The conversation begins so innocently. Something like, "Hey! I like your Trump flag" or "Nice MAGA hat." Half an hour later you stumble away muttering, "It's colossal asshats like him that give true Patriots a bad name."
For the last eight months, I've been arguing passionately that true Patriots are peaceful, intelligent, loving, God-fearing people. You know it and I know it. But in every barrel there's that one frickin' bad apple. A stupid, bloodthirsty, racist disgrace besmirching the good name of "Patriot."
The Powers-That-Be love it, painting us all with the same brush.
Unluckily for me, I recently ran across that one frickin' bad apple. What an education!
Before every historic moment of Human Greatness, first there comes a "Hells No" moment. A Hero stands up and says, "ENOUGH!" drawing a line in the sand.
When Battle of the Bulge hero, General McAuliffe, responded to a Nazi surrender demand with one word, "Nuts!" that was a line in the sand.
When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Church door in Wittenberg, German and told the Diet of Worms, "Here I stand. I can do no other," that was a line in the sand.
When William Tyndale stood lashed to the stake at which he would be burned for translating the Bible into English, he said, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes." That was a line in the sand.
When Jean Luc Picard said, "We've made too many compromises already. Too many retreats...They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here. This far! No farther!" that was a line in the sci-fi sand.
When Captain John Paul Jones shouted, "I have not yet begun to fight!" that was a line in the sand. (And don't you dare cancel my culture by calling his quote "apocryphal"!)
And last night when President Trump said, "This country...belongs to you, the American people. This is your home. This nation is your heritage. And our magnificent American Liberty is your God Given Right. The people of this land will not be ruled and talked down to by corrupt politicians, petty tyrants, left-wing bullies or socialist bureaucrats in a place called Washington, D. C. It's not gonna happen"...that was a magnificent line in the sand.
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