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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Vanderboegh: Resolve

by Mike Vanderboegh
5 November 2008

"Change has come to America." -- Barack Hussein Obama


If I may, I'd like to begin my first essay of the Obama regime by thanking U.S. Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, for clarifying matters.

As reported in Michael Calderone's Politico.com blog, there was "an emotional moment on ABC News, as Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis told Charlie Gibson that today's election was 'a nonviolent revolution.'"

Well, yes, thank you. But revolution against what? Overturning what? The name-calling, nervous-nellie opposition bloggers within the dyspeptic "Second Amendment community" have been accusing us Three Precenters of seeking a revolution. My thanks to Rep. Lewis for reminding us that the revolutionists, Gramscian and otherwise, are on the collectivist side of this argument, thus proving my point that we are in fact Restorationists.

All we seek is the restoration of the Founder's Republic.

Death Knell: "The masks are going to come off."

There is of course much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst the "pragmatists" about the utter failure of their politics. Indeed, as I know from personal emails, there is even despair and some panic in some of my fellow Three Percenters. I am grateful to my good e-friend "thedweeze" for forwarding this commentary from Perry de Havilland in London.

It says much of what I was going to say and does it more clearly and with fewer words.

Unlike many, well, most of my compatriots, I am not filled with a deep sense of gloom and foreboding at the prospect of the most left wing president since FDR gaining the White House. In truth, I can see many reasons to think it may well be a far better outcome than if a Big State Republican like McCain won.

Of course Obama will bring an avalanche of policies that will be truly appalling and quite wicked, of that I have no doubt, much like his predecessors in office in that respect. As the global economy continues to come unglued, everything Obama does to deal with the mounting crises will I fact make things worse. Civil liberties will be hammered, all in the name of 'fairness', and the flood of regulations pertaining to every aspect of economic life will grow into a drowning ocean.

And that is actually the good news.

Why? Because in truth the Republicans under John "I support the bailout" McCain would scarcely have done much better. The economic global meltdown is only just starting to roll: if you think the sub-prime mortgage crisis was the biggie, just wait until you see the fallout from the fun and frolics of the impending mess in other areas, such as debt swaps. This is all going to get worse, a lot worse, and Obama is going to do absolutely everything to dig the holes deeper. Looking back on this period ten to twenty years from now, the Republicans crying into their beer tonight will be saying "thank Christ it was not us in office then".

The lesser evil is not going to win this time and much as it may not seem that way now... or any time soon I suspect... in the long run this has a far far better chance of leading to the rebirth of a genuine pro-liberty, pro-market political culture that the gradual incremental surrender of recent times made impossible.

Many will find the glee of the statist left over the next few days and weeks hard to endure, but to be honest I have been walking around with a grin all day. Finally the era of gradualism is over and the masks are going to come off. The USA has voted for statism and it is going to get exactly what it voted for at a juncture in history where it will very quickly be impossible to hide the cost of those votes.

Obama is not the start of a new era - he is the death knell for the old one.

I agree, although I hasten to add the little prayer, "From his mouth to God's ears."

"Entering the Grey Zone"

Some of you might think that de Havilland and I are engaging in pollyannaish wishful thinking given the crisis we are about to face. However, it is not only gunnies of various stripes who are panicked at the thought of an Obama presidency.

An old friend of mine called me the other day to report that an FBI agent in the west had confessed his fears at church last Sunday. Obama, he worried aloud, was going to shove him and his agency where he did not wish to go. They were, he feared, "entering the grey zone." Now there is more than one way to interpret those words, but he made one thing explicit. He had zero interest in dying for the cause of gun confiscation. No doubt such thoughts are flickering through many minds in the federal law enforcement bureaucracy at this moment.

This is something for us Three Percenters to keep in mind. He fears the scenario of my novel "Absolved."

You know, "Absolved" is but the first of a trilogy. I will make a tiny news ripple here by saying that the titles of the follow-on books are "Resolved" and "Dissolved." As with everything else I write, this is grounded in the history of the Founding generation.

