Originally posted by without_prejudice
Just out of curiosity, did you and the OP vote for McCain in the last election? None of my business, really, but I can't resist the urge to ask...
I can't speak for Sarge, but no, I didn't vote for McCain. I saw no material difference between himself an Obama, and consequently voted for
neither. I've been told by both sides that I just 'threw my vote away', but I maintain that true, lasting change has to start somewhere, and that
is normally at a beginning. Movements, political parties, and organisms all have a commonality, in that they are rarely born full grown.
A little background information may be in order here. For most of my adult life, I was, as were my father and his father, a republican. During the
reign of king George I, I realized that republicanism was on shaky ground. In the second year of the reign of king George II, I severed all relations
with the republican party in abject disgust. I still see no material difference between the republicans and the democrats. King George II, and his
rabid hordes of NeoCronies, saw to that.
I am one of those Great Unwashed, the Independents, as are many more of my fellow recovering republicans, and an increasing number of recovering
democrats. I am sick to death of those two parties trying to play off of the other party, while toeing the same line. And there are a lot of me, and
we are increasing. we appear to have gained immunity to both Hannityenza AND Limboid Nonsensica, and reject the ridiculous polarizations both maladies
But while it may be true that our rights are ours until we are coerced into thinking we have lost them, the practical realities of facing down a
police force augmented by military hardware and "empty your clip" reaction training... can make standing for one's rights confusing, expensive,
dangerous and ultimately futile.
(Wow, is that really one sentence?)
Yes, it was, but I trimmed it down a bit for response
I've carried weapons for a living most of my adult life, and hold no particular dread for the scenario you expound. Sure, when they cross that line,
in the end they'll more likely than not kill me, but rest assured that it won't be as easy as anticipated, and in the end they will know I was
there. For the record, 'empty your clip reaction training' is not a proper reaction, and bespeaks a decided LACK of training. It wastes all your
ammo, and leaves you unarmed. Not a good survival strategy. Should that event transpire, my eventual loss will be someone else's gain. Exactly whose
remains to be determined, but in any event I will have died fighting for what I believe in, even if I'm the only one who ever knows that.
I HAVE encountered a frightening number of what you call 'Obamanoids' ( I prefer the term 'Obambies' as in 'Obama Zombies'), but their numbers
appear to be in decline. Perhaps the disease is killing the hosts, which is never a good survival strategy for a virus. Those who have survived thus
far, however, appear to be far more virulent than they originally were.
You appear to have developed a parallel immunity to my own. Perhaps not the same, but similar enough, and whatever works, WORKS. I hope it continues
to protect you from the insidious afflictions by which so many are still seized, and which I continue to diligently seek a cure for.
[edit on 2009/5/28 by nenothtu]