Hey everyone, first, I am still alive and kicking. I haven’t posted much lately because my day job got a lot more hectic when my mentor resigned and I got tapped to take over his workload, which includes doing the extra projects and training new folks. I’ve got a lot more work to do and a lot less time to do it. On the plus side, it’s job security until the hammer drops.
Another reason I haven’t been posting is because I haven’t really seen the point of it lately. There’s so much going on that will affect all of us, but nothing I’ve done to warn the political class has done anything. I’ve taken to spending more time preparing myself and my family for the inevitable. Those preparations include being a part of III Arms and the III Citadel projects (yeah, I’m one of the founding members, and I am proud to say that). I didn’t weigh in on the MBV drama because I honestly didn’t have time to think about the best way to state my position. I’ve thought about it, and this is my take:
I met MBV when I went to the armed rally at Gravelly Point Park on 4/19/10. Now, up to that time I had read everything MBV had written on SSI even though I was only introduced to him at the end of 2009 (I had a lot more time before I got married and had kids). I had high expectations of the person and I was very underwhelmed. When I met him something didn’t feel right about him, but I continued reading his stuff. I began to pay more attention to his actions and his “tone”. At the time, I was still relatively new to the “patriot” community, and all I knew of Kerodin was what Mike spewed. I was curious, so I went to K’s site and read some of his stuff. I was still trying to make up my mind when MBV went off about K again, so K posted his side of the “felony” story on his site. It sounds plausible to me. Another reason K’s story sounded better than MBV’s was that K accepted his past and didn’t try to hide it, but even though MBV has told his “story” about his past, he gets real upset when anyone brings it up. That doesn’t mesh well for me… per MBV it’s impossible for K to have changed (or even for K’s version of the story to be true), but MBV is a “born again” Capitalist (living off the government teat?). Sorry, that doesn’t sit well with me. Anyway, I kept reading his stuff because I was invested in what he was doing for Gunwalker (I also met David Codrea at Gravelly Point, and liked what I saw although I didn’t spend too much time talking to him), I was one of the three people that went to DC for TL’s Siege back in 2011. Anyway, so something didn’t feel right about MBV, but I can’t explain my gut feelings and it was nothing specific (although, to my knowledge, I’ve only been seriously wrong about one person in my life). So, after that drama, I started paying more attention to Kerodin. I was already reading TL regularly, so when he proposed the Liberty Summit for last year, I knew I had to attend. It was just good fortune that Kerodin decided to stop by. I had a chance to talk to K and after our conversations I believe his side of the “felony” story even more (and that’s not even what we talked about). Sure, he has a past, but I believe him when he says that he wasn’t intentionally trying to extort anyone. He seemed to me like an honest person. I also got the chance to talk to Jim, and his actions of the day impressed me. We all have our past, I have some things in mine that I’m not exactly proud of, what’s important is whether we learn from our past and don’t repeat our mistakes. So, all you jackasses out there claiming that those of us invested in the III projects are idiots who don’t know what we’re doing… go fuck yourself in your little basement world, I intend to do everything I can to make a better place for my children and all the talking you’ve been doing for years has accomplished absolutely nothing. Those of us that invested in the III actually want to do something rather than sit around and bitch about how much we can’t do. Oh, and one other thing… while I doubt very seriously that K and Jim have the intentions of screwing us over, they would have to be retarded to attempt it. I was at the Liberty Summit, I know the quality of the people that invested. I know my own capabilities. K and Jim might know how to hide, but when you have the training (or, in some cases, the friends with the training), you can find people that are trying to hide and make them wish they had never done you wrong. Again, I don’t believe that is their intent, if I did I would demand a refund and let everyone know why I was, but I have faith in their stated intentions. For the record, I no longer bother to read what MBV says, after a while he just keeps repeating himself and blaming everyone else for his own problems. I don’t wish him dead, but I do wish he’d just shut the fuck up and go away, he’s making the rest of us look bad.
I’ve also volunteered to be a delegate to the III Congress. While I don’t put myself in the same intellectual capacity as our nations founders, I do have access to their works and their words. I have read and understood what they said and what they meant. I also know that they warned us about what we’ve got going on in this country right now. In order to make a better place for my children, I believe we need to return to the founding documents. I will do everything I can to make that happen.
I don’t expect to live in the Citadel when it opens, but I will maintain a summer home there. I’m still working on my wife, but since she’s originally from Long Island she thinks we already live in the country and she has no desire to move to Idaho (or anywhere other than a beach city). I’m working on her, I’ve made some progress over the last few months… we went from “Hell NO, NEVER” to “we’ll talk about it when the kids get older”. A little bit at a time.
