He Who Leads the Charge

He Who Leads the Charge

Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
September 11, 2013


Some will fall so that others can live — to carry their banner to victory!

In war, those who survive have no cause for self-pity.  It is those who did not survive that the honor and the glory go to.  It is their sacrifice that allowed the survivors to continue on to victory.  It is because of those who gave their lives that the battle, and, the war, were won.

Who, then, is the first to breach the ramparts of the enemy; to take the attack where it must go, if victory is the goal?  He is the one whom history will honor for what he has given; who will be honored by those who followed him into battle.

I don’t fear death.  I do, however, fear dying, for death is a known, and we all know that it will take us in its grasp.  Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain) describes death as “the well earned rest”.  Regardless of how each of us perceive what follows it, the dying is the unknown, and we have that fear of the unknown that causes reluctance to proceed.  We have no way of knowing, until those final moments, what course the dying will take.  Will it be instantaneous?  Perhaps drawn out and painful?  By whatever means, can it be less painful than a slow demise, home, in bed, without purpose?  Especially, when our time in history has such a purpose, which needs to be fulfilled more than at almost any other time in our history?

As assuredly as death will take us all, the dying is nothing more than the doorway to the former.  If we don’t fear the former, then, perhaps, it is better to discount the latter, as it will be as inevitable as the former, though it is how the latter is achieved that determines just how history will look upon us.

In peace, material prosperity, self-indulgence, and the preservation of existence, are the general aim.  In war, the individual is only one of many, and each expendable, and self-sacrifice is accepted as the norm.  It is the evolution between the two states of mind that must be accomplished before effectual change can occur.

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4 Responses to “He Who Leads the Charge”

  1. Tom says:

    Who will lead? I believe that question is answered by the current Executive, Legislative and Judicial jack-boots. Should we graze across the various media flora, we note the direction we are being shoved, and we fat cows are not bawling over the unfamiliar trail we are accustomed too. We observe the deterioration of our nation. Those who speak out are framed as lunatics, right wing extremists. So we continue to get up in the morning, have our coffee and donut, take off for work, come home and want to watch the newest reality programming.
    As Americans we have grown fat, lazy, docile, and unconcerned, seemingly in a state of unbelief and as if we are watching some other reality program play out in our daily lives. A program we are so willing to accept. Oh, there are the peppers’ who ready themselves for WTSHTF, or dooms day, some militias forming secretly, people purchasing stores of food, firearms, ammunition and etc., but, who will lead when the first shot (already performed) is fired.
    My take is George Washington was the first to violate the U.S. Constitution by sending troops into the hills of Pennsylvania to collect taxes from the moonshiners so as to pay down the National War Debt. The Constitution failed from its beginning and continues to fail because there are men only too assured they can get away with it as we see the boy in the White House is doing, only more boldly and daring with no consciousness in regard to what it is doing.

    • ghunt says:

      Washington, when he sent the militia to put down insurrection and enforce the law of the land, was totally within the powers and authorities granted the federal government by the Constitution.
      The Constitution was ratified by the states. If they didn’t ratify it, Washington could not sent the militia. The state ratifications of the Constitution were not done by the state legislature, rather by delegates selected from the various parts of the state., by the people of those parts. That means the majority approved of the powers and authorities that were implemented when Washington sent them out to deal with it.
      Unlike today, people had respect for obligations of debt, if they were entered into voluntarily. That debt had to be paid, and the Constitution provided the means to pay it. Had we not paid it, what resources would we have had access to in 1812? Or, would we have returned to British rule?
      Patriot mythology often misrepresents history.

      • Tom says:

        For me to rediscover the point where Washington violated the Constitution to send troops into Pennsylvania to forcibly extract taxes to pay down the Government War Debt will be difficult for me to rediscover. It would take me time, but it is a well documented fact that he had no Constitutional right to do this as taxation was not a part of the amendments, only added later, well after Washington’s time. I am not a genious on history, so if you would direct me to your sources. As I understand it there was not a insurrection but a bastardization of the truth. To be blunt. I am a subscriber to ‘Strike the Root: A journal of Liberty. These guys are far from stupid and have no tolerance for myth. The resources they are able to go to is a plethora of documents. It is like Abraham Lincoln violated the Constitution numerous times just to do what he wanted to do. So. If it would not be too much of a bother to you I would appreciate a documented refutation of my statement. I am going to attempt to dig out my sources which shows Washington illegally used federal troops against the Pennsylvania moonshiner to collect a tax, I am not speaking of Shays Rebellion, which I believe had merit. I am not presenting this to be argumentative, but would deeply appreciate anything that you can provide to disprove my point. I am not afraid of being wrong, and if so I would like to correct it.
        As to insurrection, it may have been because the moonshiners were enraged. Washingtons troops met with a massive force of mountain people which cause him to withdraw the troops. You see, the moonshiners did what they did because it was the least expensive manner in which to get their corn product to the market, easier to transport quart jars of moonshine than wagon loads of corn which would soon go to spoilage and cause a loss of income to the mountain people.

        With all due respect.

        • ghunt says:

          Article I, Section 8, clause 1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.

          The excise tax on alcohol was enact as a means of paying of the debt.

          Article I, Section 8, clause 1: To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.

          Congress directed Washington to use what expedient he thought necessary to deal with the refusal to abide by the laws (excise tax) and with the apparent insurrection.

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