On 7 June 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a three-part resolution to Congress, which read in part:

RESOLVED, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are ABSOLVED from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally DISSOLVED.

As a scribbler, I love the English language. We use one word in so many different ways and having so many different meanings that they become elements of logical poetry - sometimes illogical poetry if you believe any of my many critics.

Take the word "resolve."

Here are some definitions of 'resolve' on the Web:

- decide: bring to an end; settle conclusively; as in "The case was decided"

- conclude: reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

- purpose: reach a decision; as in "he resolved never to be fooled again"

- answer: understand the meaning of; as in "The question concerning the size of Senator Schumer's ego cannot be answered"

- make clearly visible; as in "can this image be resolved?"

- find the solution; as in "solve an equation"

- resoluteness: the trait of being resolute; as in "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"

Resoluteness, purpose, decision, visibility, solution. These are multiple meanings but each has black-and-white clarity.

And make no mistake, it is our resolve which will carry us through "the grey zone." Let others doubt. We Three Percenters must not. We must be purposeful, resolute and decisive, even when the "pragmatists" are running around like chickens with their heads cut of, or slumping disconsolately in the corner as if someone pulled the plug on their video game.

No "Fort Sumters"

My Wolverine Grandpa used to say, 'When in peril or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." He usually said it ironically when someone nearby was doing exactly that. He also would offer, "It might help if he flapped his arms." This is what is happening in many corners of our nation today, and it is exactly and precisely what we must not do.

Here, I think, is what we must do:

1. "Take not counsel of your fears." In the coming period many rumors will sweep the blogosphere. Imminent danger will perceived from a million different directions. But here is how we should conduct ourselves.

"Wilson, I'm a damned sight smarter man than Grant; I know more about organization, supply and administration and about everything else than he does, but I'll tell you where he beats me and where he beats the world. He don't care a damn for what the enemy does out of his sight but it scares me like hell." -- William Tecumseh Sherman as recalled by James Harrison Wilson, in Under the Old Flag.

Now Sherman wasn't saying that Grant should fail to seek through intelligence-gathering or scouting what the dispositions and the intentions of the enemy were. He was saying that you don't let your fears affect how you fight the enemy in front of you. Sherman also recalled that Grant worried less about what the enemy was going to do him and more about what HE was going to do the the enemy. As Three Percenters, we must only react to what we see and know and not some rumored threat. Above all, we must not lose our cool. We must always remain under control, and ready.

2. Work on the credibility of your deterrence. Deterrence only works if it's credible. We must ready ourselves for whatever comes. That means training, physical fitness, building up logistical bases, more training, marksmanship competence, organization, more logistics, more training.

We have our enemy's promises that they will negate any possibility of our using the standard methods of politics against them. They have won the "majority vote" decision.


But if we are to avoid conflict, we must convince them of how little this actually buys them in the way of power. We do that by building up the armed citizenry, one three-man buddy team, one six-man fire team and one squad at a time. Don't advertise. Friends and neighbors will do nicely.

And remember, you're doing this in case the deterrence doesn't work. This is as real as it gets, folks.

Act like it.

3. No "Fort Sumters." This means exactly and precisely what it says. We must not fire first.

Neither were the leaders of the Confederacy eager to start a war. Jefferson Davis and his cabinet, sitting in their offices in Montgomery (Alabama), much preferred to negotiate until they got their way. They always had, after all. In fact, Southerners in general considered Northerners to be incapable of standing up to them. They had seceded thinking the North would "just let them go." Should it come to civil war they were confident that the great European powers, desperately needing cotton for their mills, would intervene on the side of the Confederacy. The one possibility the South never considered was the one that actually happened: that the North would actually fight an all out civil war rather than let the Union be shattered and that England and France would not come to the aid of the South. Lincoln's adroit handling of the matter left Montgomery with few choices. If they attacked Fort Sumter, they'd lose both their moral high ground and their Northern allies. -- Joe Wheeler, Abraham Lincoln, Howard Books, 2008

We don't fire first, nor second, nor perhaps even third. This does not mean we can't defend ourselves. We must.

