This independent mind-set has changed, as the growth of the entitlement generations have voted for bloated government and more and more for far-left agendas. The tide has changed, but not entirely.
Busy, dedicated, freedom-loving people. Thinking people, who talked about religion and politics around the table and still do.
Some built up their own successful business, still going and handed down to the third and fourth generations.
And the men had and some still do have, guns.
My family is full of hunters and I grew up with bows and arrows and guns. We ate what was shot.
We also kept guns for defence as well as for sport. I learned how to shoot.
Irish, English and Maltese are obviously shocked when I mention that guns were and are a way of life in the MidWest. The men in my family belonged to a gun club.
What shocks me is their blind trust in their governments, and worse, the feeling of impotency, that they cannot do anything about change or that they do not need or cannot defend themselves.
What happened in Europe and in England, a land of fierce freedom loving peoples, the Anglo-Saxons?
One cannot have freedoms in complacency. The ballot box is the first line of defence and offence.
But, so many of my friends are apolitical.
What happened in Malta, the great land of the Holy Order of St. John, the Knights of Malta? The strong blood has been diluted. Of course, most of them were celibate, or supposed to be. Maybe the gene pool did not get the benefit of Valletta or Wignacourt.
Why do Catholics, sitting on the edge of persecution, trust their governments? What happened? Did all the brave ones leave and go to America? Did all the fighters die without issue?
We all love LOTR. We do not get squeamish when Aragorn fights, or when Gandalf defends Gondor. So, why are men and women in Europe scared or back away from defensive discussions?
Americans worst war experience was the Civil War. Brother fought against brother for real reasons of freedom and for different world views.
The possibility of a another civil war has been discussed on this blog since the beginning of last year. Why? We will not be pushed into slavery. And, folks, socialism and communism are slavery.
War is horrible. People, including women and children, die. But, has the West lost the will to die bravely, which is also the will to live bravely?