duty requires our action to ensure the condition necessary for individual liberty is restored and maintained by posterity.
That condition is constitutional government as originally intended.
“Duty” is simply a synonym for, “obligation.” Our obligation came as consequence of either our birth as American citizens or the conscious decision in asking for and being granted citizenship.
General Robert E. Lee had this take on the importance of duty: “Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”
So, it follows that as an American citizen, you have a duty not only to support, but to help safeguard the Supreme Law of the Land against all who would weaken or destroy it for their own ends, no matter what they may be; political, economic, or social in nature. The Constitution is what guarantees our natural, God-given rights against tyranny. The Constitution cannot accomplish this without citizens able and willing to carry out their duty. This ability and willingness is the only counter to tyranny that carries any weight to a would-be tyrant. It’s also a consequence of the ability and willingness of the patriot citizen at large that gives accountability to an elected official, and gives that official the understanding of the importance of fulfilling his or her Oath of Office.
We have other documents to help us fulfill our duty: the unanimous Declaration (aka Declaration of Independence), the Constitution, the understanding of common law had by the Founders, and other founding documents and principles. All we need do is learn and then begin to apply what we’ve learned, and our duty will begin to be fulfilled.
Today, our performance as a nation in doing so is dismal at best, which is an obvious reason why the country is in the shape it’s in, and many people are actively preparing for the worst as the country moves further and further away from constitutional government and closer to totalitarianism.
What about you, though, the man or woman reading this? How do you begin to do your duty? Here are a few suggestions to consider (these are not new; they’ve been posted at one time or another by a blog author or commenter):
• Get involved politically. Yes, that means locally. Be vocal. Hold your local government representatives accountable to their Oath of Office. Be articulate; not a psycho. Stand and be counted. Whether or not those in office listen and heed is irrelevant. What is important is that you are giving them every opportunity possible to return to the form of government we were given after a long war. Remove your consent by refusing to be a silent capitulator. Take every opportunity to say, “NO MORE!” even though you might believe your actions to be in vain.
• Start networking with other like-minded people in your local area. If you are a subject matter expert in an area they would like to learn, teach them, or, if you’re not a good instructor, aim them to one of the places that trains people professionally.
• Keep your morale and those you network with as high as possible. Fortify your morale with the belief in the righteousness of the cause. Morale, by the way, is not ‘feeling happy’ about what you’re doing or ‘feeling appreciated’ or other so-called indicators of morale. Morale, strictly defined, is the spirit of tenacity and willingness to put the objective above self and continue your task under intolerable conditions for long periods of time.
• Retrain your mind to understand that none of us are ‘special’ or ‘indispensable.’ Lose the ego. Doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, grandparent, single millionaire, genius, or whatever. When it comes to sacrificing everything for our posterity on the altar of liberty, all of us are expendable. The simple fact is there are some things much more important than our individual lives and fortunes. One of them is our honor. Another is ensuring our posterity has what we’ve almost lost, even if it costs us our lives.
• Train. Are you fit enough to handle adverse conditions and arduous training? Then get going. Physically as well as intellectually. The FM’s, books, blogs, and movies are not substitutes for field experience. Poor field experience is no substitute for quality training activities. Give yourself a ‘cold-eye’ evaluation. Start from scratch again, if necessary. PT is just as important as marksmanship which is just as important as knowing how to perform a patrol which is just as important as knowing how to use a compass, map and protractor, etc, etc, etc. Studying the principles upon which the country was founded and knowing what the Constitution actually says, and more, what the original intent of the Founders was when they ratified it goes a long way in helping others learn, “why we train” and, if necessary, “why we fight.”
• Determine what you can do, and then get started. If you are physically precluded from the field, are you able to provide auxiliary support? Here’s an example: Do you own land that can be used for training? Make it known to someone you trust. Do you have medical, communications, or computer expertise? Volunteer to provide what you have. Think of all the possibilities. The auxiliary is to the field troop what water is to a fish.
• Stop buying into or participating in the ‘we can’t win’ argument. We can’t win only if every citizen says so, and then refuses to take action when necessary. ‘It ain’t over till it’s over,” remember? Yes, if push comes to shove, a lot of people on Team Freedom won’t make it through the troubles. But that doesn’t mean we quit mentally or physically. There have been a few pieces around the blogosphere lately on, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Nothing could be truer.
• Debate and argue ideas; don’t attack people. Again, be articulate, not a psycho. Leave your ego at the door and be humble enough to grant points to others rather than bicker and feud, which only takes Team Freedom backwards by creating factionalism, which helps OPFOR ‘divide and conquer.’
• Build trust within your network. Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’. If you say you’re going to do a thing, then do it. Don’t give bullshit excuses why you left your tribe/team hanging. When building a team, the means do have an impact on the ends.
There are more, but that’s up to you to come up with. What’s essential at this point is to refuse to get bogged down in ‘circular firing squads’ and stay busy doing productive tasks every day because there’s no time to waste. Staying focused on the ‘commander’s intent’ (Restoration of Constitutional Government) is what will lead to concerted activity throughout Team Freedom.
Each of you are going to make a decision based on what you’ve read here and other places to either subordinate yourself to the objective or not. If you’re on the fence and need a ‘shove,’ so to speak, a good ending on doing your duty is this quote attributed to John Mosby over at the Mountain Guerilla blog: “Stand up, grab a handful of scrotum, and MAN THE FUCK UP!”