Back and angry – today’s Tommy in DC

Readers are probably familiar with Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “Tommy.” Although a chauvinist, imperialist, and claimed-to-be-racist warmonger, Kipling had a way with words, and was a keen observer.

I thought of that poem (reprinted below) as I read of how many National Guard troops were treated by the staff of the thugs that “represent” us and our States in DC on Thursday. One Guardsman is reported to have said, “Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands, and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further ruse for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”

Shocking? I guess, but NOT unexpected. American politicians and “leaders” have virtually ALWAYS treated serving American soldiers (sailors, Marines, airmen, Coastguardsmen, and now guardians) like dirt beneath their feet.

This time, it was injury added to insult: the demand by Congress (I understand this originated with the corrupt High Chancellor Nancy Pelosi herself) that the 25,000 Guardsmen be vetted to remove “unreliables” who posed a threat of more “insurrection.” And then there is injury on top of injury: at least 100 of the deployed Guardsmen have already tested positive for CCP virus. This is blamed by some on living in close quarters and being exposed to the weather in stationary “guard” posts that demanded little or no movement and few breaks while long-winded politicians and entertainers did their thing from heated platforms.

But again, nothing that power-mad, greedy, and conniving politicians and “leaders” have not done to American military members since there WAS an American military. Colonial, revolutionary, republican, northern/southron, and more. In the swamps of the East Coast, the neat farmsteads of Ontario, the swamps of the Deep South, the windswept Plains and frigid Rockies, the pits of France, the nasty islands of the Pacific, jungles of Burma, dark forests of Germany, jungles of Panama and Vietnam, Frozen Chosen (Korea) or the Rockpile and the Sandbox. Billy Yank, Johnny Reb, Doughboys, GIs, and more.

To say nothing of the rotten rations, the shoddy cloth, the lousy, misfiring weapons and useless ammo, and other junk the politicians and their parasitic Beltway Bandit industrial and union collaborators shoveled at us to go out and fight and win, then come home to pain and agony and socialist-style medical care and pitiful pensions.

Back to Washington, a Jarhead friend of mine shared backdoor message traffic from a buddy of his who got deployed to DC for this latest coronation. They got to stay in really nice quarters: a three- or four-star hotel for his unit. The buddy got the honeymoon suite! Sounded really nice until we found out it was him and six of his comrades. Even a California king bed is a wee bit crowded with six or seven people sleeping on it.

But that does beat sleeping in the bed of a rattletrap GMC “Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle” (CUCV) at 10,000 feet elevation in February. Or sleeping in a slit trench fifty miles from an FOB in another set of mountains at 10,000 feet, or beside the tracks of your armored vehicle getting buried by sand overnight in a Mesopotamian desert. But this was DC!

Of course, we current military members have only ourselves to blame. We didn’t get drafted (the last draftee retired a long time ago); we volunteered, following family and community tradition and thinking we were defending the Constitution, our homeland, our neighbors and other people, and trying to defend and protect against all enemies, foreign and domestic. While still trying to respect and obey (within limits) their civilian “masters.”

We understand (or soon do, after enlistment and training and our first tour) the meaning of an old saying of the French Foreign Legion, applied to Congress: “You legionnaires are soldiers in order to die, and I am sending you where you can die.”

And in the meantime, we will be treated as dirt and worse, scraped off their shoes and spit upon.

But sooner or later (and perhaps this is what the High Chancellor fears in her dotage), enough of us will remember that our oaths are NOT to Congress, nor to President, nor to any political faction, but to the Constitution and the principles embodied in that and the Declaration of Independence.

Here is Kiplings’ Poem on YouTube: And here is the first stanza:

I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

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Now that Biden is in charge, are “liberals” coming to steal away Free Speech?

Should we be ready?  How can we prevent it?

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has an idea. She wants to set up a “truth commission.” And she is not alone. This governmental body would examine news media and root out “misinformation.”

Misinformation? That is, any information that the members of the Commission (and their bosses (at the Capitol and White House and their puppet masters) happen to disagree with.

