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In 480 B.C., the Persians demanded that the Spartans surrender their arms at Thermopylae. To which King Leonidas replied “Molon labe.” For those who have forgotten their high school Greek, that literally translates to “Having come, take,” but, in English, that would be the equivalent of “Come and take them, if you think you can.”

As Roger D. McGrath pointed out in The New American, that has been the patriotic battle cry for Americans for a very long time.

The colonials were always being told to surrender their arms to the Brits. Fortunately for all of us and for the world at large, they refused in no uncertain terms.

In 1835, the Mexicans were demanding the surrender of a cannon by the Texans. The Texans refused and, against superior numbers, managed to hang on to it. A few months later, the Mexicans, outnumbering the Texans by at least five-to-one, demanded that a handful of Texans surrender the Alamo. Again the Texans refused. The ensuing battle was bloody. The aftermath was even worse, as the Mexicans continued shooting and bayoneting the bodies long after Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and the others were dead.

That was part of the reason why when the Texans attacked the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto a short time later, their rousing battle cry was “Remember the Alamo!”

The battle was over in 18 minutes. As Trump might say: We won, they lost.

In 1944, it was the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge who delivered a surrender-or-else ultimatum to the acting division commander of the 101st Airborne Division. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s one word response lives on in the history books and in the hearts of red-white-and blue-blooded Americans: “Nuts!”

It was for an actor to carry forward the message, when Charlton Heston concluded his address at the 2000 NRA convention with: “You can have my guns when you pry them from my cold dead hands,” inspiring words spoken while hoisting a Kentucky rifle high above his head.

Frankly, I don’t even know why liberals keep waging their pointless war on guns when they have to depend on spokesmen the likes of Michael Bloomberg, a clown who has changed his party affiliation more often than I change my socks, and a high school nerd like David Hogg, who is trying to build a political career on the bodies of his dead classmates at Parkland. Not very inspirational, to say the least, which suggests he has a bright future in the dummycrats-Democratic party.

Liberals seem to use every shooting as a club with which to attack the Second Amendment, but it’s an illusion. There are only certain shootings that fit their criteria. Best of all are those that involve cops killing blacks, no matter how righteous the shooting might be. Second best are those occasions when crazy people shoot up schools, movie theaters or country music concerts.

But you didn’t hear much about it except on Fox when a loony commie-Bernie Sanders supporter named James Hodgkinson shot up a baseball diamond filled with Republican congressmen and their aides.

You also didn’t hear a loud clamor for guns being confiscated in gang-riddled Chicago after a recent weekend in which 11 people were killed and 70 others were wounded. Might it be that the silence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s contingent of black councilmen and congressmen know they’d never win another election if they actually went after the black drug-dealing thugs?

By the way, it’s been more than a week since the shootings and not a single arrest has been made. I believe it’s also safe to presume that the punks didn’t register a single one of those gats, although Chicago’s gun laws, the strictest in the world, require it. Go figure.

⦿ Speaking of which, we hear a lot of feverish hype about Russians meddling in our elections, but we don’t hear anything about the gerrymandering of congressional districts to ensure that blacks or Latinos will be able to elect X-number of blacks and Latinos. You don’t see that sort of selective district-drawings for the sake of Asians, Jews, Italians or Catholics.

If we’re all Americans and this is supposed to be a melting pot, and we are all expected to comply with the laws that Congress passes, why have we adopted what are essentially racial quotas, which are said to be the antithesis of what America is supposed to represent?

⦿ Austin, Texas, is considering changing its name because, horror of horrors, Stephen Austin owned slaves 180 years ago. Funny how that works; some of the same people who engage in retrospective vilification, condemning the likes of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Christopher Columbus and Mr. Austin, don’t seem to have a problem with everything from streets to libraries to government buildings in West Virginia bearing the name or image of former Ku Klux Klan Kleagle and Senate majority leader Robert Byrd.

Frankly, I hope Texans rise up the way their ancestors used to and demand that Austin, Texas, remains Austin, Texas. Of course, if it happens there must be a name change, I would suggest changing it to Prelutsky, Texas. I swear I never owned slaves.

⦿ When faced with the prospect of arguing with a dummycrats-Democrat, you would be well-advised to keep James Randi’s words in mind: “Those who believe without reason cannot be convinced by reason.”

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