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LAST STAND: I refuse to give up this Republic without a fight

posted at 1:08 pm on October 25, 2012 by

You don’t have to ride on a treacherous, unlit cow path from the north-side of Boston to Lexington as the King’s Regulars attempt a surprise attack on the Sons of Liberty.You don’t have to board a frigate, sail for weeks across the Atlantic and then sack a city in Tripoli to rescue your imprisoned countrymen.

You don’t have to kill a British soldier in a desperate, hand-to-hand struggle after leaping out of a boat on the beach at York during the War of 1812.

You don’t have to hold the line against Pickett’s desperate charge at Gettysburg as thousands of wounded men shriek bloody murder around you.

You don’t have to resist a vicious attack by the Hun with fixed bayonets at Belleau Wood.

You don’t have to survive a terrifying duck-boat run onto Omaha Beach as men around you are being chopped to bits by fortified Nazi gun emplacements.

You don’t have to liberate the Nazi Death Camps, capping months of brutal fighting and desperate marching through the dirt roads of Europe.

You don’t have to withstand a surprise attack by the Chinese ‘People’s Volunteer Army’, fighting to hold the line in 35°-below-zero temperatures for days on end near the Chosin Reservoir.

You don’t have to defend the city of Huế from a surprise attack by Viet Cong and PAVN regulars, fighting block-to-block as the entire country is set afire by the Tet Offensive.

You don’t have to race across the desert, waiting for a chemical attack or a Scud missile to hit, baking in 130° temperatures, so that you can expel Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard from Kuwait.

You don’t have to patrol a patch of hard-scrabble earth in Aghanistan or Iraq, waiting for the inevitable IED by the side of the road — or signs that you’ve rolled right into an ambush by heavily-armed ‘insurgents’ equipped with Iranian RPGs.

You don’t have to do any of those things. You just have to vote in November. You just have to take the time to rally your neighbors, your family members and your co-workers to vote for candidates who believe in the Constitution. You must marshal voters who will reject the out-of-control, free-spending government that has brought our country to the edge of bankruptcy.

Because if the Constitution doesn’t mean anything, if all of the founders’ sacrifices went for naught, if all of those American heroes who fought and bled and died for the flag mean nothing, if all your parents and grandparents gave you doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, well, then our generation will be forever known as the weak-willed group that let the American dream slip from our fingers.

And we will be known forever as the generation that allowed American exceptionalism to be stolen from us by a radical leftist from San Francisco, a crooked, power-hungry weasel of a man from Nevada, and an Alinsky-trained community organizer who rose to the presidency without qualifications or even so much as a background check by the media.

You don’t have to bleed for your country. All you have to do is rally our forces to vote in November. That is what we can do and that is what we must do to preserve this Republic for future generations.

Also see: Our Generation’s Fork in the Road

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Thanks for posting this. I’m taking the day off work to be a poll watcher. I and the other two adults in my house will vote first thing in the morning for Romney/Ryan and the down-ticket Republicans, and against the usual raft of looney-tune propositions that infest California ballots.

Mary in LA on October 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Wow. Very powerful.

dominigan on October 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Got the call, I’m an alternate judge on Election Day.

Sekhmet on October 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Although spoken in a much more grave situation than this, this seems appropriate. One last battle to hold the line against the night.

Sekhmet on October 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Archived.

MelonCollie on October 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

great, quick reminder what makes America great!
Thanks for posting.

jimtexas on October 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

We surrender or we fight

Sekhmet on October 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Right there with you, shipmate.

Give me liberty, or give me death.

J.E. Dyer on October 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ah, the irony of ignorance. Someone stating they refuse to give up a Republic that was lost a century and a half ago, and who uses Pickett’s charge as an example that he thinks is in his corner.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for posting this. I’m taking the day off work to be a poll watcher. I and the other two adults in my house will vote first thing in the morning for Romney/Ryan and the down-ticket Republicans, and against the usual raft of looney-tune propositions that infest California ballots.

Mary in LA on October 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

LOL.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Someone stating they refuse to give up a Republic that was lost a century and a half ago, and who uses Pickett’s charge as an example that he thinks is in his corner.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

We wish you would leave a century and a half ago.

I pass by that battlefield every day. STFU.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I pass by that battlefield every day.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Ok. And?

