The Hill We All Must Choose

I’m sitting here on the back porch this morning after few busy but awesome days of Thanksgiving. I have a nice warm fire going in our pit that’s taking the slight chill off the morning air and 25 feet away there are 8 does, a buck and two fawns munching away at the corn we put out for them daily.

The sound of the song birds is occasionally punctuated by that damn rooster in our coop, crowing his feathered ass off as he is want to do in the mornings, sometimes at O’dark frigging-thirty. Regardless, the fresh laid eggs from his harem are worth the minor annoyance of him exercising his considerable if annoying, vocal talents.

I’m home again. I haven’t spent much time out in the real country since I was a lad and summered with my maternal grandmother in western Maryland. Since those days of long ago, I’ve been forced by employment to live in or close to the cities. Not anymore. Last Wednesday marked the end of the daily hell-ute to Austin and back through miserable traffic getting to the northern side of the city. Monday brings me a pleasant ride of 20 minutes to a new job on the outskirts of a little town nearby. No interstate highways or local expressways to slow me down. Just a great country road with a 65 mph speed limit, typical of rural Texas. I might see 20 vehicles the whole ride in, if it’s a busy day.

Life is good, now that I’ve closed another chapter in my book of life. I’ve found peace in an unexpected turn of events that can only be considered His will and plan for me.

My beloved country is going to hell at warp speed and we all need to consider what hill we’re ready to die on, if needs be. This place is defensible to the max, and we even could conceal and confuse an aerial assault for awhile here. Lots of heavy woods in all directions and only one way in and out for vehicles along a perfect ambush route. We can live off-the-grid for a long time here with the resources at hand.

This is a very good hill to die on, under the Lone Star flag. Living here gives one the insight that the patriots at San Antonio de Bexar knew. This place was and is worth fighting and dying for.

A better man than I had this to say.

I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land & best prospects for health I ever saw is here, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country to settle. Davey Crockett- Letter to his children (9 January 1836)

He died with the rest of those immortal ones in the defense and creation of Texas. He chose his hill and I guess I’m not too far off choosing this place too.

G-d gave this land for those worthy of it and capable of recognizing it’s beauty and value. A place where we can find peace and the freedom to do as we please, be it prosper or failure, but of our own free will, without the tyranny of other men OR their creations of repressive governments to lord over us at every turn.

I’ve found a pretty good hill. My prayer friends is that you find yours as well.

Time to refill my coffee and carry on with what the day holds here at the ranch.

-Carry On

11 comments

  1. 1

    I guess I’ll light it up a little here JB.

    My hill is not the one that I choose to die on, it’s the one that I live freely on and will continue to do so. Martyring yourself
    ala Crockett and Travis and Bowie is a quaint notion but an outdated one, and one that won’t work today. You really can’t
    go off the grid completely, trust me, the feds know where you and all of us are just because we post here. Ask Deej how easy it is to find someone through their digital footprint. As for holing up and yelling Molon Labe, you will probably
    be yelling that to nothing, until the guided hellfire comes knocking at your front door. That’s how it will be done.

    My point is that all this talk here about “killing them all and hanging them from lampposts” is great rhetoric, but that’s all it is. Marching in line of battle or digging Western Front style defensive works are doomed to failure…..my reference to Hellfires stands here too……none of you will get very far and you certainly won’t die as martyrs, you’ll die as propaganda icons for the other side.

    There are a few here that keep clamoring about opening the fourth box and starting the shooting war, even going so far as to call for the killing of the families of those socialists that they target…..well my question to you is What in the hell is stopping you? light it up and see how far you get and how much propagandist and actual damage you do to the rest of us by your fool actions…I’ve said it before here, and have debated some of the more vocal hotheads here about it, but this war needs to be fought from the inside. We need to infiltrate the political parties (both of them), we need to retake the media outlets, and we need to get inside the education system to eliminate the indoctrination that goes on there.That is how we take it back and how we preserve what this country stands for, not by waiting to die in a forlorn hope but by changing things……one mind one institution at a time. I’ll keep my ammo dry and my rifles and pistols cleaned and oiled, but that is more for home protection than fighting a revolution. But, I will fight the revolution in my classroom and through being an insider in the local school district, and by being active in the Tea Party movement….those are the ways that I can fight it from the inside, by changing minds and ways of thinking, by strenghtening OUR message and getting it out, and letting pliable kids know that there is another side to the bullshit that their history and social studies teachers indoctrinate them with. I will do my best to win this coming war but I won’t stand with the hotheads (of which you aren’t one JB my friend) they are a danger to everyone close to them and won’t get much accomplished.

    win it or vent about it, it’s your choice y’all.

