To the Strong Goes the Future

If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. – Samuel Adams

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The second amendment of the united states of America. While it is irrelevant to many people due to their country of origin, what it stands for, and what it signifies applies to all. 

Verbatim, it reads “a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. The second half of this writing is what most people focus on, despite the first half being the one that explains its reasons for existence. A militia. A group of men willing to take up arms in defence of liberty, are necessary to the security of a free state. Think of it as the clause to keep the government from becoming too crooked. It is the dangled threat, that should the government become tyrannous, there are men who have a right to fight back.

There are many on the left who decry this aspect. What good are men with rifles against a government armed with drones? To them, I say look at Afghanistan. Our enemy in that desert has fought back first the Russians, and now the states, for decades. Armed with only basic weapons, and poor training, they have resisted foreign incursion for a generation. Men who fiercely believe what they believe, for whatever reason they believe it, are an unstoppable force. Think of the kamikaze in WW2, who flew their planes into the enemy ships, or the Japanese torpedoes which required a human pilot to steer it, a captain riding it to an explosive end. These men held fiercely to their belief. Our enemy in the middle east, those who would strap bombs to themselves to cause harm to their enemy. And the men of the united states, should the political landscape change to rival that of 1930’s Germany, I am sure, will be possessed of that same powerful belief in their cause. 

This may come as a shock to those who have never experienced real life, but many people are bad. And it is good men, willing to commit violence on their behalf, that keep them safe in their bubble. Perhaps their protection now serves less use than it did before? I am sure that many people out there would be tempted to simply step back from their post, and open the floodgates, to simply observe the catastrophic result of an unarmed, unprepared, unwilling population exposed to unrelenting violence and hate.

I would also say, to the many who will get bent out of shape at the defence of the second amendment, you need to understand something. When a mass shooting happens, and a classroom of kids die, it does not make me happy. I am filled with rage, that innocents who had the potential to greatness were mown down by a coward. But I do not blame the gun. I blame the shooter. I do not blame cars for those killed in hit and runs. I blame the driver. 

This is a position that does not conform with what liberal society would have me say. And to hell with that. Increasingly, the left is a platform for cowards, the mentally weak, and the morally unfit. To your wishes, we would see a future for our children that is one of violence and back stepping, a regression away from cultural advancement. There is a requirement for men to make a stand, and to proclaim that, to quote Reagan, there is a point from which we will not back down, there is a price we will not pay. 

May the weak gorge themselves on soft platitudes, and cries of “Assimilation” and “religion of peace” and “men are pigs”. May they find enjoyment in the meal, but as for the future, for those who will not swallow such bitter fare, it belongs to those strong enough to withstand the storm of regressive liberalism. To the strong lies the future! 

Benjamin Clun

Sydney