What it does mean is that the rest of don't react until everyone understands that it is collective self-defense. We must not cede the moral high ground.

If the Confederacy had not fired on Sumter, what would Lincoln have done? Whatever it was would have cost him the moral high ground and political legitimacy. And for the brave new world of imperial presidency that he was embarked upon, that might have led to an entirely different result. Division in the North, perhaps even impeachment. It is our enemies who are the revolutionists and the aggressors.

Take a stand on familiar ground and their appetites will do the rest. They will come to us. Just be ready. Then when it is apparent, ACT, at once and collectively, on familiar ground of our own choosing and in enlightened self-defense on a large scale seeking only the criminally culpable.

Which brings me to another component of the moral high ground:

4. And no OKC Bombings. The terrorist bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building on 19 April 1995 was more than the operation of "lone wolf" McVeigh, but I am not here to argue that largely undiscovered history.

Even if we accept the FBI explanation for it (and I do not), McVeigh targeted a building filled with non-combatants including a day care full of babies that could be plainly seen from the street or in a cursory reconnaissance of the building. It was simple terrorism and was used by the Clintonistas to discredit all their enemies, up to and including Rush Limbaugh.

So here's a warning for all you people who are seduced by the dialectic of 'The Turner Diaries'.

If you claim to fight monsters, it is important not to become one yourself. And I say to my fellow sheepdogs, that if you find someone who claims to be one of us turning feral, rip his throat out. This is the latest installment of the eternal struggle between sheepdogs and wolves.

Sheepdogs do not prey on sheep. They kill wolves.

Keep the difference firmly in mind.

5. Be patient.
The raids do not begin tomorrow. It will take some time for the new regime to begin to suck up its courage, lay the "legal" predicate for its unconstitutional actions, tighten its grip and begin to squeeze.

We still have time to prepare, recruit, organize, train.

If, that is, we have resolve.

As a good old friend of mine just reminded me, this is not new. Like the Israelites, the American people have asked for a King and one has been given to them.

But I recall that the Founders went into battle, crying "No King but Jesus!" My agnostic and libertarian friends would doubtless choke on the last two words of that battle cry.

Let us at least agree on "No King!"

Let us also be prepared, trained, and patient -- but holding on ready. Let us never cede the moral high ground nor become the monsters we fight. But if our enemies insist upon it, let us fight for and let us win the restoration of the Founders' Republic.

In a word, let us be resolved.


Blogger jonathan said...

tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.

November 5, 2008 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

OK, we as a nation voted for this abomination and his Party. I'm pissed, I'm aghast, I'm afraid for the future of this nation.


We've got to pick ourselves up, learn whatever lessons are appropriate, prepare for the worst and plan for the best - in short, we've got to decide to persevere, despite the odds, despite whatever hardships we may have to suffer. Our ideals, our country, our future is simply too important to roll over and let the other bastards win.

"Be careful what you wish for, you may get it."

I don't know who said that first, but it applies to the Dems and liberals now. They wanted the Presidency and control of the Congress. OK, you @ssholes have it - now what are you going to do with it? Imposing newer and higher taxes, and mountains of new regulations, won't succeed in making us prosperous. Spending much more money on various income-redistribution schemes and "stimulous" packages won't help the economy except (superficially) in the short run. None of their garbage policies worked in the past ANYWHERE, and they won't work here, now. Before too long, their accusation that the economic problems are "Bush's fault" will get old and fall on deaf ears. They may have won the election, but they have not and CANNOT wint he war of ideas - because their ideas are directly in opposition to human nature.

There are some bright spots:

Hillary will NEVER be POTUS.

Racism as a crutch for lack of achievement is DEAD - FOREVER (which means that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of the race-baiters are out of a job - that's why Jesse was crying last night).

The Republican Party has been slapped, but good, and out of the ashes a new leadership with a new (old, actually) idea about government and its proper relationship to the people. We have a decent chance to eliminate the Democrat-lite attitude of a lot of RINOs for a generation. Their policies didn't produce electoral success or good policies, and must fall by the wayside.

