I was watching Glenn Beck last night and he had the above picture up on the screen. He asked the question “Is this who we are?” Of course his answer was no, as he is trying to keep as much distance between himself and potential violence as possible.
My answer was an immediate “You’re damned right that’s who we are.”
We are not a nation of peaceniks no matter how many pinch faced liberals claim that we are. We are a nation born of revolution. We are boiled down from the genetic stock of the misfits of Europe; the people who would not bow down or submit and risk fortune, life and family to be free.
Americans always have been, and hopefully always will be, different from Europeans. Instead of submission to religious or royal tyranny our ancestors chose harsh and dangerous freedom. When that tyranny reached across the ocean we chose revolution, a dangerous and deadly gambit.
Yes, that is who we are. We are still the same people that gave you the Boston tea party and the whiskey rebellion. It is not in our nature to submit to tyranny whether imposed by King George or George Washington. The genes may have been watered down some over time, but they still remain in many us.
There is a reason that the U.S. military is the most potent fighting force on the planet and it is not all superior weaponry. When we went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq the Jihadis jumped for joy. They couldn’t wait for the opportunity to meet fat, soft Americans and hand our asses to us on a platter; I think we all know how that went for them.
And now we are faced with hard American choices and must ask ourselves who we truly are. I know that my ancestors came over here in in 1747 and fought in the revolutionary war on the side of the rebels. My great grandfather X 6 and his brother, served with meritorious distinction and were awarded 50,000 acres of land in Georgia.
Yes, I know who I am. My ancestors have been shot, hung and imprisoned in every insurrection in Ireland. I come from a long line of careless rebels who put cause and duty before safety and security.
I can’t answer for everybody Mr. Beck, but I can answer for myself. ” You’re damned right that’s who I am”