Far too often do I see blog writings and social media posts where “Patriots” and militia members espouse to be “ready” to face the stormtroopers. Anyone who now says he’s ready to take arms against them is a fool. Think of the enormity of what you’re saying. This post is directed at them; please ensure widest dissemination.
The Battle of Brooklyn was the largest and first major battle the United States fought against the British. It was also a rout for the British, forcing the Americans out of New York and into full retreat.
A few excerpts from the first chapter of Forgotten Patriots:
By daybreak… [the British] proceeded to descend on the unsuspecting Americans from behind, cutting them down almost at will. …
[A British officer gloated,] “It was a fine sight to see with what alacrity they dispatched the rebels with their bayonets, after we had surrounded them so they could not resist. Multitudes were drowned and suffocated in morasses – a proper punishment for all Rebels.” One report had American riflemen spitted into trees with bayonets.
From east to west, American lines collapsed in waves of confusion and panic…
The Hessians who captured Thomas Foster, a Pennsylvania rifleman, stripped him of his clothes, then “put a cord about his neck and hanged him up to the limb of a tree, where they suffered him to remain until he was almost strangled.” Eventually, they cut him down and revived him with a little rum – then strung him up again, cut him down, and strung him up a third time… Hessians had murdered a number of Americans this way after they had thrown down their weapons.
Not two months after the Declaration of Independence, the Battle of Brooklyn – a label it acquired almost immediately – dealt the American cause a potentially fatal blow. In its first head-on test against seasoned professional soldiers, the ill-trained and poorly equipped Continental Army had been routed with ease… Never again would Washington risk an encounter on such a scale.
“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
There’s a teachable lesson here. The next time you see or hear someone say they’re ready; remind them of this story. Those people propose to out-shoot people who shoot for a living; the amateur shooter versus the professional soldier. If you say you’re committed to your III brothers and let them down, then you are worse than our common enemy. If you say you’re committed and ready to be “dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life,” then you had better be able to back it up. Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.
UPDATE: I guess I didn’t really get my point across. Here it is: if you are Liberty-committed and you aren’t training to fight, then you’re training to die, just like the militia in the Battle of Brooklyn who were dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life. Are you training to be combat effective more than once? The militia that General Washington spoke of probably isn’t too far off from much of the militia and III% movement right now. I don’t care how well you shoot on the range. Put on gear and go for a ruck march or ruck run. Do a hundred meter sprint and then fire your rifle. There’s a huge difference. That’s all.