To The Daily Sun,
"Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light." — Dylan Thomas
That is just what retired Army veteran Chris Mintz did as the mass murderer was killing and wounding students at an Oregon college. He rushed the killer, getting wounded several times and likely saving more students from injury and death.
In Lt. Col. David Grossman's very instructive book, "On Combat," he mentions the "sheepdog." "It can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed." Now, many of us are not able to combine aggressive courage with a relentless love of country and freedom.
However, what Dr. Ben Carson said in making his generalized comment, is that we can all at least try to be mentally prepared to react the way Chris did. How the many can overwhelm the attacker so that less harm and death will come to the whole group. Of course, none of us actually knows how we would react in such a life-or-death situations. Training, nature and our innate fight or fight response will factor into that equation. But, isn't Lou Dobbs correct when he asserts that congratulations should go out to Dr. Carson for wanting citizens to think about how they would react to a life threatening situation?
The corrosive, leftist-leaning mainstream media immediately concluded that Dr. Carson was purposely being insensitive toward the victims and survivors. The progressive left proves once again that it is loathe to believe that this country's citizens can be self-reliant and willing to sacrifice. Oh no, their socialist proclivities believe that government reliance, dependency and victimhood are what a society should embrace in their "sheepish," Utopian and pacifist world. Lou Dobbs goes on to say that Dr. Carson's "action over acquiescence" should inspire all of us rather than frighten us.
Lou wonders if there are enough of us who still feel that this country stands for independence, self-reliance and sacrifice. I think that we still do, though I admit we may be nearing the tipping point. That point where acquiescence and dependence supersedes the glorious "live free or die" attitude that has been imbued within our psyche since the dawn of our Constitutional Republic.
There is one phrase that made a huge impact on me years ago when I decided to take a perilous internal journey when life was looking particularly bleak. "What goes on around you - - - - compares little with what goes on inside you." — Ralph Waldo Emerson. That is true of all of us individually and painfully true for all of us as a country today.
We must decide if we still want to be that courageous and compassionate beacon on the hill or if we will give in to the progressive left. The side that threatens to fundamentally transform us into just one more powerful country that thought it could survive the ravages of the totalitarian socialists. My daily prayer is that we as citizens will not let the light of liberty flicker and die and that we will "rage against the dying of the light."
Are you with me, Dr. Carson, Lou Dobbs, Chris Mintz and all of our soldier "sheepdogs"? Remember, the wolves are at our door.
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