“A SCORPION and a Frog meet on the bank of a stream and the Scorpion asks the Frog to carry him across on its back. The Frog asks, ‘How do I know you won’t sting me?’ The Scorpion says, ‘Because if I do, I will die too.’ The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the Scorpion stings the Frog. The Frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp ‘Why?’ The Scorpion replies: ‘It is my nature…’ ” Aesop’s Fable, The Scorpion and the Frog
“WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: ‘Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.’ ‘Indeed’, bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, ‘I was not then born.’ Then said the Wolf, ‘You feed in my pasture.’ ‘No, good sir’, replied the Lamb, ‘I have not yet tasted grass.’ Again said the Wolf, ‘You drink of my well.’ ‘No’, exclaimed the Lamb, ‘I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.’ Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, ‘Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.’ The tyrant will always have a pretext for his tyranny” Aesop’s Fable, The Wolf and the Lamb
“Lee raised a hand. ‘General Pickett, I want you to reform your Division in the rear of this hill.’ Pickett’s eyes lighted as if a sudden pain had shot through him. He started to cry. Lee said again with absolute calm, ‘General, you must look to your Division.’ Pickett said tearfully, voice of a bewildered angry boy. ‘General Lee, I have no Division.’ He pointed back down the hill, jabbing at the blowing smoke, the valley of wrecked men, turned and shuddered, waving, then saying, ‘Sir? What about my men?’ as if even now there was still something Lee could do to fix it. ‘What about my men? Armistead is gone. Kemper is gone. All my colonels are gone. General, every one. Most of my men are gone. Good God, sir, what about my men?” Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
“Having thus taken each citizen in turn in its powerful grasp and shaped him to its will, government then extends its embrace to include the whole of society. It covers the whole of social life with a network of petty, complicated rules that are both minute and uniform, through which even men of the greatest originality and the most vigorous temperament cannot force their heads above the crowd. It does not break men’s will, but softens, bends and guides it; it seldom enjoins, but often inhibits, action; it does not destroy anything, but prevents much being born; it is not at all tyrannical, but it hinders, restrains, enervates, stifles, and stultifies so much that in the end each nation is no more than a flock of timid and hard-working animals with the government as its shepherd.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Taken together, these extracts, warn lovers of freedom, at this time, to react cautiously to a major defeat in the war against progressive socialism. Greed, stupidity, and an excessive desire for personal wealth on the part of Republicans, when in office, opened up the opportunity for the hard left to gain power. Tyrants listen to reasoned argument only to treat it with open contempt; that is their nature, they can do no less and no more. The progressive socialists currently have the divisions, and freedom lovers do not. Ideas are always trumped by power as the Emperor Napoleon recognized in his contemptuous dismissal of the Vatican: ‘How many divisions has the Pope?’ General James Longstreet was correct and General Robert E. Lee was mistaken. One should never attempt to defeat a significantly superior force by a massed assault against a heavily fortified position.
An out-numbered army in defeat is tempted to engage in open battle on every available occasion. That is the stuff that legends are made of; but it is also the certain Road to Appomattox. Now is the time for freedom lovers to regroup, to rethink their strategies, to engage in a defensive guerrilla warfare, designed to encourage the tyrant to overreach, to over extend his lines of supply, and then to turn and take him down.
Make no mistake, lovers of freedom are now engaged in a Great War, a war that will determine whether the United States can survive as a Land of Liberty. To open up an opportunity for victory, what is now required is not an aggressive General Lee at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, but a defensive General Kutuzov at Borodino on September 7, 1812. The date for that battle is November 2012, not March 21, 2010, when the forces of freedom are still significantly under-manned and ill-prepared for a decisive engagement.