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November 28, 2006

I was remembering the other day. I don’t like remembering. Far too many regrets.

But there I was. Half way through a tall cup of black coffee, 3 splenda’s.

1992, early January. The tinsel was still in the rafters from New Years and it was cold. Bitterly cold. I wore these little black flats that were cheap to begin with and barely worth the effort in the face of ice and snow.

The wind blew so hard I was pushed through the parking lot and had to hold tightly to my brother’s arm to keep from being completely blown over.

It was Leningrad, St. Petersburg. Russia right after the fall of Gorbachev, right before the complete demise of the USSR as we had come to know it. The people were scared. You could see it their faces as they waited in impossible lines at empty stores for hours. You could hear it in their voices when they begged “$5 for….” You name it, they were selling it. From uniforms to caviar to outdated electronics. All on the street corner in broad daylight.

I didn’t know I was witnessing a national funeral. The death of a country, the birth of a completely different entity. Here in the States with our pre-Fox News, pre-mass marketed talk radio, we had the ABCNBCCBS guys feeding us their tired lines about the world as they saw it and we couldn’t comprehend the cost that average Ivan was going to pay for this “freedom” we so blithely endorsed.

But Ivan and Irena paid that price. However they could. Through the black market, by moving to America, by starting their own home business. By any means necesary. Russians are strong people. They have a national heritage of surviving against the most insurmountable odds. And they make borscht, which is of course, proof that they are wonderful people. Oh, and vodka. And Tchaikovsky. I’d say Dostoyevsky, but I swear I can’t read a thing the man wrote.

And now I look at them 14 years later and see the iron fist rising again. Anyone who trusts Putin is an idiot. Complete idiot.

So why should we care?

Because our country is at risk. We are being overrun by illegal immigration, sucking at the infrastructure and bleeding us dry. Our “freedoms” are being stripped away in the name of “peace” and “tolerance” until someday we will find ourselves lost in the grip of a totalitarian regime that has reduced us to mere fodder for the Party. Our children taken from us and indoctrinated against the very things which once made our country the greatest in the world. Our personal liberties a memory.

But it’s all good, isn’t it? As long as we have our cable TV and our little vices, we will give all our individuality up for a pipe dream called Safety.

Unless…. Unless what? A few good men? Patriots unite? Secede? Revolution?

To what end? A revolution requires passion, integrity, strength of purpose and even intelligence. Do you see that as a viable option in today’s day and age?

Americans were once a proud entity. A new nation formed from the strength of many for the purpose of freedom. Freedom to exist, freedom to worship, freedom to succeed, freedom to rise above your “station” and create a new existence for you and your family.

We were once a nation of pioneers and watchmen. Now we are a nation of misspent youth, self-gratification and narcissism.

Russia is coming back around. Where they will go from here is beyond me. I’m not a psychic or a prophet.

America? She’s trembling on a precipice of indecision. Her identity no longer certain, her future no longer clear.

And that, my friends, is the saddest part of all.

  • Birdie

    There is always a remnant,Heidi. In this day and age, I would venture to say that the remnant is those of us weird, offbeat, free-thinkers who have abandoned “the system” and are homeschooling our children; teaching them to think for themselves and bringing them up with our faith and our values. Every single day every one of us has the same choice before us whether we are part of the remnant or part of the world. We must choose this day whom (or what) we will serve and then do our best to follow through. People like you and this upcoming generation of free-thinking homeschooled kids give me plenty of hope for the future of this nation and of the world. I don’t look forward to the time in-between however.

  • Pablo

    It’s human nature. So many people think they can legislate or “tolerate” things better but the last 50 years prove the contrary. Same here in Canada. We need less intrusive government and more responsible citizens. We need personal freedom and accountability. Instead we get government programs for everything, political correctness, and a justice system that hates to be punitive.

  • MikeT

    Russia’s Muslim birthrate is going to end up putting a crimp in their style and Putin knows that. I wonder if part of his motivation has been the fact that slavic Russians will be barely half of the country by 2050 at the rate the current birthrates are going. With ratios between 1:6 and 1:10 for Slav:Muslim minority, it’s going to get ugly soon for the slavs if they don’t start breeding like rabbits and deporting people by the thousands daily.

  • Difster

    Count me in on the next Revolution.

    Perhaps I’ll start it!

  • farmer Tom

    Difster said…

    Count me in on the next Revolution.

    Perhaps I’ll start it!

    Can I help??? Please????

  • Triton

    Count me in on the next Revolution.

    Perhaps I’ll start it!

    If the feds continue sending the military out to every country on earth, it’s only a matter of time before a revolution or secessionist movement becomes feasible.

    It may be do-able already.

  • Arielle

    Hah! There’s a way to get the troops home, Triton. =D

  • CrazyJo

    I wonder what a revolution in the technological age we live in would look like. Unless the secessionist movement had a lot of money for high-tech gear I think big gov would squash just about anything they’d try.

  • Elmo

    it’s only a matter of time before a revolution or secessionist movement becomes feasible. It may be do-able already.

    There’s lots of like minded folks out there.

  • Triton

    I was actually referring to violent action, Elmo, not peaceful stuff. I don’t think there’s any chance of a peaceful separation.

    Just for the record, though, let me say that I have no intention of being a part of any rebellion, insurrection, or secessionist movement. My ancestors fought the British (in two wars) and the yankees. My family has spilled enough blood for the cause of liberty, and I’m not sure it was worth it; I’ll stay on the sidelines, thanks.

    I wonder what a revolution in the technological age we live in would look like. Unless the secessionist movement had a lot of money for high-tech gear I think big gov would squash just about anything they’d try.

    Actually, I think it would be pretty simple. If a few thousand Americans organized themselves in a “terroist cell” fashion, then bringing the whole system down would be quite easy. Setting fires, destroying bridges and roads, assassinating federal employees, etc. are all pretty easy things to do. If enough people do them all at once, in a variety of locations, it’s only a matter of time before the feds give up.

    Again, though, this is just talk on my part; I won’t be doing any of this stuff, and I don’t encourage anyone else to do these things either.

  • Erik

    I posted the Burlington Declaration from the conference that Elmo linked to.

  • Arielle

    I know what you mean, Triton. When people bring up the idea of revolution I can only look to the example of Yeshua. Many people decided He was not the Messiah because He did not come to lead them in revolution against the Romans.

    I think G-d is more concerned with each of us individually learning to pattern our daily lives according to His desires than our joining in a revolution.