Words of wisdom sent in from the Panhandle Rancher. Read it a couple times. It makes so much sense – 157 years ago as well as today.
– – Rourke
“The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others…”
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”- Frederick Douglass, August 3, 1857, in a speech at Canandaigua, New York
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I suppose it has been forgotten by many, perhaps most, that we didn’t get here by happenstance. Nothing about where our nation finds itself today is incidental or accidental. We got here through struggle and yes… violence. I understand that violence is deplored but in many ways it has proven to be indispensable, unavoidable and valuable. It’s been used as a means of public protest, as a threat of insurrection and outright revolution, and it is used by the bureaucratic state to coerce and manipulate. Where would we be without the violence of the American Revolution or Martin Luther King jr’s knowing that the violence he knew would be inflicted against his peaceful protest would disgust a nation and force social and moral change. Every generation has it’s struggles as we have ours and I think they are the same. No freedom or right or liberty is permanent, they must be defended forever. Today we struggle against unjust laws, abusive officials, bureaucratic injustice and the entitlement state. Our responses will not be decided by us but by how far the elite are willing to go to maintain control. I often wonder how the people will view us 150 years from now. Of course how they view us will depends on their circumstance. Will they be looking back with great gratitude from that mythical ‘shinning city on a hill’…. or from the graveyard of a fallen empire, an empire where the people once ruled.
In the very beginning of the novel, “the godfather” ,mario puzo includes a quote from balzac i believe, “power is never granted, it is always taken.”
its been going on in the same fashion since time immemorial.
D, yes they were. John Gault, an old saying comes to mind, The Tree of Liberty needs to nourished occasionally by the blood of both friend and foe, my fear is it may be feeding time in the not to distant future as I see more and more people starting to prepare for hard times.
Two quotes stick in my mind after reading the information above. The first is from Frederick Douglass: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” The 2nd, similar to the “old saying” from JohnP “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson. I also believe we are dangerously close confrontation, between an unconstitutional government and the patriots with the brains to see their liberties eroding. I predict it will start over guns. Something will trigger a federal attempt to confiscate weapons, be it economic collapse and Martial Law, another tragedy like Sandy Hook, or a terrorist incident blamed on firearms advocates. Most of the media will vilify the gun owners. Odds are NOT in our favor. Then again, neither was the outlook for Washington’s men…..
The only thing preventing blood in the street today is the lack of a leader. At this point, there are many people who are up to or past their limit with the current oppression by the tyrannical government in this nation. It’s been building over the years, it is not just Obama, but the culmination of a series of events. The only reason you don’t see action is that there is no leader available to make the call.