The immortal ancient Greek words, "Mολὼν λαβέ", pronounced "Molon Lave" in English, are the words spoken by the Spartan King Leonidas to the Persian tyrant Xerxes at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., when Xerxes demanded that the 300 Greeks defending the pass from the invaders surrender their weapons. Leonidas' famous words mean "come and take them". They are also my words to Obama and his lap dogs.
Supreme Commissar Barrack Obama has just issued 23 Executive Dictates, to implement his Orwellian intrusive ideology to disarm American citizens. He further plans to ram more people-control measures through congress, again disguised as gun control.
As a fascio-progressive, Obama sees big government intrusion and control as an ideal, and liberty as an obstacle, because we poor average citizens simply are not capable of deciding what is good for us, or acting in our own best interests. This was the source of his campaign remarks in 2008, when he stated: "And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Well, yes, Barrack, I'm going to cling to my guns and Bible, precisley because those are the things that made us a free, responsible and great nation.
Many of you might recall that some 72 years ago in World War II, the Nazi Germans decided to invade the Island of Crete, Greece, after over-running the Greek mainland. The people of Crete, along with their British allies, fought the overwhelming Nazi machine bravely, just as the 300 Spartans did at Thermopylae. The importance of the possession by civilians of military-type firearms in this epic struggle is demonstrated in the excerpt below, taken from the book by George Psychoundakis titled "The Cretan Runner".
The author was from a village on the island called Asi Gonia, and served as a courier for the Cretan resistance and the British SOE on the Island during the 4 year resistance battle. When the Germans first invaded, it was by paratroopers, and thousands of Nazis died at the hands of the Cretan civilians and British. Shortly after the invasion, Germans appeared at Asi Gonia, and the following excerpt relates what happened when they arrived:
"The First Germans in my Village"
"Not many days passed before four Germans arrived from Argyroupolos with an interpreter. They sat down at the coffee shop, summoned the Mayor of the village, and at once began asking him questions. The first thing they asked was, had the villagers taken part in the against the parachutists? The Mayor answered that our village was so far away that we hardly knew that a battle had taken place. Then they asked if the village possessed any arms, but once more the mayor said that the villagers had given up all their arms to the country at the time of the Albanian War [October 1940-JD], and that only a fowling piece or two still remained. The Germans said they must all be handed over, even the fowling pieces, and that for each gun that was withheld ten men would be shot and their homes burnt down.
'You must collect them at the village police-station and the police will bring them to us at Argyroupolos,” they said “and the wireless set must be handed over as well.' So the owner was called and told where and when it should be taken. Meanwhile some of the villagers had collected and were gazing at the Germans with curiosity. And the inquisitive ones were not a few, because many thought they were beholding some kind of strange animal.
The villagers thought it would be wise to hand over a few rotten and harmless guns [much like the guns in modern gun buy-back programs-JD] –any old iron to deceive the Germans with—in case they had learnt that we possessed any arms. It would be best, they said, for the sporting-guns to be handed over as well lest the Germans should learn the owners’ names from the list of licenses at Chanea. [The danger of gun registration-JD] So about a dozen sporting-guns were collected at the police station, and about the same number of totally useless rifles. The good ones were hidden away as carefully as sacred relics—holy things to be used at the right time, when the signal of liberation should be given; and there were plenty, because, when the English retreated to Sphakia, even small boys had gone down to the seashore and the valleys bringing rifles back with them."
I will forever regret passing up an opportunity to personally meet George Psychoudakis before his death. He was appearing at an event in Chania, Crete when I was there, but I passed on it, thinking that I would have another opportunity. His description of the Nazi's focus on disarming the population should be a lesson to all of us, a lesson understood well by the late Democrat Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, when he said:
"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible."
Always possible indeed, and apparently creeping more closer every day.
A good video documentary on the Battle of Crete 1941: http://www.crete1941.com/splash.htm