A Government They Deserve
by John Zoltan Bohach, USMA ‘89
America’s Freedom was won on the battlefield. We didn’t vote for it on ballots, we voted for it with bullets. From Bunker Hill to Pork Chop Hill, the American soldier has carved his own history as defenders of freedom and champions of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
The American soldier sets the standard for courage, morals, and sacrifice by which others are judged. This standard is the pinnacle of human achievement, that I lay down my life so that my countrymen may live. It is second only to the sacrifice God himself made, when He allowed His Son to be tortured and crucified for all our salvation. “There are no atheists in the foxhole,” so the old saying goes, but is there some similar saying about the voting booth? The only thing that comes to mind is Josef Stalin, “It’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.”
Some people debate whether we should be a democracy, or are we really a Republic. If we can’t get an accurate vote-count, aren’t we really a “mockocracy,” a place where the public is mocked for their ignorance and stupidity? And if the public doesn’t care about an accurate vote-count, why should the elected representatives?
Why should they stick their necks out for an ignorant and stupid public who cares more about whether or not Pornhub accepts credits cards than if our elected leaders are taking bribes from foreign governments? In a sick and twisted kind of way, it just reinforces the notion that a people don’t get the government they want, they get the government they deserve.
In the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator,” Quintas, the second-in-command Roman General, referencing the Germanic tribes who are about to be annihilated, makes the statement that “a people should know when they are defeated.” To this, General Maximus, the leader, replies, “Would you, Quintas, would I?”
It is only fiction, but it is quite conceivable that in 1776, King George III may have uttered Quintas’s words when he received “The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” Whether or not King George actually said words to that affect, or only thought them in his head, is mostly irrelevant. We know what happened next.
But today, we hear this mantra once again: President Trump and his supporters should know when they are defeated. We hear it from the usual sources, the mass-media, the father of lies, and politicians with strong Chinese connections, such as Mitch McConnell, who married into one of the richest and most influential Chinese “trading” families after which his policies towards China took a more “profitable” turn.
Thankfully, President Trump, doesn’t know when he is defeated. And the American people don’t know when they are defeated either. America has never been defeated yet, and we’re not about to give in to a computer program that can’t even count votes as a whole number.
Sadly, some of our friends, neighbors, and family believe that a man can become a woman because he says so. These are the same people who believe 80 million people cast their votes for the crypt-keeper who only came out of his dungeon to rub womens’ shoulders and sniff girls’ hair while preparing a eulogy for a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and telling black Americans that if they didn’t vote for him, “they ain’t black.”
To translate Quintas for the 21st century, “a people should know when they are being lied to.” Whether it is the Covid tyranny, or the Dominion voting machines with a 68.05% error rate, we cannot look the other way forever. I’ve already turned all four of my cheeks, and am fresh out of cheeks to turn. But I was a soldier, as were many of us. And to those of you who weren’t, rest easy, for very soon, you will be.
As soldiers, we lived by a code. “Duty, Honor, Country.” General Douglas MacArthur once said the following about that:
“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points, to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.”
What the word “corruption” refers to is criminal behavior by elected officials acting in an official capacity. This is what the Colonists of 1776 petitioned King George to stop. Instead, their petitions were met with derision and dismissal, mockery and injury, for after all, these petitioners were merely “deplorables.”
In response, the Colonists steeled their resolve, put their faith in each other and in God above, and declared themselves equal. They knew what was coming next, and knew they had a Right to self-defense. We’ve been here before as a Nation, and we know what to do.
God Bless America.
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