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    Jaybear my old friend,

    My hill is not the one that I choose to die on, it’s the one that I live freely on and will continue to do so. Martyring yourself
    ala Crockett and Travis and Bowie is a quaint notion but an outdated one, and one that won’t work today. You really can’t
    go off the grid completely, trust me, the feds know where you and all of us are just because we post here. Ask Deej how easy it is to find someone through their digital footprint. As for holing up and yelling Molon Labe, you will probably
    be yelling that to nothing, until the guided hellfire comes knocking at your front door. That’s how it will be done.

    My point is…….that some things are worth dying for. I was and am, in a bit of a pensive mood today. Being the old FBM submariner I am, my own tactical persuasion leans towards a 5th column type activity as well. Nonetheless this is and will be a spot where I taste freedom daily and that my friend, was my point. I digressed in a different direction as an example of the many places within our Republic that are worthy to fight for, irrespective of what tactics we choose. Indeed, too many of our fellows would go off on a fruitless misadventure of force on force, only to lose against vastly superior weaponry, not available to us.

    I suppose Robert A. Heinlein’s “Sixth Column” was somewhere in my thoughts here.

    As always you bring careful, considered and wise thought to our little community here.

    Thanks Brother !!
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    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    What in the hell is stopping you? light it up and see how far you get and how much propagandist and actual damage you do to the rest of us by your fool actions…I’ve said it before here, and have debated some of the more vocal hotheads here about it, but this war needs to be fought from the inside. We need to infiltrate the political parties (both of them), we need to retake the media outlets, and we need to get inside the education system to eliminate the indoctrination that goes on there.

    The eternal pessimist.

    :em04:

    Here be my opinion, based on a lifetime wasted trying to “fix the system from within – and failing:”

    There is no political solution to any of this. The system itself, the bureaucratic machine, unaccountable in any election, is the real enemy. Not Juggears, not McWeenie, not the sycophantic dick-suckers in the media. They are symptoms of the disease. This labyrinthine “system” is the true plague, and it has been crafted to operate and push the statist agenda regardless of which temporary political muppet stands as the figurehead.

    No, King Barry didn’t tell the IRS to go after the Tea Party. The IRS is a federal appendage attaching threats to itself by reflex. The same with the FBI, TSA, and NSA. Nobody has to tell them to spy on or harass their foes. They automatically abuse their positions and authority to destroy, malign, and marginalize any “legitimate” dangers to their entrenchment.

    In political terms, this “Leviathan” is for all intents and purposes untouchable – short of a complete socioeconomic collapse of our society. No politician -or even coalition of politicians – has the power to do away with them, and this is by deliberate design. The beast is so entrenched in public, private, and corporate America - and has bribed the willing support of so much of the sheeple and crony corporatists – that, to be blunt, any talk of somehow trimming it down is fiction. It’s a pleasant flight of fancy to be sure, and boy it sure would be great if liberty foolishly tossed aside could be won so effortlessly.

    History teaches us a different lesson on the subject however.

    That being said, there are “solutions” that don’t involve screaming “wolverines” at the top of one’s lungs, and charging down a Bradley with your trusty AR. That’s plain and simple suicide. As is bunkering down and trying to mount any sort of defensive action. The Dividians and Weaver can tell you what to expect from that outcome. That’s not to say a fella needs to sit back and continually eat mouthfuls of shit – but you have to be crafty, especially right now.

    Will it come to open warfare? Eventually, yes, I believe we will end up with a shooting war. But the stage has to be properly set first. As our founders well understood, it’s not just a fight, it’s a theatrical production. As such, there are steps that need to be taken first. Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance – and terrible box-office recipts.

