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Times that Try Men’s Souls are Overwhelming by Design

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Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941: Each generation goes through times that try men’s souls. Only through courage, determination, preparation, skill and a commitment to do what it takes do they prevail. Or we could just post “Molon Labe!” comments.

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods… — Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”

The gun-grabbers are coming at us from all directions. Oath Breaker-in-Chief Barack Obama and the leading Democrat contender for his job, the wretched unindicted co-conspirator Hillary Clinton, have both made citizen disarmament centerpieces of their political platforms, implying Australian-style gun confiscations are in the plans.

The “newspaper of record” took the unusual step of giving its citizen disarmament editorial front page headline placement, advocating:

Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.

Another top-reaching paper, The New York Daily News, actually had the hate-filled gall to equate one of the San Bernardino massacre victims with the Islamist terrorists who murdered him and 13 other human beings in cold and calculated blood. And that goes to the heart of another evil plot being coordinated from the White House, that in anticipation of further Islamic terror attacks, what’s needed are edicts disarming more Americans.

“To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun,” the p-word (see Ralph Peters link, below) declared in a speech that should have focused on the threat he’s instead obsessed with importing and embedding throughout the Republic. “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon?”

Oh, I don’t know. How about the Constitution? How about due process? How about innocent until proven guilty? How about the entire process is secret, we have no idea how many are on the list and even less of an idea on how to get wrongly placed names off it?

But see, it all fits in nicely with the “progressive” contention that we shouldn’t say “radical Islam” (or “illegal alien”). Instead, we should condemn “illegal guns” (as in those semi-autos the gun-grabbers insist be confiscated), and “violent extremists” (that way, they can follow SPLC’s lead and put no-compromise gun owners and Oath Keepers on their prohibited person watch list).

And the thing is we then get dolts presumably on “our side” buying into the Big Lie and betraying the very people who gave them political power in the first place, like “conservative” Brian W. Schoeneman. The self-described “Republican activist” brags about his pro-gun creds: NRA endorsement, Virginia Citizens Defense League endorsement, and how he’s “to the right of Attilla the Hun” (Hint: that’s not exactly a confidence builder when the focus ought to be on promoting and protecting individual rights).  He then goes on to propose a mental health tax on all gun transfers (requiring payment to exercise a right and playing right into the mental health blanket dragnet liberty violations), the no-due-process “terror watchlist,” and a way for government to delay gun purchases indefinitely by giving turning NICS into the National  as Long as We Want to Take System, among other infringements.

We get other “conservatives” who appear to get it, such as Derek Hunter of Townhall, who correctly calls the Democrats a “death cult.” He hits all the right marks, how the gun-grabbers are waiting for blood to dance in, blaming gun owners instead of terrorists, how major media is going full throttle with the propaganda, how it’s a total logical disconnect to rail against police for killing blacks and then demand police be the “Only Ones” with guns…

And then he goes and shares all the reasons why we ultimately need to abandon our principles in order to “win”:

When I hear Republicans and/or conservatives whine about this, that or the other thing when it comes to someone who agrees with them 80 percent of the time, I’m reminded of why we lose … I’d not only vote for Lindsey Graham, I’d work tirelessly to elect him if he wins the nomination … Anyone who doesn’t do all they can to win for whoever the Republican nominee is has thrown in with the left. They’re urinating on the Constitution … But if we get four more years of a Democrat, you can not only kiss the Second Amendment goodbye, you can forget it all.

So voting in Quislings and backstabbers serves a greater good, and it’s not the enemy in your camp you need to worry about?  Turncoat Republican gun prohibitionists like Mark Kirk or George Pataki are better than Democrat gun prohibitionists? And we needn’t worry about Lindsey Graham or Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio and their suicidal “immigration reform” policies that, according to all credible information at hand, will result in the directed cultural terraforming of the Republic within a generation, not to mention an unchallengeable Democrat supermajority in the legislatures and the courts? Hunter can give us something besides wishful thinking and platitudes to assure us Republicans über alles aren’t also a death cult, albeit one that just takes a bit longer for the Kool-Aid to work?

And if the new majority votes out the Second Amendment, our only choice will be to kiss it goodbye? Turn in those guns, Mr. And Mrs. America?

