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Proud to be a patriot

Megan Hodge September 19th, 2012

It really bothers me that the word “patriot” has come to have a negative connotation (News, “Patriot acts,” Clifton Adcock, Aug. 31, Oklahoma Gazette). Since when did it become wrong to support the country we live in and to attempt to uphold the ideals that our Founding Fathers believed in and our God-given rights?

The fact that there are organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center, some stranger named Mark Potok who doesn’t know us from Adam, keeping lists of people like us, is the very reason that we have to stand up for our rights.

The dictionary defines terrorism as the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion, and defines terror as violent or destructive acts committed by groups to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands. We are not using violence or coercion.

We are on a list because we believe the first step to martial law is to take away our guns and our Second Amendment rights by flooding the media with stories of mass shootings and imploring people to see how “bad” guns are.

We are on a list because we are on the right track, and putting our names on a list and calling us terrorists is a means to draw negative attention to people like us.

We are on a list because we believe that it takes more people like Potok for the government to take away our rights, and that is exactly what they are counting on. We are on a list because it is our hope that we can band together to get the truth out, so that one day, maybe we can have the combined strength and fortitude to do something about it. We are on a list to scare us into not speaking out, lest we be arrested for being a “terrorist.”

Who is using coercion here? Do you know that the Federal Reserve is a privately held (non-government) organization? Would you be curious about branches of the federal government purchasing large amounts of (mostly) hollow-point ammo, which cannot be used in warfare under the Geneva Convention?

Find a doctor who will actually show you a package insert from a vaccine, and you will read that they can, indeed, cause side effects such as SIDS, autism and many others. Do you know how many of our rights have already been taken away by laws like the Patriot Act?

Those of us who believe that the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 were inside jobs have actually taken the time to research the facts before coming to our conclusions, instead of listening to the propaganda that the government would have us believe. If everyone would take the time to research the true facts, the government would not have the ability to take away our rights, because everyone would be asking questions, instead.

Protecting our right to bear arms has nothing to do with being militia-minded terrorists. It means that if it comes down to it, we may have no choice but to pick up our arms and protect our God-given rights. We hope and pray that it doesn’t come down to that. In fact, nothing could make us happier than to be wrong about everything!

—Megan Hodge, Oklahoma City

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09.19.2012 at 08:12 Reply

As much as I want to find fault in what you’ve said, there is a surprising amount of truth in there.  The Second Amendment was written for the exact reason you suggest; to rebel when it becomes necessary.  

Unfortunately the complacency of those with stuff to lose prevents this.
  You must be one of those people; otherwise you’d already be rebelling.  The fact is; government has encroached on our lives greatly in the past 100 years, and it happened so subtly that no one really noticed it until the last decade.  Rebelling now would involve the kind of violence we see overseas, and there aren’t enough impoverished American’s (yet) for that to happen.

When we watch the unrest in these Middle Eastern countries it becomes obvious that the catalyst for action is poverty.
  When our people have nothing to lose, then they will fight.  And we are well on our way to being there.  How many American’s will begin to falter if they were out of work for just a month?  About 99% I imagine, many of whom would deny that truth to save political face.  This was what OWS was about.  Those were people who had already lost so much, and had they had jobs, it’s a safe bet that they wouldn’t have been protesting.  

As more and more American’s become unemployed, underemployed, or whose income isn’t keeping pace with the rise in gas prices and inflation, you’ll see more people bearing arms.  You’ll see more people ready and willing to fight back.  Until that time complacency will keep us firmly planted in our easy chairs in front of our big screen TV’s with a beer in one hand and a bag of chips in the other.

I imagine from your letter you’ve already seen it, but I highly recommend a documentary called Ethos, it touches on a lot of what you’d discussed.


09.26.2012 at 05:00 Reply

The letter I originally wrote had the following at the end, which was cut for space:

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."--Thomas Jefferson         I suppose he was a terrorist too?

I included this because, to me, it explains that our Founding Fathers were intelligent enough to know that no government is beyond corruption.

And yes, I do have "stuff" to lose.  My husband and I have 5 beautiful children to protect and teach the meaning of true patriotism to. 

I suppose you are correct stating that when more Americans have nothing to lose, that is when everyone will come together to fight back.  It just saddens me that the majority of Americans would have to reach such a desparate point before we can band together and fight for our freedoms that have already been taken from us a little at a time.