    Please refer to my “getting-starting” guide HERE: http://nicedoggie.net/?p=9428#comment-43193

    Will there be a fight? Yeah. Will it be pretty? No. Is right now the time to start hanging them? No – Not unless you’re double 100% (x10) sure you’re able to get away with it.

    Right now is the time for preparing the axillary, putting away supplies, rabble rousing, propaganda, and using the instrumentality of the system to damage the system. It’s time for reconnaissance. It’s when we should be getting in the best shape we can given our age. It’s time for learning – everything from medicine to demolition to car repair. As Heinlin said – specialization is for insects. Get the 4th box battle-ready – but realize that all military weapons have a role, a time, and a place for their proper application. (Proper tool for the proper job at the proper moment).

    It is my fervent belief, based on a lifetime of empirical evidence, that we can’t use the ballot box to fix this rotting carcase. This is not to say elections serve no purpose to the liberty minded soul in a lawless Banana Republic. We can use it to further de-legitimize the system – by electing baffoons, charlatans, and idiots.

    Well… to be honest, not much really needs to be done on that front… a quick perusal of the Washington D.C. political class reveals that the American Public has been doing a fine job of that.

    Don’t think how you are going to die gloriously to a stack at your door right now. Such a notion is the entirely wrong mindset. Start small, start with your immediate surroundings, and grow from there:

    Carefully consider everything you’d need care for your family if the infrastructure in this nation takes a shit. Don’t assume you’ll get water if you turn on the facet, power when you flip on the lights, or gas when you trip the furnace/stove. Think about how you can cope without toilets in a sustainable and comfortable way. Then act on those plans. You can’t pursue revolutionary goals if you can’t first deal with your loved one’s daily living.

    Once you have those needs taken care of, start moving outside your blood circle. Networking with friends and acquaintances that have useful skills. Not just military knowledge – electricians, carpenters, plumbers, metal-workers, glass men, farmers, ranchers. You need to start going AROUND the government and it’s goons. Stop using them as an intermediary. (And given the state of affairs, the large companies ad FedGovCo are one in the same).

    Barter with these folks where possible – you hurt Fedgov on both sides of the transaction, and right now, our weapons are NOT 5.56, but greenbacks, skirting laws and tax evasion. Form good relationships with the people that keep things running folks – not only do you learn a great deal of useful intelligence, you are making friends who when “scofflaw turns to insurgent” might be inclined to play a role in the axillary.

    Get your kids the fuck out of public school. And have lots of ‘em while you’re at it. The future belongs to those who breed – why do you think the statists want to flood America with Mexicans? They squirt out kids and they love them some Behemoth, that’s why.

    Remember – the pro-government white base is too fucked up and selfish to even bother replacing itself. Their black base is largely stagnant too thanks to it aborting nearly 1/3 of it’s babies. They need younglings raised by folks of their mindset – as I said earlier – IT’S TIME TO FUCK FOR FREEDOM folks.

    Yeah kids are expensive, and I ain’t one to talk, given my horrible child-less divorce 34 years ago, but if you’re not an old broken down man like me with a face made for radio, and you can still cook a few buns, get those ovaries and testicles into working order again! Every God-fearing constitutional conservative baby born into a good Christian household makes Overlord Obama and his evil puppet masters cry.

    My Nephews and Nieces are doing it right. Oldest has 3 and is trying for 4. Youngest just got hitched over the summer, and already has freedom fighter #1 cooking. Middle niece has 2 already, with no signs of slowing down. I will do my part and see to it those kids have the best home and private schooling money can buy.

    Government school is parental malpractice.

    So then, no, don’t be putting out the range markers. You’re fighting wrong if your are – playing to your enemies strengths. As I said – every weapon has a time and a place. Not yet. (But get it ready).

    For now, prepare, network, make babies, propagandize, and inflict as much material damage to the system and it’s legitimacy as you can without putting yourself in the cross-hairs. Overt stuff comes later, after the systemic collapse accentuates how illegitimate the unaccountable bureaucracy running the show in America truly is.

    Patient predators dine on easy meals. Impulsive ones get trampled by the moose.

    Every day you see something you could probably gum up – yes? Ask yourself – can I probably get away with it? What are the repercussions to me if I am caught? Weigh the probabilities/potential cost, and go about your life, throwing spanners in the works were-ever possible.

