Since Mar 3, 2006
Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance, my head is bloodied, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate, or how charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley
"The rifle? Wouldn't go out naked without a rifle. When shoes and clothes and food, when even hope is gone,
we'll have the rifle." -John Steinbeck (1902-1968),"The Grapes of Wrath"
"What is a handgun for?
A handgun is for fighting your way BACK to your Battle Rifle,
which you shouldn't have left behind in the first place.
A handgun will defend your life; but only a Battle Rifle will defend your LIBERTY." -Boston T. Party
I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American;
and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character
to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard of
personal consequences. What are personal consequences?
What is the individual man, with all the good or evil that may betide him,
in comparison with the good or evil which may befall a great country,
and in the midst of great transactions which concern that country's fate?
Let the consequences be what they will, I am careless.
No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer,
or if he falls, in the defense of the Liberties and Constitution of his country.
-Daniel Webster, "An American Without Reserve"
In our own native land, in defence of the freedom that is our birthright,
and which we ever enjoyed till the late violation of it - for the protection
of our property, acquired solely by the honest industry of our fore-fathers
and ourselves, against violence actually offered, we have taken up arms.
We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the
aggressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before.
- Thomas Jefferson -"Declaration of the Causes and
Necessity of Taking up Arms", July 1776
" This Republican party - is a party for free men.
Not for blind followers and not for conformists. Back in 1858 Abraham Lincoln
said this of the Republican party - and I quote him because he probably could
have said it during the last week or so - it was composed of strained,
discordant, and even hostile elements. End of the quote, in 1958 [sic].
Yet all of these elements agreed on paramount objective: to arrest the
progress of slavery, and place it in the course of ultimate extinction.
Today, as then, but more urgently and more broadly than then, the task of
preserving and enlarging freedom at home and safeguarding it from the forces
of tyranny abroad is great,enough to challenge all our resources and to
require all our strength. Anyone who joins us in all sincerity, we welcome.
Those, those who do not care for our cause, we don"t expect to enter
our ranks, in any case. And let our Republicanism so focused and so dedicated
not be made fuzzy and futile by unthinking and stupid labels.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
“So it appears that the “home of the brave”
includes citizens who may be intimidated by the presence of a plastic knife!
One may only be terrorized if he allows himself to be.
“Terror” is a bad word and should be abandoned.
Apparently, we are living in an age when word usage may be
dictated by the timid, the cowardly and the dishonorable.
Let us turn that around and set up proper English usage to
suit people who are worthy of it. Just as you cannot be enslaved
against your will, you cannot be terrorized against your will.
We inherit a noble tradition. Let us now resolve to live up to it...”
-Col. Jeff Cooper (Rest in Peace, Colonel. Semper Fi)
I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought
to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history,
naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in
order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry,
music, architecture, statuary, tapestry,
Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen,
and then say ‘what should be the reward of such sacrifices?’
Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and
plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let
loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the
face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility
of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which
feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget
that you were our countrymen!
It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen
to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts...
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing
to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either
aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long.
It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a
democracy that did not commit suicide.
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.