One if by Land
Written by R.F. De Mott
First published in the November 1995 Guns & Ammo Our first revolution, some 200 years ago, brought forth the greatest nation in the history of mankind. That first "shot heard 'round the world" was a harbinger of the hopes of free men everywhere, not only for themselves, but for their progeny yet unborn: a promise to those yet to come of a nation freed of the shackles of tyranny and oppression; a promise paid for in blood by the patriots, common men of uncommon valor, who chose the possibility of death over the certainty of tyranny.
These men were in the possession of the wisdom, the foresight, and the courage to create what can only be called the most profound document ever set forth by the hand of man, the Constitution of these United States. A document that does not presume to create rights for the people of this nation but merely affirms the rights to which free men are entitled. Their words were true, their intent was clear and their purpose was to forever establish the boundaries across which no single individual, state or federal government empowered by the people could tread inviolate. This great nation stands, for the moment, free in name only. The pompous, self-serving traitors within, cloaked in the veil of self-proclaimed wisdom, presume to think themselves more intelligent and capable than those who founded this nation. These parasites serve not for the privilege, the honor or joy of the act, but for the egotistical, self-serving reasons that represent the dark side of man's soul, for the money and benefits not extended to those of us who elevated them to their lofty positions of power. The majority of these people have never held a real job or earned an honest day's pay in their lives, yet they discuss and defame our Constitution as if they, in their insignificance, could possibly possess the wherewithal or intellect to understand it, no less change it. There is a rumbling in the distant hills, a darkness that has overshadowed this land. Across the length and breadth of this great nation, there are hardworking law-abiding citizens, common people standing alone and afraid in that darkness that was once the sunlight of freedom. They are weary of the election of representatives to whom an oath is simply so many words, to whom a just cause is just a cause. Our government, with the arrogance born of people complacent too long, has chosen to draw the line in the sand. They have enveloped themselves in a false sense of security, believing that we the people, the cattle, the common man, will cower before their oppression, will lay down and surrender our arms and our dignity, will quietly submit to their tyranny for our own good... That's what the British thought, too.