That’s pretty much what “libertarian” blog Popehat wants us to believe in a post by attorney and talking head Marc Randazza, who, in his best Borg voice assures us resistance with our puny rifles is futile. But why stop at carpet bombing cities to crush defiant gun owner, when even more genocidal options exist? Who but a traitor and a coward wouldn’t take up arms to stop such monsters?

They’re coming at us from all directions, aren’t they? These are the times that try men’s souls and there ain’t no end in sight.

But that’s the way it was when Paine wrote those words, and thank God no one listened to the naysayers and the “experts” who would have counseled unconditional surrender, turning in the troublemakers and begging for mercy. Many Oath Keepers reading this have gone through your own personal trials by fire and seen things through to the other side of hell on earth with principles and honor intact.

Today we remember Pearl Harbor, another time that tried men’s souls. On Dec. 7, 1941, my father turned 21. Hell of a birthday present, wasn’t it?  He went on with the Marines to Guam. His brother was sent to Guadalcanal. How do you think the horrible choices they had to make, and the terrifying mortal challenges they were forced to face looked to them?

Point being, it’s what we who would call ourselves patriots are required to do. And it’s not just active law enforcement and military Oath Keepers who have a sacred obligation not to follow orders to disarm the American people. The rest of us have an equal commitment to those whose sacrifices bequeathed us the Blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity to disobey such orders.

The way we get through to where we must go is to not give in to the ignorance and weaknesses of fools.

“First of all, he keeps speaking about ‘We can’t give in to our fears Don’t be afraid,’” Fox News Strategic Analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters observed following Obama’s Dec. 6 terrorism address to the nation. “Look, Mr. President, we’re not afraid, we’re angry!   … You’re afraid!”

That’s an astute observation, and it applies to everyone who doesn’t trust Americans with guns, with freedom, and with a commitment to cast out the parasites, the traitors and the criminals who seem to believe their function is to rule. It applies to “progressives” who would have the weak-minded believe opposing their depredations is the same as being “anti-government”

I don’t mean to abuse the great privilege that it is to write for Oath Keepers by suddenly veering into territory best left to those more conversant in religious principles than I will ever be, but Paine started it with his reference to hell not being easily conquered and Heaven knowing the proper price to put upon its goods.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” Ephesians tells us. That we do, but it manifests itself in the physical world, and that’s where down payments on the final price are made.

We are facing dark days. We cannot lose courage and we cannot lose faith. And we cannot know what price will be required from each of us.

One thing’s for sure: It will cost a lot more than occasional blog comments and forum posts, at least for those who will make a difference. If you’re not already making them, there’s no better time than now to determine what your best ongoing efforts need to be, and how they can supplement the contributions and labors of others.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. Flock em all. These SOBs will MEVER give up so when the Muslims slash their throats, good riddens. For the rest of us, Molina labe.

  2. Winston Churchill made a statement of which I can only remember part of the four parts it contained. A government will become so corrupt that the citizenry will have no choice but to take up arms and fight back knowing that they are going to die. Are we quickly reaching this point? How much further will the usurpation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights have to undergo before we as citizens will collectively stand up? When does the talk end and the action begin?

    1. Did you not hear about Bundy Ranch, Ferguson? The Clerk? The Billboards? Actions have been ongoing, and unfortunately escalating as each time those that SERVE WITHIN our governments increase the criminal element that they commit against the people.

      There are still other actions that can be taken.

      I, personally, would like to see charges brought for First Degree Murder, Treason, *Terrorism, felony Oath breaking, Perjury, etc before we have to defend ourselves with arms, if for no other reason then that it will start to focus the general publics eye on the lawfulness and un lawfulness, the delegated authority, and what is NOT under the auspices of those that serve within our governments, of actions done before we must defend ourselves and the US Constitution with arms.

      Yes, courts are corrupt, but a corrupt judge can be removed constitutionally for not using “Good Behaviour”.