    This won’t be like a conventional war, not at first. Escalation, rhetoric, starving the beast and crashing the system – forcing the state to eat itself and choke on it’s own burdensome red tape. It will then do away with the pretenses – in order to save itself, the velvet glove will come off the iron hand of tyranny.

    Then… well now. More direct actions become justified, with more public support. We gotta talk till they shout, nudge till they shove, punch till they stab, and THEN we can shoot.

    Baby steps. We can’t go from A strait to Z. We have to raise the temperature to a revolutionary boiling point the same way FedGov has creeped it’s tyranny.

    Example: In 2000, the thought of a federalized Police State raping women at the airport, 14 Trillion in national debt, Open Federal reserve money printing to the tune of a trillion a year, and 90 million people on federal programs as their chief source of sustenance was UNTHINKABLE.

    Now? Oh-hum, welcome to daily life. The slow creep allowed this to become “the norm” despite how truly and terribly shocking the reality is.

    Escalation of the revolution has to take place in the same manner. Right now, hanging the bastards seems shocking to Joe 6-pack. If the stage show is properly executed however, the tit-for-tat will bring us to that destination, and the same folks who’d have recoiled at the concept initially, will be throwing rotten food while the bastards dangle and gurgle at the gibbets.

    Baby-steps.

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    HempRopeAndStreetlight says:

    The eternal pessimist.

    more like the optimist with experience…..who the hell is preaching about the downfall of America? it ain’t me….you might want to point that finger back at yourself.

    As for your points, they are good and I’ve been waiting a long to time to hear solutions rather than the usual tired rhetoric about “killing them all”. Good, excellent points all.

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    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    My good fellow I have been offering up insights and thoughts for some time. Naturally, you may not have been directing your comments at me – but when a charge explodes close enough to make my ears ring, I tend to peek a bit out of the fox hole in curiosity.

    I do make a point of providing a game-plan whenever it looks like it might be appropriate or useful to do so. Telling someone to “hang them” isn’t much assistance without a field-guide to realize that outcome. “Them” tend to be well guarded by many “Others” who have to be thinned down to a manageable level first. And the “Others” don’t all carry guns and wear uniforms. (And “thinned” is not necessarily a synonym for “killed.”)

    Samuel Adams had his place – but his ideas and mentality were not helpful in Washington’s Fabian insurgency. A time and a place for all chess pieces.

    Fianally, I won’t be too hard the people calling for the pitchforks and torches constantly. For one, I am doing my level best to incite to that end, (and it would be beyond hypocritical), but also, while nothing at the moment is coming from these rants, they do serve an important psychological purpose:

    Through repetition, the cat-calls of “Hang Them!” normalize and legitimize the notion. They break down the mental barriers that prevent people from even putting the concept on the table. It’s a coping mechanism that prepares a person to do terrible, but necessary things.

    So bring on the rants. What starts today as internet chatter and barroom banter can morph into tomorrow’s tar and feathers.

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    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    Minor historical correction on my part:

    “I am sick of Fabian systems in all quarters!”
    - John Adams

    Wrong Adams, my apologies. The flogging may now commence.

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land & best prospects for health I ever saw is here, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here…[D. Crockett] (9 January 1836)

    Sure–he never went through a summer there. :-) (I’d do it for freedom, though, despite being over-insulated!)

    Jaybear, CoIAA:

    As for holing up and yelling Molon Labe, you will probably be yelling that to nothing, until the guided hellfire comes knocking at your front door. That’s how it will be done.

    So we make sure the legions of Mordor shoot at the wrong door–”All warfare is based on deception,” & all that.

    We need to infiltrate the political parties (both of them), we need to retake the media outlets, and we need to get inside the education system to eliminate the indoctrination that goes on there.That is how we take it back and how we preserve what this country stands for, not by waiting to die in a forlorn hope but by changing things……one mind one institution at a time… I will fight the revolution in my classroom and through being an insider in the local school district, and by being active in the Tea Party movement….those are the ways that I can fight it from the inside, by changing minds and ways of thinking, by strenghtening OUR message and getting it out, and letting pliable kids know that there is another side to the bullshit that their history and social studies teachers indoctrinate them with.

