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American Mercenary

If you don’t read American Mercenary, you should.  AM is a career Army infantryman, with a college education who writes well whether it’s about military tactics, firearms, politics or zombie fiction.

An excerpt from a recent post (linked above in it’s entirety.)

You can see it at Huffpo, Firedoglake, DailyKos, and the answer to all their questions is “More Government Intervention” because they view the world like a small child who still believes Daddy is big enough to slay the monster under the bed.  They want a Daddy who provides for them, and for Everyone! and they don’t understand why some of us just want to play with our blocks in the corner and be left alone.  They truly are incapable of desiring a world where they are responsible for their own success or failure, where Daddy isn’t their to catch them when they fall.  Substitute Nanny for Daddy if you wish.
They don’t care about facts, as children do not care that Daddy doesn’t have enough money for Ice Cream in this week’s food budget.  They still holler for Ice Cream! and to them it is free because they don’t have to manage a budget. 
This is the enemy.  This is half of our nation.  Eventually there will come a time when such people are demanding that tactical teams visit you in the darkness of night to shoot your dog and take you in, dead or alive.  They don’t care which.  Why?  Because those who believe in liberty, individual responsibility, are a direct threat to their comfortable existence.  And before some wheelchair bound person living on Social Security benefits spouts off and tells me how uncomfortable his existence is, pre-emptively fuck you.  Your life is a series of comforts and conveniences the likes of which has never been seen before in history.  I’m sure that you feel uncomfortable, and I understand that nothing we do can make you walk again.  But in the words of Jim Goad, “Life is brutally unfair.”

Much more honesty at the link above, and the rest of his blog.  Go and see for yourself.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


9 thoughts on “American Mercenary

  1. Even John Denver once sang about life, “If there’s an answer, it’s just that it’s just that way.” It is what it is, and nobody promised sherry & giggles. How one responds to life’s challenges is what separates the sheepdogs from the sheeple.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 12, 2012, 8:58 am
  2. Well, I typed a long reply, then clicked on something accidently and it all disappeared! So this is me trying to recreate it as best I can:

    The fundamental issue I suppose I have with these comments is when he says, “some of us just want to play with our blocks in the corner and be left alone.” To which I have to ask, “Then why have civilization at all?” Because I can assure him that there has never been a civilization where “being left alone” has been the norm. Our modern, liberal democracies are what have come closest to his ideal, actually.

    I also am very saddened that he seems to view half of his fellow citizens as “the enemy.” That must be a pretty miserable mind-set to live with. I disagree with many of the people in my life, and I’m sure, many of my fellow citizens. It’s never occurred to me to consider them enemies.

    I can promise AM that, in spite of being a *gasp* social democrat, I most definitely do NOT want a police state where jack-booted thugs burst in and shoot dogs and arrest my fellow citizens. My desire is a government of the people, by the people, for the people, not totalitarianism.

    Life is brutally unfair. No arguement with that statement. I guess where AM and I disagree is what to do about it. I think civilization exists to make life better than the naked competition of the jungle. I’m left scratching my head as to what AM’s view of what civilization’s purpose is.

    Posted by Tomi | April 12, 2012, 2:54 pm
    • There has never been a civilization where being left alone has been the norm. Our Republic was, once, at least in theory.
      Then I would beg to differ that liberal democracies have come closest to his ideal.
      But, AM should be the one to address that.
      All of the liberal democracies worldwide are failing, because of more-and-more government, costing more money, and by extension more taxation. I can’t speak for AM, but my interpretation of what he wrote is regarding limited government, not anarchy. Again, I cannot speak for him, but use of enemy suggests the American paradox. We have the freedom to be anarchists, communists, nazis, all manner of anti-American culture and history. Many persons think their new flavor of socialism will somehow be better and different than all the previous failed attempts. And gov’t continually trying to force their will in the name of ‘the public good’ eventually use force. This happened throughout history, even with good intentions. Even ours.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | April 12, 2012, 9:00 pm
      • While I’m in complete agreement that our founding documents are very inspirational Englightenment blueprints (if you leave out the whole “a slave is 3/5 of a person” issue) the reality is that the practice of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” has never been as widely available as in the Western democracies from the latter third of the 20th century to the present.

        Certainly we’re not perfect (and never will be – since we’re imperfect beings in an imperfect world) and there are real, serious problems that need to be dealt with. Having a frank and open discussion about those problems is good and healthy. Beginning the discussion believing that half of your fellow citizens are enemies I don’t think is healthy. I really don’t believe that half of Americans are anarchists, communists, nazis, or other such extremists.

        Posted by Tomi | April 13, 2012, 6:55 am
      • The 3/5 compromise was enabled to get the Nation started, and to lead us down the road to non-slavery. Sadly, the Civil War got in the way of that process.
        I wasn’t suggesting half of American were anarchists et al. However, in other ‘enlightened’ nations (Canada, Britain, France, Australia – the aforementioned liberal democracies) such beliefs are not just frowned-upon, they’re illegal.
        And I cannot address AM’s characterization of half of Americans as enemies. You’ll have to visit his blog to address that.
        Save, perhaps, he’s military, and has been trained to think in black and white, not shades of grey.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | April 13, 2012, 7:15 am
  3. Dang, just saw that I misspelled Enlightenment. That’s what I get for posting before my Pepsi!

    Posted by Tomi | April 13, 2012, 7:15 am

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