      1. I agree with the premise of attempting all other routes first. After all, the Founding Fathers sent Sam Adams and Otis several times to England to try to reason with the English government. We need to appeal to Congress, the Courts, and the leadership of both major parties, and if they want to continue the corruption, then start talking about ….denying consent.
        and potentially withdrawing allegiance…

        All have a different break point. Mine was reached when the DHS in the Intelligence Assessment for 2009 declared me a Right Wing Extremist.

      “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed;
      if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may
      come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

      1. David, thank you for all you have done and continue to do to spread much needed information.
        For you and any others interested, a good check on “refugees” and what could and what should be done and the basis for what needs done, see: publius hulda blog for the most recent. Her take on things meshes with yours, Steven Rhode’s and also with Dr. Edwin Vierria, Jr.’s constructs.
        We can do some things, need to do others, but appealing to Congress is a fruitless indeavor unless there is a power behind our cause. We need so very much to get our States’ Legislatures, Governors, Lt. Govs, and leaderships involved.
        The branches of government included the States. The three branches alone were the central governments domain with very limited authority. All residual power rested with the States. They need to step up and take back that authority. It is up to us to see that they do so.
        State militias must be restored, it not by Congress, then by State governments. Hulda agrees. Let us start the process at our own State capitals and let us get it done.

      2. Well said David and I totally concur. There is so much going on now it is almost impossible to get a firm grip on anything, however, we must do everything possible to salvage this Sovereign Constitutional Republic…..with hope, or no hope whatsoever, I stand with my American brothers and sisters willing to “give it all” rather than to submit to this scourge. “They” have a notable task and they are dealing with a notable adversary themselves……Traditional Homegrown Americans !!

      3. “No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united Cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” – Edmund Burke

        Compare to:

        “Molon Labe!” – Anonymous Chatroom Commando

        The internet is more of a curse than a blessing.

    3. This is a wonderful article, and I enjoy the comments of your readers. It does my heart good to know there are so many who are willing to stand – to the death – which I will also.

  3. it’s a really dismal time in america when no one wants to admit the truth to the american public…

    It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent.

    H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress session June 5, 1933 – Joint Resolution To Suspend The Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States and the official capacities of all United States Governmental Offices, Officers, and Departments and is further evidence that the United States Federal Government exists today in name only.

    The receivers of the United States Bankruptcy are the International Bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

    All United States Offices, Officials, and Departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War Powers.

    With the Constitutional Republican form of Government now dissolved, the receivers of the Bankruptcy have adopted a new form of government for the United States.

    This new form of government is known as a Democracy, being an established Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America.

    This act was instituted and established by transferring and/or placing the Office of the Secretary of Treasury to that of the Governor of the International Monetary Fund.

    1. You do not understand.

      No one who serves within our government was delegated that authority so it is NOT lawful and binding on the American people, Treason. Enforcement are crimes, Treason and *Terrorism.

      *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

  4. It is time to get serious, sheeple! I told you that they will get our guns. The compromised SCOTUS refused to take the case in Chicago of banning semi-automatic weapons; this will also apply to many other leftist cities and a host of others that will follow suit by banning them. It is more than likely that the Muslim-Marxist jihadist will try to ban them across the nation with an executive order, no doubt. Ignoring the obvious takeover of our nation is cowardly to say the least. Everybody, excluding me, have fancy techno ways of communication; it is time that they be used to reach our so-called representatives, overwhelm them, and let them know in no uncertain terms that we are not going to be disarmed! The shit has hit the fan and it is imperative that it fly towards Moscow West instead of our way! My God, what the hell is wrong with the people? Your freedom is on the line but must of America is out to lunch – literally! All states should be manning militias as our trampled over constitution permits “US” and we should be contacting our representatives and telling them this is what we DEMAND in light of this satanic, totalitarian NWO regime trying to ban citizens from defending themselves!