    This is, of course, a long-term project for a situation in which (G*d willing) we have time for it.

    LC Jackboot IC/A:

    My point is…….that some things are worth dying for.

    I think we can be sure our supposed rulers would disagree–& I consider that a fatal weakness.

    Hemp, etc.:

    That being said, there are “solutions” that don’t involve screaming “wolverines” at the top of one’s lungs, and charging down a Bradley with your trusty AR. That’s plain and simple suicide. As is bunkering down and trying to mount any sort of defensive action. The Dividians and Weaver can tell you what to expect from that outcome.

    Both poorly-executed operations.

    Anyhow I’ll nix my original response to note that I’m suddenly reminded of a discussion occurring near the end of LOTR, the original book (evidently not in PJ’s movie version). The hobbit heroes find human bullies occupying their homeland & debate what to do. “It’s no good ‘getting under cover,’ one says. “They’ll just drive us out, or burn us in.” Then someone insists: “Raise the Shire!” Call it a case of near-instant community organizing; they succeed in setting up a citizens’ resistance against the bad guys. That could point to some right actions.

    Don’t assume you’ll get water if you turn on the facet, power when you flip on the lights, or gas when you trip the furnace/stove. Think about how you can cope without toilets in a sustainable and comfortable way.

    Our ostensible ruling class, bureaucrats & pols, have likely given little or no thought to such concerns. They don’t expect to starve in the cold/heat & dark, & they would not like it, not one little bit! (H/t Dr. Suess.)

    IT’S TIME TO FUCK FOR FREEDOM folks.

    That;s definitely a long-term project! :-)

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    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    Open Season on the Tea Party
    Stan Veuger

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/11/27/obama-administration-wrong-to-legalize-irs-targeting-of-tea-party-groups

    In the 2010 midterm elections, the tea party delivered the president its famous “shellacking.” Riding a wave of discontent over his health care law and out-of-control spending the movement took back control of the House of Representatives. In the 2012 presidential election, the movement’s impact seemed more subdued, and President Obama won re-election.

    One of the reasons why this may have happened became widely known only after the election: the IRS had singled out tea party and other conservative groups for special treatment when they applied for tax-exempt status, leading to costly delays and the elimination of part of the Republican Party’s ground game. After initial claims that low-level employees in the IRS’ Cincinnati office had been solely responsible for this targeting were shown to be false, two acting commissioners of the IRS, Steven Miller and Danny Werfel, and the head of its section on tax-exempt organizations, Lois Lerner, were forced to resign. In the aftermath of the revelations, President Obama referred to the IRS’ activities as “outrageous,” claimed that had been unaware, and called for accountability, “so that such conduct never happens again.”

    That was then. This Tuesday, the administration decided that instead of making sure the 2014 midterm elections will not be tainted by similar restrictions on the activities of 501(c)4 organizations, it was going to legalize and institutionalize the IRS’ practices. I guess that’s one way to do it. British comedian Harry Enfield first suggested this strategy in a skit about police officers in Amsterdam, a city well known for its lax attitude toward the consumption, possession and sale of soft drugs. In the skit, one of the Dutch policy officers explains that burglary used to be a major problem in Amsterdam, but then it was legalized, and the problem was solved.

    Anyone else still subscribe to the “we can vote our way out of this” fantasy? The very gears of the entire federal machine – with the willing participation of both political parties – are being used to co-opt, destroy, and de-legitimize any and all opposition to it. It’s the system itself that has been turned into our enemy, and populated with the servants of Mordor. This clockwork nightmare does not give one damn who sits on the throne of the Dark Lord – they are merely a figurehead, and are largely powerless to dismantle it.

    We the people have to actively start tossing grit in the gears – sitting back passively, retreating to your bunker, attempting to un-rot fetid meat with show-votes – such acts are futile, and only serve to embolden our enemies.

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
    - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    No, you can’t sit this one out and hope it will blow over. Not if you give two shits about your descendants.

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Hemp:

    No, you can’t sit this one out and hope it will blow over. Not if you give two shits about your descendants.

    Not interested in sitting it out, waiting for it to blow over–& I don’t even have descendants.

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    “The job of the soldier is not to die for his country, it is to assist the other poor bastard in dying for his country”.
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