Will Zimbabwe come to Maine?

Posted: 27/06/2008 in Uncategorized
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The big news over the last couple of days is the story surrounding the Supreme Courts overturning of the DC gun ban. In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Court upheld the fact that the purpose of the 2nd amendment was to certify that the citizenry was allowed to possess firearms for personal protection and hunting. There exists in the volumes of history no shortage of references to the issue of weapons in the hands of a nations population. Those nations whose population are allowed to defend themselves remain free nations. Those who do not, become dictatorial nations with an enslaved citizenry.
When a nation is armed for self defense, it is armed against tyranny. Many people disagree with the ruling, as well as with the concept of owning a firearm in the home, and claim that the 2nd amendment suggests that it was intended for these firearms to be used for military purposes, and that only the militia, which today is the National Guard, should be allowed to use firearms. But this position simply doesn’t hold. The militia of today is not the militia of the latter 1700’s.Today , the militia is considered to be our weekend warriors, the National Guard. But 230 years ago, the militia consisted of people like you and me. everyday folk who were bent upon maintaining their freedom, unwilling to let a single man, or group of men from attaining complete control and authority over the populace of the newly formed nation. An armed nation is a free nation, as the saying goes.
But not so in every nation in the world. While we sit around sipping mocha latte’s at Starbucks complaining about how the cost of gas is the fault of speculators, other nations are embroiled in poverty and political slavery. The Houston Chronicle this morning had a story about a woman who was trying to report another woman who had died in the Rio Grande area of Texas. She had perhaps died of maybe a scorpion sting or snake bite. Sounds like a simple story, but the reality is that these women were being smuggled into the United States illegally, fleeing from nations that would prefer their own citizens not have the right to keep and bear arms. Nations embroiled in poverty and despair, lacking the simple things you and I take for granted.
The freedom that the United States has attained is unlike freedom in many other nations. We look upon the signs of freedom as being able to participate in elections, protest the government, things like that. But that really isn’t necessarily freedom. Take Zimbabwe for instance. Today, or yesterday, depending on the time zone differences, a national election is being held for the presidency. Robert Mugabe, president for nearly thirty years now is expected to win by a landslide vote. Of course, one of the reasons for that landslide victory is because the opposition is not in a position to defend themselves. The result of which have been countless beatings and an unknown number of murders for the purpose of intimidating and oppressing the people of Zimbabwe. After all, doesn’t a majority vote mean the people want the winner to be the elected representative of a nation? (continued below)

But in most nations of the world, elections are usually a one way race, and Zimbabwe has become no different. Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the race last Sunday, after winning the first round of elections in March, but not by a margin large enough to ensure victory in a runoff election. Odds are, he would have handily won this time around if Mugabe had not threatened a civil war if he was not elected president once again. And on top of that threat, Zanu-PF party members began a campaign of terror and harassment to bully the opposition party members, the MDC into retreating in fear from their support of Tsvangirai.

Assassination and intimidation does not result in a free and democratic election. Intimidation is just another tool of a cowardly bully. One who is intent upon control at any cost. After shuttering Zimbabwe’s borders to much needed food and medical aid to his starving nation, Mugabe began detaining MDC officials and foreign aid workers, as well as diplomats. Zimbabwe has become a nation where a loaf of bread is selling for 30 billion Zimbabwean dollars, not that you can find a loaf of bread in the now empty markets. After the election it is expected that MDC party members, and other opponents of Mugabe’s regime will flee the country for protection and relief.
A similar cycle of events propelled Somali refugees into America a few years ago, and Maine now has a growing population of these immigrants. Will Maine accept these new arrivals with the same open arms? It will take perhaps months before this happens, but it will. Lady liberty still stands in New York harbor, with the flame of freedom lighting the way for the impoverished and downtrodden people of the world. Her light still shines because the United States of America is one of the few countries in the world where the right to keep and bear arms is central to retaining our freedom from oppression.
Bullies and thugs will only remain in power so long as they can intimidate and control their victims. When their victims become able to defend themselves, they will no longer be victims, but instead become victors in the wars of oppression around the world. Don’t let left wing liberal rhetoric fool you into believing that your rights to freedom are secondary to the Socialist dogma that the good of the whole takes priority over the good of the one. Fight for your right to remain free by voting for representatives who support the constitution and the way of life as I was meant to be. Anti gun, cradle to the grave Democrats are willing to give up that freedom in exchange for not having to take personal responsibility for themselves. But by giving up that responsibility, they usher in the way for a government who will be no different than the rest of the world. The United States of America is a unique nation upon the world. Instead of trying to be like every other nation, we need to encourage other nations to be like us. At least while we are still free to do so.


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