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How soon they forget – Germany 2021

Quarantine is a fairly simple and basic medical technique. When someone has an transmittable/infectious disease, you isolate them to prevent them from spreading that disease. It can be applied to someone suspected of having such a disease. It is a very old method, dating back to at least 1617. Pretty clear, eh?

At least until 2020, and now, this year. Now it is apparently a word of vastly-expanded definitions. Among those are confining someone who might have (or doesn’t have) an infectious disease, to prevent them from getting the disease. And shutting down “non-essential” locales, venues and activities in which some people MIGHT transmit or catch a disease from someone else.

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What can come next? (A Baker’s Dozen ™)

With the inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris, the apocalypse press is coming on strong. We admit that The Price of Liberty has done our share of dire predictions and concerns. But if it were a contest, TPOL has clearly lost time and again. Here are a few predictions seen just in the past few days.

Read this list, but remember to be courageous, value liberty (your own and others’), recognize that this too shall pass, and never give up!

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In requiem: the Democracy of the “United States of America.”

With the end of the second decade of the 21st Century, democracy has died, and is replaced by a mobocracy which may swiftly transform into a tyranny. However oblivious and unwilling the observer, it is clearer than ever that government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” does not exist.

Proof? Election, impeachments, revenge, and more. Let’s start with the election.

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Dystopian California

A few months back, Jim Rickards over at Agora put me onto this summary of what California was and has become. I have ties to California: my father and his parents lived in Southern California during WW2 and the last half of the 1940s, and I’ve lived there twice, both times on duty at the now-defunct Presidio of San Francisco: the second time for nearly four years. In the heart of the beast, so to speak. I have recently been in touch with a leader of the CalExit movement, and my wife has family in far, far northern California, around Cape Mendocino. We have friends living almost literally from North to South (east of San Diego). Mama Liberty was a refugee from California, now quite a few years ago.

It is clear that the situation in California is getting more and more dire, unstable, and fearful.

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What can be done to unify the Fifty States?

In a recent commentary, we discussed the irreparable nature of the division of the once proud and strong federation called the United States of America.

I suggested that any actions that could reunite – unify – these States are anathema and intolerable. Especially to a lover of liberty.

Here are some thoughts about just what those courses of action could be. I don’t think any of us will like them very much. But that is what happens when a republic – and a federal republic, a federation at that – decays into a democracy and that democracy slides into mob rule. (In both senses: the street mob AND the Mob as in organized crime.) Especially when that republic had fatal flaws to begin with.

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Irrepairable – no union, no republic, no “democracy”

As the aftermath of last week’s “protest” at and in the Capitol continues to reverberate around us, more and more people are asking the equivalent of “are all these aftershocks?” But a few are asking, “Is all of this, including the demonstration of ‘democracy’ at the Capitol on the 6th, nothing but precursors, or foreshocks, to the BIG ONE?”

I fear the BIG ONE is still in the future. The NEAR future.

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Danegeld – still a way to loot people

The Babylon Bee recently satirized Congress about their anger about “criminals” and “looters” invading the Capitol, because, after all, the only criminals and looters allowed in the Capitol were members of Congress.

Well, Congress is far from the only organized group of looters stealing from American (and other) companies. Or from private citizens.

And taxation is FAR from the only way that government’s “official” looters grab more and more money.

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Animas River at Durango, CO after the spill. OJ for breakfast, anyone?
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Foolish, backward American hicks

Guilty as charged.

Recently, Tom Woods and I were (very briefly) discussing the attitude that the DC Statists and the “Elites,” especially (but not just) the “leftist” types, have towards “foolish, backward American hicks who (for reasons never fully explained) mysteriously despise science on the other.”

This of course is (as Tom noted) THEIR idea, their worldview.  Of course, one reason that they can hold that view is they are totally unwilling to listen to a full explanation.  But for those trying to convince fellow-workers, family members, or neighbors exactly what this is all about, consider this following discussion:

We actually don’t despise REAL science, only so-called science. But we not just “despise” science, we “deny [the “elite’s” idea of] “science” because:

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