Monday, November 24, 2014

Political Power, RKBA and a Hunger Games Fan Vid

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. -- Mao Zedung

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
-- Romans 13:3-4

The possession of weapons projects power. Thus, it appears as a symbol of political power not only in Scripture, but in history from the Etruscan fasces -- which reappeared in ancient Rome and again, in Mussolini's Italy -- to Chinese Communist leader Mao's famous quote.

Therefore, the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) marks the difference between a citizen and a mere subject. Many American officials and not a few citizens seem bent on reducing the general populace to the latter category.

That's why I found the video below so refreshing. It's a fan video based on the characters that appear in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games novels and the movies based on them. As an amateur production, it's not only well done, but it distills an important message from the larger works into a strong and memorable argument for the RKBA.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

In Case You Wondered . . .

I've posted a few of my fiction pieces on this blog about the Master of All Combat Arts, Ancient and Modern. In case you were wondering why I made him a Scot, here's just one example of the traditional Scottish warrior spirit.

"His most fearless act came during the same deployment. He confronted the leader of a 23,000-strong column of battle-hardened troops, led by an SS Panzer division, persuaded them they were outnumbered and outgunned by Allied forces, and forced them to surrender."