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Guys, it's been done. Really. This whole argument you have about how ordinary folks need their AR-15s to protect their rights from the government. And someday the authorities might try to round all your firearms up, but you're going to fight, and...

Totally did it. We took that little notion about as far as it could go. How do I know this? Because I'm the poor son of a bitch who tried it. And as they say, things went south.

What do you think the Confederacy was? It was the largest, most well-organized American militia group that ever tried to take on the US military. And they went after us like a pack of pitbulls going through an old folks home. It was not pretty. And when your time comes, you and your camping buddies from the real estate firm are not going to last anywhere near as long as we did, okay? You'll get a million views on YouTube, they'll pop you into a federal prison, and nothing will be any different.

Why does this matter? Because a main argument you gun nuts use to fend off regulation is that you act as a powerful check on tyranny. You do not. I know it, the feds know it, and even you know it, deep down.

Right now there are rightwingers filming TSA agents and sending it to Drudge. There are leftwingers tracking CIA black sites. People across the spectrum are hassling their representatives and planning demonstrations. Many of these actions are pretty pitiful to be honest. But all of them are much more effective than your stupid game of Weekend Apocalypse. You might as well become Civil War reenactors. And believe me, admitting that is unspeakably painful.

Stop playing soldier, stop preventing common sense gun control laws, and take some responsibility for your government.

And by the way, NASCAR sucks, Carolina barbecue is overrated, and Lynrd Skynyrd are from Florida, which isn't even part of the South. I'm done here.

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Originally posted to on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:30 AM PST.

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  •  How did Grant defeat you, Bobby? (3+ / 0-)
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    jo fish, bmcphail, BachFan

    He just plain out-stubborned  you; he kept throwing men at the Army of Northern Virginia until you ran out of men yourself. Now, he mostly threw them in fairly smart ways, compared to, say, Burnside; but he didn't outgeneral you.

    Now, consider this, dear gun lover; is there anything on earth more stubborn than the Federal bureaucracy?

    I didn't think so.

    If it comes to it, they will not stop, and they will grind you into mud. Just ask Bobby Lee. Or Longstreet. Or Ludendorrf. Or Rommel. Fine generals, all; and they were defeated by the Yankee soldier backed by the implacable stubbornness of the US government.

    You might ask Osama bin Laden about that, come to think of it.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:05:14 AM PST

    •  William Tecumseh Sherman, December 1860 (3+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark, triplepoint, BachFan

      "You people of the South don't know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is follu, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about. War is a terrible thing! You mistake too, the people of the North. They are a peaceable people but an earnest people, and they will fight too. They are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mightly effort to save it... Besides, where are your man and appliances of war to contend against them? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive or railway car, hardly a yard of cloth or a pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical people on earth - right at your doors. You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and your determination are you prepared for war. In all else you are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with. At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, shut out from the markets of Europe as you will be, your cause will begin to wane. If your people will but stop and think, they must see that in the end you will surely fail."

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:31:42 AM PST

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  •  Snarky yet insightful, as always (0+ / 0-)

    however I have not tried SC BBQ, so I will leave that to your judgement.

    Reach for the sky, Touch the sky, Revive a hope, For Mankind!

    by Greatwyrm on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:21:47 AM PST

  •  Actually we were really lucky with Lee (4+ / 0-)

    He ordered his men to surrender rather than go in to the hills and fight an endless insurgency.

    Screwed up as the country is now, can you imagine if we'd had the entire south behaving like the IRA for 150 years?

    •  Yeah... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...The place'd be filled with homemade explosives, crazy political figures, and terrible fiddle music. Wait.

      •  We'd be a lot more like the Israel and Palestine (2+ / 0-)
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        Paul Bibeau, demjim

        or we'd have split off eventually anyway and ended up like Pakistan and India.

        Seriously....we have a situation where the battles are mostly waged in the political arena and where spillover into direct violence against the state is relatively rare.

        Had they gone to ground, we would have been looking at constant violence held down by brutal force with no end in sight.   Instead of what actually happened, which, while flawed in many ways, was no where near as bad and allowed some human and civil rights to slowly emerge over the decades.

        •  Not my thought (0+ / 0-)

          I think the examples of Sherman and Shenandoah would have served as guidance, especially after the assassination of Lincoln.

          The North would have systematically reduced the South to a place incapable of supporting rebellion. No railroads, no farm buildings, no livestock, and armed slaves with a grudge.

          Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

          by blue aardvark on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:08:54 AM PST

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  •  Florida was part of the Confederacy (1+ / 0-)
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    Much of Northern Florida is indistinguishable from Georgia and the Panhandle isn't that much different from Alabama. South Florida is not really part of the South (& it was pretty much uninhibited by non-natives in the 1860s), but once you get North of the I-4 corridor, the Confederate battle flags are plentiful.

    In fact, we Floridians have a saying, Florida- the further North you go, the further South you get.

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