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Mary in LA on October 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Thank you, Mary! And, to the DIRECTORBLUE, author of this article!
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Americans, large and small, famous and not, male or female…….are the greatest people on this earth. We have a mainly Republican town here so I’m not thinking there will be any shenanigans. *fingers crossed*
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God Bless America and May the Best Man Win!!

avagreen on October 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

LOL what a joke. Voting will accomplish nothing to save the Republic. The Republic is long gone. There is no limit on government power any more. Thus there cannot be a Republic, as the citizens no longer hold the power. The Constitution no longer limits government, so the citizens no longer are protected. The media no longer shows all sides of the story, so people cannot vote fully informed without great effort. The laws are so many and so confusing as to be utterly meaningless and all powerful at the same time depending on who is affected.

astonerii on October 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You dishonor the dead by saying their cause is cost.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

lost… distracting girlfriend :)

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

You dishonor the dead by saying their cause is cost.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

You have no clue what you’re talking about or what you’re arguing against.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Tell me, dear Dante, how the Republic was lost a century and half ago. Enlighten us, please.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Thank God you are above trivializing all of American sacrifices for you political position. That practice is disgusting.

Observation on October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Tell me, dear Dante, how the Republic was lost a century and half ago. Enlighten us, please.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

It was lost when Lincoln destroyed it.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

It was lost when Lincoln destroyed it.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Well, that explains it.

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

It was lost when Lincoln destroyed it.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Yes, I do remember that he destroyed the republic of slave-beating scumbags who nearly wrecked the union over a ‘right’ they didn’t have.

So sorry for your ancestors old chap, but that’s the way the liberty bell rings.

MelonCollie on October 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Yes, I do remember that he destroyed the republic of slave-beating scumbags who nearly wrecked the union over a ‘right’ they didn’t have.

So sorry for your ancestors old chap, but that’s the way the liberty bell rings.

MelonCollie on October 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

it is not that he ended slavery, it was how it was done and the repercussions for it. It made the states extraordinarily subservient to the federal government, in a way that was not part of the constitution at the time.

Lincoln has a large part played in the destruction of the Republic and having turned the Federal government into an oligarchy that dictates to the states what they MUST do.

None of the states ever agreed at any point in time before or after the civil war to level of encroachment on the states rights. In fact, that encroachment is what led to the civil war in the first place.

Was ending slavery worth the cost? At the time I probably would have argued yes it was worth it and would have fought on the battle fields to end it. Looking at how much liberty it has destroyed in its wake, I am not so sure it was the right way to get around to the end goal.

At the time the federal government consumed about 1 to 2% of all GDP. Now it consumes about 25% of all work done in the United States of America. Not only that, but it dictates specifically how the work that is done in the United States is done, don’t believe me, ask OSHA and any number of other departments at the federal level that dictate how work must be done. Instead of whips, they use guns to round you up and threaten to throw you in prison to get what they want. Your property is not yours, it belongs to the Federal Government, do not believe me, ask the EPA. We are more slaves today than we were before the civil war. As the GDP of the slaves was far less than 23% and decreasing by the year. The new slave owners are the elderly who bought everyone’s children’s future work for pennies on the dollar.

So, the guy above is right, Lincoln did begin the destruction of the republic. He was not alone though. The people who instituted the income tax and the senate voted into power through popular vote instead of by the state helped. So too did those who did not impeach Supreme Court Justices who acted outside the constitution to find things constitutional that clearly are not. So too did those who did not impeach presidents who acted beyond the pale, such as threatening to stack the Supreme court to get clearly unconstitutional powers deemed constitutional. Lincoln is a hero for ending slavery. Like all men, he is not perfect, and he has blame to take for the destruction of the United States of America as a republic.

astonerii on October 25, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Yes, I do remember that he destroyed the republic of slave-beating scumbags who nearly wrecked the union over a ‘right’ they didn’t have.

