The American Militia

Freedom And Wild Pigs

This article attached below, a fable, crossed my desk a few days ago. It sounded familiar, similar to the points we have been discussing recently, but it is so much more concise it is worthy of discussion.

Perhaps you know the story of how to boil a frog. First you round up the frogs. Then you put them in a pot full of nice, cool, water. Being frogs, they may rather like this. THEN you apply the heat. Eventually the frogs are well cooked by the slowly applied heat. This works. However, just tossing frogs into hot water may not, they might just jump out. This applies to civilians, you can remove their freedom a little at a time and the political couch potatoes will never notice the loss. If you try to go “Hog Wild” (pun intended) and remove all freedom at one time, they might just turn into Citizens and fight back.

On to the fable. I have no idea who wrote it or if it is even a true story, but it works for us. All the important points are there. Read on.


There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some Exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, ' Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

The young man said this was no joke.'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

By now the pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America.

The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms- just a little at a time.

One should always remember 'There is no such thing as a free Lunch!' Also, You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to send this on to your friends.

If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life then you will probably delete this email, but God help us when the gate slams shut!


I probably do not have to spell out the application of this fable to us today, but I will anyway. Just think of what you used to do and what is allowed today.

Might you have been a member of your High School rifle team and taken your equipment and ammo to school to attend a rifle match in the afternoon? Not Today you don’t!

Do you run a business and hire and fire employees, who are beneficial or not, for your company based on their ability to do the work you need done? In many cases Not Today!

Think about how many laws or regulations restrict you in activities that should not have any significant restrictions. There are simple things that come to mind in your own home; like painting your house, flying a flag, installing an antenna or keeping (or not keeping) your yard. Then there are the not so simple things like freedom to travel without showing your “papers” to use common carriers, or being instructed to show identification on demand of any official. There are serious things like being able to keep your own property and the treasure of your labor without the threat of it being seized as taxes or condemnation of property for the benefit of others.

You get the idea. Some restriction come in the form of laws passed by our elected legislators. Their actions may well violate the Constitution and their oaths of office. Some restrictions come from un-elected officials in various agencies. Even worse, some restrictions come from private concerns or businesses, such as home owner “Fine Arts” committees which decide on proper conformity for its members. To the latter, I can only advise you tell them you are not interested in conforming and that you will take your business elsewhere. You do not need their type of support or help or comfort in exchange for liberty. Remember the Hogs!

For the elected officials and their agents, the response is a bit different. If freedom is at stake, then they need to be un-elected. Work for candidates who support freedom. Run for office yourself. As some have said, it is, “time to feed the hogs”!

In line with the restriction that you see on freedom, there are those who say that Citizens are not militia and should not act as a Militia. They should not study and train and prepare for contingencies where they alone, or together, must defend their community. Some might fear that being branded as part of The American Militia might put you in a poor light, might make authorities question your patriotism. If anything, following the classic Militia path is the ultimate expression of patriotism. You are prepared to defend your way of life, your family and community. By comparison, the blind obedience to authority, especially when it goes astray of good governance, it the antithesis of Patriotism.

There is a mixed signal here. Those agencies which might be infringing liberty actually are instructing and encouraging the civilians to prepare for emergencies, for terrorists attacks, to know all the right names and numbers to call for help in case of emergency. They just do not want the civilians to become Citizens who can take part in their own community and deal with emergencies on their own, thank you, WITHOUT having to immediately call on government help. Citizens who can immediately help in an emergency are part of the solution, not part of the problem. They support the government agencies that the Citizens elect and authorize to help them. The agencies are not elected or authorized to tell the Citizens what is best for them, it works the other way around. Citizens who can reject government “help” that may actually be counter productive or even dangerous in any particular situation, are NOT encouraged. They will tell you to stock up on supplies to shelter in place, but they will not tell you how to defend that shelter if civil unrest spreads, or forced relocation is commanded. What do you do in the crisis when those agencies who you thought would help you, instead attempt to disarm you and leave you at the mercy of the lawless?

This has been discussed before, but it bears repeating. You have the right to be left alone and even to place yourself in danger so long as it does not place others in danger or unduly require government services that removes those services from others and thereby place them in danger. If your liberty is attacked by your elected agents, it is your duty to correct or reform them so as to restore and assure liberty.

Think about it. The American Militia already has.

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