The next topic, I was all set to go to the “Guns Across America” rally in Harrisburg last weekend, but when I started talking to the guy coordinating for PA he was actively discouraging open carrying firearms. That pissed me off. This was a supposed 2A rally, but they were afraid to actually exercise their 2A? I had better things to do than waste my time with people that don’t know who they are (I replaced the front half-shafts on my truck). I told them to let me know when the “No, you can’t have my guns” rally was taking place instead of the “Please sir, don’t take my guns” rally. As it turns out, there were people there open carrying, but still, the “coordinator” pissed me off. So be it. I’m hearing that there may be another one in February that is calling for Open Carry where legal. I will probably attend that one.
Just because it doesn’t look to me like anything I’ve done has made a difference, it doesn’t mean I’ve given up. I’m still planning and prepping. I’m still talking to people. Hell, the III Congress put me in touch with a couple of people in PA that are relatively close. I’m still trying to get a meeting with them, but it’s a start. I’ve also discovered that an old friend of mine believes pretty much the way I do. I hadn’t seen him in years, but we linked up on facebook and after reading some of my posts and comments he wanted to talk and so we did. I think this is the beginning for me locally.
So, now we come to the “gun control issue”. This is a non-starter for me. I have made my decision as to what will happen when they come for my guns (or when they start to come for other citizens guns). There is no point in discussing this with the idiots that believe there is such a thing as reasonable restrictions, and certainly not with the folks that want total confiscation. I won’t change my mind, I know what rights my Creator gave me, and I know that they are not free. I don’t want to die for my principles, but I won’t live without them (although, in honesty, I may relent in the instant, but that will just be to ensure that my family is safe, and then I will reclaim what is rightfully mine). So, in that line of thought, I haven’t really seen the need to post or talk about how pissed off I am that they are trying again… actually, I’m not pissed off any longer. I would be pissed if I was surprised by this, but I’m not. What I am now is resigned to the fact that the hot war is coming. Sooner than any of us will be ready for it, but longer than I want to wait (I’d rather get this shitstorm out of the way before my kids have to pick a side too). I guess that makes me/us more dangerous. Anger is a warriors enemy, it leads to rash decisions and rash decisions get you killed quick. The fact that I am no longer angry means that I am now thinking more clearly than I have in years. That makes us dangerous. So, if you are still angry about what the politicians are attempting to do, why? Are you at all surprised by it? If you are not surprised, why are you angry? Get over the anger and get to the planning. Don’t stop with the necessary fails though, we still need to keep up the appearances of anger. Keep warning your politicians, I don’t think it will help, but you have to do everything you can to avoid the bloodshed that they are bringing forth. To that end, I’m working up a letter to politicians that I plan on hand delivering to their offices in Harrisburg and in DC. I know this will take a lot of time that I don’t really have, but I want to give them another warning. As much as multiple calls/emails and faxes might make them think, one in-person visit means someone is serious enough to take the time to visit them (I learned this in 2011 when I went to DC and spoke with several reps). Anyway, I’m not a great (or even good really) writer, so I don’t have a draft of the letter yet, but when I do I’ll post it here available for downloading (just in case anyone else wants to deliver them). The basic premise of the letter is: I am a Citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and, by extension, a Citizen of These United States. I have certain unalienable Rights endowed by my Creator and codified by our Founding Fathers in our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights. Through the actions of “elected officials” at both the State and Federal levels, my unalienable Rights have been violated on a regular basis. I have had enough. I will not register any of my firearms, nor will I surrender them if you send your thugs to my door. We know who you are and we know how you vote. You have spent millions of dollars to train people like me to be warriors, to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. While you may not value the oath that you swore, I value mine more now than I did the first time I swore it. While I do not relish the thought of dying to reclaim my rights, I refuse to live without them. Please, return our Republic to the values it was founded on and our families can live in peace. If you continue to try to steal my “Life, Liberty and Happiness”, I will have to stop you. Please, I am begging you. You do not understand the people you are toying with. We will tolerate many many things, until we won’t. We are very near to the point of not tolerating any longer, and there are millions of Citizens like me. This is the last time I will attempt to warn you of the errors of your ways. You have two choices: return the Republic or prepare for the bloodiest war the world has ever seen. We have you surrounded, but you simply can’t see it.
Like I said, I’m not a writer, I need to massage that and make it something that gets the point across without being a direct threat. I welcome suggestions, either as comments or privately (lead the comment by stating you want me to delete it when I read it and I will). After I get it done, I will actually address it to each member of the house and senate, the pres_ent, my governor and members of my states house and senate. Then I will take the time to travel to DC and to Harrisburg and hand deliver it. If I can put it directly into the “officials” hands and look into his/her eyes as I do it, I believe it will have a more profound impact, but I will settle for handing it directly to their aids.
So, to end, I am still alive, I am still working towards a better future, but I am preparing to die so that my children may have a better future.