The remaining Republicans in the Senate can, if they find their backbones somewhere, stop ANY bad legislation via a filibuster. We as citizens must constantly remind them that we know this and are watching - especially by communicating with those Republicans up for re-election in 2010 and the Senate leadership.

I'm going to take the advice in the column, to beef up my small part of the defences of our Republic.

"That means training, physical fitness, building up logistical bases, more training, marksmanship competence, organization, more logistics, more training."

Physical fitness: RESOLVED, no more candy, ice cream, milkshakes, etc. for this lardass. I'm going to start slowly with some light calesthenics - pushups, situps, squats - some light work on the treadmill, a bit of work with light weights...until I'm accustomed to the work, and then I'm dialing it up. I'm between 45 and 50, so I've had at least a couple dozen experiences with becoming over-excited about getting in shape, over-doing it, and paying a horrible price for many days or longer. That discourages continued work and improvement, so I'm not going to fool myself. Slow and steady, just the way I got fat and soft. Anyhow, by the time the SOB takes the oath, I'll have lost 12-15 pounds and be OK, and nothing could possibly happen along the lines of "Absolved" for at least a few training-filled months after that.

Logistics: RESOLVED, I will work hard at my job (after this post) so that I can earn more, be more self-sufficient and buy more equipment and supplies. I'm going to concentrate on improving my existing equipment - make it more reliable, more accurate, more capable. Acquire spare parts, scopes, accurize, etc. Acquire more ammo, mags, reloading components, etc. Clothing will always be available, some of those items may not be (or not for a reasonable price), so they come first.

Training and marksmanship: RESOLVED, go to the range more, become more familiar with my weapons, attend some kind of a class on long-range rifle and something on short-range tactics. Play paintball with some like-minded folks - but play with a purpose, to learn. Work up 1 or 2 standard long-range loads for MY guns at short, medium and long ranges.

Organization: RESOLVED, I'm going to figure out what the Hell to do here. I've got to find a few people of like mind in my area, learn to trust them and give them a lot of reasons to do the same, and actually do something in terms of organization.

In short, we lovers of Liberty have just been cold-cocked (yes, even though we could see it coming for years or decades). We've been knocked on our asses by a large and determined opponent. But he's complacent, he's basking in the glory of his victory. Time to pick ourselves off the canvas, shake of the pain, and resolve to win. To do anything else is un-American. For the sake of my future and for my kids, I shall never give up.


November 5, 2008 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Great job, Jonathan. Thanks!

Anon #1: Your comment will be an entry soon. Tx!

November 6, 2008 at 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We did it to ourselves.

The problem is that most Americans think their civic duty begins and ends on November Fourth.

During the primaries, we had dozens of choices - including a staunch, no-nonsense Constitutionalist.

But what did we do? We kept our eyes and ears and mouths shut until the liberal media made the choice of two candidates for us.

So... you wanna be shot? Or you wanna be stabbed?

The rational choice of a strict Constitutionalist was off the table months ago - because the three percenters (and most everyone else) was asleep while the choice between Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum was being arranged.

November 6, 2008 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Not asleep, Anon.


We Paul supporters didn't have the firepower and got shot off the field.

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.

November 6, 2008 at 2:39 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Happy to be of service, Mike!

I thought about a response all day, ended up in an email...looks like David will post it tomorrow.

a/k/a thedweeze

November 6, 2008 at 5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were plenty of 'Paul folks - but they didn't know Parliamentary Procedures, and they were not organized - hence they were shut down at many of the State conventions.

I don't believe the Big Tent Republicans have gotten the message and in fact the message they have gotten is - "we must give up these conservative ideals - they are losing us elections". According the MN Governor Pawlenty - the "Conservative idea well is empty, we must accept and embrace 'Global Warming' and protecting the environment" or something along those lines. 'Zee Party' must be purged of RINO's like Pawlenty, Coleman, Senjen and their supporters before it can be resurrected as a conservative organization that puts forth true Statesman for the electorate


November 6, 2008 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger waypasthadenough said...

No. 1 - Please switch to another server than google. The bastards never remember my password. I have to re-register every damn time.

