To place any dependence upon militia is assuredly resting upon a broken staff. Men just dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life, unaccustomed to the din of arms, totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill … makes them timid and ready to fly from their own shadows. – George Washington
The “Three Percent” is a throwback to the American Revolution; a time where historians say that, at any time during the war, roughly three percent of colonial Americans raised arms against the British. I’ve gone on record as stating that the federal government is punching above its constitutional weight and that we need to reign in government through the ballot box. If the ballot box should fail – should elected politicians continue to become destructive to the ends of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness – then our recourse is the soap box followed by resistance followed by the bullet box. This is solely in defense because we are the defenders, not aggressors. And this is only a radical sentiment if you are a) a disproportionate beneficiary of government; b) a malefactor of government; c) a peddler of the status quo; or d) a statist progressive.
The greatest gift you can give to your children is a free society. If I’m not passing down to the next generation a freer society than I inherited, then I’ve failed my primary responsibility as We the People. Although I don’t make a habit of speaking for all Three Percenters, this is an inherent feeling among them. We want to ensure the next generation is free. We have the moral high ground.
So it’s in the spirit of the Three Percent that I’ll say this: many people who consider themselves members of the Three Percent are going to become societal and environmental casualties. I’m not even talking about combat; I’m talking about what they’ll do before we need them.
We’re unfortunately a fringe group and that disturbs me to no end. The fewer of us there are, the heavier we’ll have to lift individually. Even among those who agree that state-sponsored soft tyranny is daily practice, many Americans are still unwilling to call it what it is. Our Liberty is under attack now and your children’s Liberty will be under attack tomorrow. The state has become more powerful, converting social power into state power every year for the past 235 years; and less discerning in their application. The 20th century was perhaps the worst for political losses for We the People and most in those generations slumped over in their intellectual graves having done little to nothing to curb the increases of unconstitutional state authority. Still today, many like-minded Americans are unable to gear up for Liberty.
Some, I don’t know how many, Three Percenters speak more loudly – especially over the internet – than they’re willing to back up. When and if we need them, they are going to leave us hanging. Their talk is the Judas Kiss. They won’t be willing to risk their lives, their fortunes, or their sacred honor for the legacy our Founders did. The Three Percent isn’t the societal norm. It’s not the average mindset of Americans today – obviously. It’s the embodiment of the courage of the Founding Fathers. As one witty saying goes, “Thomas Jefferson would be shooting already.” But before we get to that point, if we even have to, we will be deserted by some “Three Percenters” because the road is too rough or the valley too deep.
George Washington said that depending on the militia of the day was like depending on a broken staff. We see a lot of militia activity today. No doubt, the militia movement is growing more now than ever in the past several generations. I applaud the Oathkeepers and other military veterans for committing to honor their oaths to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. These are the people, I believe, we can count on. We’ve counted on them before when we were all in uniform in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, and countless other countries where we’ve experienced the threat of the enemy.
But there are those who are gearing up now, spending their money on the sharpest AR-15s, the coolest ACOG scopes and forward grips, and the most mil-spec camouflage uniforms; but spend no time learning tactics. As they say, amateurs argue gear and professionals argue tactics. There’s nothing wrong with getting dependable gear but if you don’t have an expert knowledge of employment, you may as well not have all that high tech gear. Those of you who spend more time on gear than learning how to use it, just remember that by purchasing all this gear, you (in reality or fantasy) are expecting to out shoot those who shoot for a living. As I wrote above, many of you will stay in fantasy mode even when the rest of us needs you. For the rest of you, get with a reputable training organization and keep your brothers sharp – physically, mentally, spiritually, and morally.
Still there are those who parade on Facebook and other places, shooting their mouths off – which is ordinarily fine if you don’t break the law. The problem is that there are groups – say the government of the future – who want to end your speech. If they see your profile or follow you on Facebook, they know your parents, your wife/girlfriend, children, siblings, etc. In worse off countries, family members are routinely tortured or killed for the sake of silencing one individual. Those groups or governments don’t need to know where you are, they just need to know where the soft targets are. Will our nation ever resemble those of lesser democratic societies? Who knows but use discretion for crying out loud.
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