    1. There were these two small towns in a rural setting, that had all they needed to get by everyday. They even provided food and commerce to the large city near them. Then one day the rulers of the whole region, decided to take more from these small towns with out paying for it. They made laws that said the two small towns owed the rulers the increase because it was their “duty” to do so. When the people from the two small towns objected, the rulers were indignant and added more laws, requiring more payments. They said “those two small towns needed to know there place.” Now it’s important to note, that these two small towns had been around a while, and they had made a small community defense force against wild animals and savages in their surrounding area. So it’s important to note, that they were not afraid to take care of themselves, because they had to. The rulers of the region did not provide this security, while still demanding payment for it. So the rulers decided to force the payments on the two small towns, with local magistrates. The two small towns said no to this and even citizens of the near by large city joined in. They burned the magistrates home in protest. There were many other voices in the large city and even in the two small towns, that said ” can’t we all just get along.” They said” we need to use the system of our government, to end this disagreement, not violence. But the rulers ignored the rules and said that they would send soldiers to force payment. So they sent soldiers, but the two small towns had an alert system and were waiting when he soldiers arrived. It’s important to note, that the soldiers were not sworn to protect the two small towns, they were sworn, even pressed or forced, to protect the rulers only. So these soldiers were not happy with the two small towns people at all. When the soldiers arrived at the first small town, they were surprised to see the towns defense force, made up of the towns people, standing in the way. The leader of the towns force said, ” you need to stop, you are breaking the law by coming here to take our money and our guns.” The rest, is history, or is it? We re now faced with that same challenge. Will we fight, will we be free, even until we are dead? Farmers, blacksmiths, doctors, lawyers, grocers, and on and on, they died that day, but those seasoned British Marines, with their state of the art training, equipment and combat experience, never saw it coming. They couldn’t believe, that a rag tag force of everyday people, could stop them, But they did and we will too. Sempre Avanti

  5. I for the life of me, I can not figure out where, they think, they have the authority to even touch our Right to Keep and Bare Arms? I mean can they not read? The 2nd Amendment does not Grant any rights to the People or any authority to the Government, it is a statement of a Right that can not be infringed upon by the Federal Government and a statement of an obligation of the federal and State Governments to make sure that the People/militia are trained and well equipped with the arms of the most modern armies.

    Amendment II of the united States of America

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

  6. GREAT piece David! Thanks for connecting to the “religious principles” so critically related. We are in the culling of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:33-34, 41) Our Lower NY Hudson Valley is the Tale of Three Sheriffs. 2 Sheriffs, stepped up at risk to themselves, honored their oaths and put people before politics, while the third took the safer path to straddle the issue. There has never been a more important time and place for strong Oath Keeper Chapters!!!!

  7. We are in for one hell of a fight.
    I’m seeing people awaken I never believed would. That, combined with record firearms sales, is why ‘they’ have become extremely cagey entities indeed!
    Americans are done playing games.

    Excellent article… well timed.

  8. “Oh, I don’t know. How about the Constitution? How about due process? How about innocent until proven guilty? How about the entire process is secret, we have no idea how many are on the list and even less of an idea on how to get wrongly placed names off it?”

    Or, how about the no-fly list becomes a method of taking people’s guns? We could see most American adults suddenly on the no-fly list.

    I agree with another comment – Americans are done playing games (or at least all but the 20% liberals-no-matter-what are done).

  9. “The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they take it away” Thomas Jefferson. It is very clear the reason for the second amendment, it is not about hunting or sports or even so much to guard ourselves from foreign invasion,but it is indeed intended to keep us from the bondage of tyrants.

  10. When trying times really does come upon us all, the 4GW principle should be the only way that Americans like us should conduct our activities. The personal removal with extreme prejudice of the puppet masters where ever they are along with the policy makers and the order givers should be the main objective of those of us that give our all
    in defense of liberty.
    Civilians should be held in high esteem and taken care of at all times when possible.and contact with the trigger pullers of the beast should be avoided whenever it is feasible to do so. They should be engaged only when it is a definite advantage to do so. If it is not then melt away and rally in another sector.
    By following these tactics you will be assured the support of the populace, the power of the order takers will be stymied and their moral will fall making them ineffective, the will and resolve of TPTB will dry up and those that are lucky enough to be left unscathed will rethink their agenda and many will fade away for their own and their families own survival.
    Our founding fathers went for 15+ years peacefully asking for redress and we should strive to do no less. Those who outlaw peaceful protest enable violent revolution. More and more we are having our right to peaceful protest stopped cold. If the alternative has to be commenced then if would behoove any and all patriots to study 4GW in all of its aspects for the coming storm that we are going to have to weather.

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