MelonCollie on October 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

You are ignorant. Woefully ignorant.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:26 PM

DiLorenzo makes about 71 discrete factual, legal, political, or moral accusations or allegations against or about Lincoln or his subordinates as follows:

1. Saying contradictory things before different audiences.
2. Opposing racial equality.
3. Opposing giving blacks the right to vote, serve on juries or intermarry while allegedly supporting their natural rights.
4. Being a racist.
5. Supporting the legal rights of slaveholders.
6. Supporting Clay?s American System or mercantilism as his primary political agenda: national bank, high tariff, and internal improvements.
7. Supporting a political economy that encourages corruption and inefficiency.
8. Supporting a political economy that became the blueprint for modern American.
9. Being a wealthy railroad lawyer.
10. Never defending a runaway slave.
11. Defending a slaveholder against his runaway slave.
12. Favoring returning ex-slaves to Africa or sending them to Central America and Haiti.?
13. Proposing to strengthen the Fugitive Slave law.
14. Opposing the extension of slavery in the territories so that “free white people” can settle there and because allowing them to become slave states would dilute Republican influence in Congress because of the three-fifths rule.
15. Opposing black citizenship in Illinois or their right to immigrate to that state.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

31. Invading the South without consulting Congress.
32. Illegally declaring martial law.
33. Illegally blockading ports.
34. Illegally suspending habeas corpus.
35. Illegally imprisoning thousands of Northern citizens.
36. Tolerating their subjection to inhumane conditions in prison.
37. Systematically attacking Northern newspapers and their employees, including by imprisonment.
38. Deporting his chief political enemy in the North, Congressman Clement L. Vallandigham of Ohio.
39. Confiscating private property and firearms.
40. Ignoring the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
41. Tolerating the arrest of ministers who refused to pray for Lincoln.
42. Arresting several duly elected members of the Maryland Legislature along with the mayor of Baltimore and Maryland Congressman Henry May.
43. Placing Kansas and Kentucky under martial law.
44. Supporting a law that indemnified public officials for unlawful acts.
45. Laying the groundwork for the establishment of conscription and income taxation as permanent institutions.
46. Interfering with and rigging elections in Maryland and elsewhere in the North.
47. Censoring all telegraph communication.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

48. Preventing opposition newspapers from being delivered by the post office.
49. Illegally creating the state of West Virginia out of the “indestructible” state of Virginia.
50. Tolerating or supporting mistreatment of citizens in conquered territory.
51. Taxing those citizens without their consent.
52. Executing those who refused to take a loyalty oath.
53.Closing churches and arresting ministers.
54. Burning and plundering Southern cites.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:40 PM

62. Waging war on civilians by bombing, destruction of homes, and confiscation of food and farm equipment.
63. Tolerating an atmosphere which led to large numbers of rapes against Southern women, including slaves.
64. Using civilians as hostages.
65. Promoting a general because of his willingness to use his troops as cannon fodder.
66. DiLorenzo blames Lincoln for the predictable aftermath of the war: the plundering of the South by Lincoln?s allies.
67. Supporting government subsidies of the railroads leading to corruption and inefficiency.
68. Supporting a nationalized paper currency which is inherently inflationary.
69. Creating the federal tax bureaucracy and various taxes that are still with us.
70. Establishing precedents for centralized powers and suppression of liberties that continue to be cited today.
71. Ending slavery by means that created turbulence that continues to this day.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The filter on this website is absolutely ridiculous and childish.

Link

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:42 PM

16. Failing to use his legendary political skills to achieve peaceful emancipation as was accomplished elsewhere–Lincoln’s war was the only “war of emancipation” in the 19th century.
17. Nullifying emancipation of slaves in Missouri and Georgia early in the war.
18. Stating that his primary motive was saving the union and not ending slavery.
19. Supporting a conscription law.
20. Sending troops into New York City to quell draft riots related to his emancipation proclamation, resulting in 300 to 1,000 deaths.
21. Starting a war that took the lives of 620,000 soldiers and 50,000 civilians and caused incalculable economic loss.
22. Being an enemy of free market capitalism.
23. Being an economic illiterate and espousing the labor theory of value.
24. Supporting a disastrous public works project in Illinois and continuing to support the same policies oblivious of the consequences.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Unbelievable that a supposedly conservative website would filter the word s.e.c.e.s.s.i.o.n.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Unbelievable that a supposedly conservative website would filter the word s.e.c.e.s.s.i.o.n.

Dante on October 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

That’s because it’s a “flag word” for both federal watchdogs and libtard trolls. We don’t need to attract more attention from either than we can reasonably help, especially not the former.

BTW, nice Confederate propaganda list. Too bad you can do nothing but repost tripe.

MelonCollie on October 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM