Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Got Militia?

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A case from Classic Arms would do it.

I like to torture myself in the morning by listening to the windbags on National Proletarian Radio, the Voice of Dull International Socialism and Self-Important Do-Gooding. This morning they interviewed the somewhat less than sparkling US Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, to solicit his Deep Thoughts about in Ukraine, where he has just paid a meddling visit. This is similar to my visiting your house, complaining about the food and the furniture arrangement and telling you your neighbor called your wife "ugly," but let that go.

What caught my ear was this billion bucks the US is going to give/loan to Ukraine, part of which they will spend on military. Of course, there's no way a Ukrainian army could stand up to the entire Russian army, so that's all a colossal waste of money and of possibly of lives.

Then it hit me: it would be cheaper to buy every man in the country a rifle and a pistol, and a pistol for every woman, and teach 'em all how to make IEDs. Come to think of it, we could do the same in the US. Nobody in his right mind -- other than the present US government -- would take on a fight like that against a whole nation. And it would be far cheaper than a professional military. In the US, say half the 300 million folks are men, 2/3 old enough to handle a rifle. Buy 'em all a rifle with 1,000 rounds for $200 & teach 'em how to use it. That's an army of 100 million men for only $20 billion, and you don't have to pay 'em a cent of retirement. Militia makes sense, professional army doesn't.

But what do I know? I'm no mor'n a natural born fool from Tennessee where we don't get to print our own money and know better than to meddle in other people's business for they might shoot you. We're nice, but we ain't that nice.

12 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on the head when you stated that only the US govt would declare war on 100 million pissed off (and armed) people of its own citizenry.

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  2. Exactly. And that was how it was suppose to work from the beginning a small Standing army and one big Militia that until needed nationally was available locally as an instrument of the people.

    I have pontificated about this topic several times. Also the Militia is a local instrument until it is called up either by a State or the US Congress so until such time that it is no politician or military officer is actually in control of it. The militia must be called by Congress and then taken under Federal jurisdiction (and paid BTW) for it to fall under the POTUS as Commander in Chief.

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  3. Amen and God Bless!!

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  4. There was one sentence in this that made me think and that sentence is, “Militia makes sense, professional army doesn't.” Do we need a professional army, YES. However not the bloated budget killing one we currently have. Our leaders have decided “high tech” is all that is needed. They spend trillions of dollars on overly complex weapon systems. Do we need some high tech weapons of course we do. The simple fact is we can never win a war with tech. That takes soldiers on the ground. Even though we need a standing army having a huge fulltime army simply does not make any sense. Unless the government’s real goal is to keep the nation in constant warfare to distract what is really happening.

    I am afraid for the last several Presidents their job has been to keep the country in a constant war somewhere in the world. This has served not only to distract but sadly, it might be the only thing keeping the economy gasping along. Obama tried to get us into Libyan war now it looks like he is focused to enter a conflict in Ukraine.

    Badger

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    1. Do we need a professional army, YES.

      Maybe modeled after the French Foreign Legion.

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      a conflict in Ukraine.

      The would be the dumbest move ever.

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  5. I have the same logic with ObamaCare. if they would have given every legal U.S. citizen $2-300,000 earmarked for healthcare, it would have given everyone healthcare at a cheaper outcome. But them political paybacks and back room crony deals could not transpire.
    However, with the billion $$$ we gave to Ukraine, that was basically an exchange for the Gold they needed to give back to Germany... wothless dollars for Gold... good deal for the bankers...

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    1. We have a thoroughly corrupt nation in about every way.

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  6. I also saw those cases of old Russian rifles at the last gun show. And I remember having the thought, "how funny it would be if the next American Revolution were fought using the same rifles that were used in the Russian revolution a hundred years earlier".

    The key difference between the militia and the standing army is one of quality. In a fight where your goal is the extermination of the opposing force, the militia simply cannot survive against any modern army. It is only when the goal is "less than extermination" that the militia gains any advantage at all. They do not gain sufficient advantage to win, only to deny victory to the opposition while both sides lose and increase the chances that the opposition will choose extermination as a strategy instead of domination.

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    1. I had thought about giving this away as the grand prize at one of our PATCONS if we could get far enough ahead in bucks. 20 men could be armed with a rife and 440 rounds for about $225 each.

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