“Tyrants preserve themselves by sowing fear and mistrust among the citizens by means of spies, by distracting them with foreign wars, by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action…” ... AristotleYou'd think ole "Ari" might have been peering through some sort of cosmic window into modern day America some 2300 years ago with comments such as those above. There's another way to look at it, as well. One can grudgingly admit that the Greeks, of 2300 years ago, were smarter than modern Americans. In my estimation -- you'd be right. So, I tend to go with the latter explanation.See, America is building a head of steam preparing to go to war with itself a second time at this very moment. This is not unusual -- not in America. We have already had two revolutions. You may recall the American Revolution against Great Britain and the second -- the War for Southern Independence, often erroneously referred to as the American Civil War, or the War Between the States.
It is such idiocy as this that brings men to grapple at each other's throat. And here we are again, preparing to do battle with each other, brother against brother, over an issue that was settled two and a half centuries ago.At first glance it appears to be lunacy of the highest order -- and yet -- here we are on the cusp of violence to defend something the political left, an authoritarian cabal itself, cannot abide, AT ALL: personal freedom, individual freedom.Remember that Aristotle said: "Tyrants preserve themselves by ... by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action… .” Could this be why over a dozen of the US's highest military officers have been hounded from service in recent months? Is it why this financial crises has dragged on and on ... to keep us humble and incapable of decisive action? And now they intend to disarm us.Look. There is so much pent-up anger in America today that if this argument over gun control ever gets beyond the talking stage it is reasonable to believe there will be violence on a scale not seen since the 1860's in this country. I would ask the political left if they understand that this is only a temporary argument over gun control? Do they understand it will quickly become an argument over whether or not the country continues to exist as a single fifty state entity or breaks up into separate countries? I don't think they do. Indeed, I don't think most Americans understand that once this fight begins, in earnest, there will be no turning back and when it is ended -- there will be no going back, either. I don't want a war in my homeland, either. But, dear reader, THIS is exactly how they begin.J. D. Longstreet is a conservative “Carolina Boy.” A Southern American (A native sandlapper (South Carolinian) and an adopted Tar Heel -- A North Carolinian) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in “America First.” J. D. Longstreet is a very proud direct descendent of several Confederate soldiers. He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an “in the field” and “on-air” news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator. Longstreet is a veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A lifelong Christian, Longstreet subscribes to “old Lutheranism” to express and exercise his faith.