history, April 19th
is a day of resistance to tyranny.
Funny, really, that governments the world over
would choose to persecute their citizens on the same day, year after
Guess those too stupid
to learn from history truly are condemned to repeat it.
April 19, 1775
. Those pesky American Minutemen decided they
weren’t about to take any crap from British troops determined to take
At Thermopolye in ancient
, upon being told by his enemies, “We do not want your lives,
we only want your arms”, Spartan King Leonidas said two bold words: “Molon Labe”. (Come and get them.)
So said the Americans to the British that day.
died that April 19th. Over
the next few days the battle raged, leaving 95 Americans,
and approximately 270 British Army troops dead.
in the resistance to tyranny, a new nation was formed
April 19, 1775
the victory was short-lived. For
less than a hundred years later, the government of that newly formed
nation, under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, was well
on its way to becoming its own tyrannical state.
April 19, 1861
, President Lincoln issued proclamations authorizing the blockade
of Confederate ports. War had
not yet been declared with the South, but that meant little to
. During the three
months prior to war being officially declared,
’s Union Navy captured and seized numerous merchant vessels.
Those seizures were challenged in court on the basis the President
had exceeded his authority.
for the owners of the ships and cargo, the Supreme Court did then
what it seemingly still does today.
It did what it was told by the President.
In 1863 that Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that President Lincoln’s
actions were constitutional.
to 1903. Elliot Ness is born. Not in itself a fantastic historical event,
I’m sure, but a little down the road it became pretty relevant.
and his “Untouchables” from the Justice Department stormed
people’s homes without warrants, which the Justice Department still
does with disgusting regularity today.
claimed they had “good reason” for their tactics.
Don’t they always.
April 19, 1961
Bay of Pigs
disaster, really. But
by the 19th, all the invasion forces were either captured
or killed, leading to severe tensions between the Cubans and
. But that’s a tale for another day. Right Oliver?
April 19th event is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
It was here that a ragtag group of Patriots realized with crystal
clarity that to be deported from the Ghetto meant certain death at
the hands of the Germans. So, they did what any honorable person would
do. They started killing their
captors. And not on a small
scale, either. With only a
few stolen guns a handful of Jewish Freedom Fighters held off the
entire German army for over a month.
In order to “win”, the Germans had to raze the Ghetto to the
ground, and even then, many of the Jewish fighters escaped.
1993. April 19th.
. Federal agents, you
know, like Elliott Ness earlier in the century, bombed and burned
a religious compound and murdered 70 or so men, women and children. ‘Cause they were “different”. ‘Cause they had some guns. Legal, mind you, but that didn’t seem to matter
to Janet Reno or the Justice Department.
“Better 70 innocents should die than one guilty go free” was
apparently their motto.
years later someone got even for that though, didn’t they?
1995, April 19th,
. Called “the deadliest terrorist incident ever
to occur in the
(until 9/11, of course). Timothy McVeigh, disgusted at his government’s
(and Ruby Ridge before that), decided it was time to take
the war to the enemy. And he
took out 168 people and a federal government building to prove his
tyranny doesn’t end. But every
now and then there just might be some justice.
This April 19th for example, there are a couple
of trials going on in the nation.
, Cameron County Sheriff Conrado
Cantu goes on trial for allegations of abusing the power of his office. He, of course, denies any wrongdoing. They always do, though, don’t they?
one former State Trooper go on trial for numerous sex offenses,
stemming from a series of rapes that started when the alleged victim
was only 7 years old. That the former State Trooper hasn’t been hung
by his balls from City Hall is rather sad.
on that date, former Seaboard Police Chief Craig Ira Clapp is due
to be sentenced for accepting bribes from drug dealers. Nice work there, Chief.
unfortunately for patriots everywhere, the tide of tyranny does not
appear to be ebbing any time soon.
as in that wannabe-communist country to the North, governments insist
on stripping citizens of their God-given rights to freedom and liberty.
forces of all acronyms kick in doors in the wee hours of the morning
to steal guns away from law-abiding citizens.
some day soon, populations from both countries will take a page out
of King Leonidas’ book, and do like the heroes at
want our guns?
di Armani is a freelance writer based
in Lytton, BC.
He can be contacted at Christopher@diArmani.com.