One point, maybe, on Sumter: It doesn't matter who fires first. We are such a tiny minority the newswhores will present us as 'terrorists' no matter how 'justified' we feel we are in fighting back. The Branch Davidians were murdered in their homes but it was OK because, of well, most know all the non PC crap they were accused of.

Fort Sumter was on Southern land, property. After the state seceded the Federal Govt. had no right to maintain a fortress or any other military site there. Lincoln knew if he sent ships to supply/reinforce the fort the S.C. military would have no choice but to fire upon it. The tyrant who killed 600,000 young men and countless civilians so he could keep taxing the southern states set them up.

They'll set us up as well, in a thousand different ways. Every time some guy with a closet full of guns, ammo, food, camping gear is taken out by the black-suited Nazis the newswhores will coo over it and the sheeple will breathe a sigh of relief.

Our backs are already against the wall. That is the sad truth. The only choice left to us, unless a lot of ‘mainstream’ conservatives, republicrats, NRA rich guys, dittoheads, etc. pull their heads out of their asses and come to fully understand this situation and develop the resolve to deal with it, is whether to go out with dignity or while sucking whatever they stick in our face. To fully understand the second choice go here: http://www.zombietime.com/up_your_alley_2008/

The only hope is to get the average dumbass mccommie voter to understand what we are really up against and what it will probably take to fight it.

Otherwise rent and watch the movie “Michael Collins’ for a taste of what awaits us. Only we won’t have the luxury of a national govt. or organization to provide miss-guidance.

If you still don’t understand start with my quotes page:

November 6, 2008 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Vanderboegh said...

"Otherwise rent and watch the movie “Michael Collins’ for a taste of what awaits us. Only we won’t have the luxury of a national govt. or organization to provide miss-guidance."

Ironically, this is already part of a chapter called "Nemesis" in Absolved. The beginning is called "The Six Apostles" and references Collins, the movie, the original Twelve Apostles, etc.

Whether Sumter was southern property or not, Lincoln maneuvered them into a fatal blunder.

NO Fort Sumters.

Mike Vanderboegh

PS: One does not need a national command staff to use Collins' tactics and strategy. Wait and read the excerpt from Nemesis/Absolved. It'll be up by next Monday, I think.

November 6, 2008 at 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Second Amendment Freedom said...

I find organizing the most difficult task.. particularly when it comes to trusting others and considering my remote location.

I voted for Ron Paul during the primaries and to this day am still irate at how everything turned out.

Let's hope Ron Paul runs in 2012 and pray we make it that far without any major crisis.

November 7, 2008 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Madman said...

Re: resolving to get some rifle marksmanship training -- please check out the Appleseed program. It's dirt cheap foor what you get, and it will teach you how to become a true Rifleman (i.e. make torso hits out to 500+ yards with nothing but iron sights, how to zero your rifle in only 3 shots, etc). It also provides excellent history lessons about the Riflemen of the Revolutionary War and their importance and contributions to our fight for Liberty in such a way that it can induce goosebumps when you truly comprehend. See www.appleseedinfo.org for more information about the program and dates of upcoming training events.

November 7, 2008 at 5:15 AM  
Blogger jonathan said...

ron paul is done running and if you're still putting your faith in a man instead of a message then you haven't learned a single thing from all of this.

organizing is precisely the wrong task. organizing creates a target, even if it's just a talking point.

and be careful of appleseed shoots. anybody can show up to shoot alongside you. don't let it stop you from going, but don't make too many new friends. they may talk the talk, but you don't know that they have your back in a tight spot.

November 7, 2008 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all idiots. Sorry, most of you are idiots. You think you can subsitute your beliefs and opinions for the will of the people. You repeatedly use a thinly veiled threat of violence in the hope of incitement and intimidation. I wonder if Timothy McVeigh was a hero to many of you. Just because you think you are right doesn't mean you are.

March 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

And sadly, almost all collectivists do not and cannot understand people who are willing to go into harm's way for individual freedom and political liberty.

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito

Do not give in to Evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.

March 24, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

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