"First They Take Manhattan" then ...

Thinking out loud as that's how she rolls - just read or delete....

In my world - associations resonate between the death kneel imagery of the title of one of Leonard Cohen's songs, and what we are seeing in this country today of the insidious efforts of enacting more gun control ..First We Take Manhattan, Then We take Berlin.

Mr. Cohen introduced the song in 1988.  The original meaning of the lyrics seem to be lost in time, but a month after the first 9/11 terrorist attack he said in an interview - Ever succeeding moment changes what has happened the moment before. In the stream of writing, all that is written changes its meanings by what is written subsequently. "First We Take Manhattan" might be understood as an examination of the mind of the extremist. In a way it's a better song now (*) than it was before and I would probably sing it in concert if the circumstances were appropriate.

A search of YouTube shows he indeed seems to find the circumstances appropriate as there are numerous uploads of this song from concerts Mr. Cohen has done in 2012.  A lyric mid way stings - You know the way to stop me but you don't have the discipline.

A friend in conversation a few days ago - "For some reason a channel decided to do an "All In The Family" marathon. Turned to it.. they were discussing gun control ... the dialogue was EXACTLY what is being said today about it in the US!!! Straight off the current news reports! FORTY fricken years later and all that has changed is the body counts."

Well, no.  The drum beat of guns are bad, murderers aren't responsible, intensifies - daily!  Fortunately we now have the internet where the dirty works of our paid employees (politicians) are being exposed unlike forty years ago.  The reality is gun free zones only get a lot of folks killed.  Gun free Chicago (you know, Hussein Obama's stomping grounds) reported a day or so ago  it's 500th homicide in 2012! - h/t The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.   I didn't read much of any bible-thumpin-red-neck-tea-party involvement in any of it.  Actually, there was none.  So are we confused as to who that leaves as responsible?

Thomas Sowell - Guns are not the problem. People are the problem — including people who are determined to push gun-control laws, either in ignorance of the facts or in defiance of the facts.  There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic, and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun-control advocates.

Either type of ignorance plays right into the hands of those who would disarm the American citizen and it is a major step on the march to tyranny. On that march - a few links you might find of interest -

One more - a piece Creeping Sharia has posted on multiple occasions.  A conversation with a Holocaust survivor.  The subject - how could it have happened?  What that march to tyranny looks like.  What that march feels like - - -  They Thought They Were Free.  

Your 'little men,' your Nazi friends, were not against National Socialism in principle. Men like me, who were, are the greater offenders, not because we knew better (that would be too much to say) but because we sensed better. Pastor Niemöller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke (too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something—but then it was too late.

“You see,” my colleague went on, “one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty."

Wake up America!  WAKE UP AMERICA!

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