BY T.F. STERN
(Image from the movie, Sergeant York, courtesy of Amazon.com)
I’ve been watching the chaos created by the BLM and Antifa movements as their scorched earth policy march across our nation, destroying businesses and lives everywhere they go. Governors and mayors in some states have refused to put an end to their lawless actions while some have even come out in support of these anti-American domestic terrorists.
Portland, Oregon comes to mind first as one of the cites where the streets are no longer safe. Even after police officers have arrested criminal combatants in the act of looting, attacking random citizens, trying to injure and maim police officers, burning businesses, police stations and court houses; the District Attorney refused to file charges and released them back on the streets.
If you enter into a discussion in one of the social media forums such as Facebook there are a wide variety of opinions on the topic of how to deal with this civil unrest. Many have fallen for the LIE that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is exactly what the words proclaim, a grassroots attempt to raise awareness of the injustices which have in the past been directed towards individuals living in Black communities.
The sad fact that must be recognized; the BLM movement has absolutely nothing to do with that last paragraph. They are a communist front group created with the intent of destroying our constitutional republic and replacing it with a Marxist totalitarian state. You don’t have to take my word for this, Patrisse Cullors, Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement is proud to exclaim, “We are trained Marxists”.
An article in the Washington Times explained the actions of Antifa, those individuals the left-leaning media continues referring to as “peaceful protesters”, those violent, faceless cowards hiding behind black shirts and masks as they mingle with useful tools marching to avenge some dead criminal shot dead during his last act of heroism by racist cops who supposedly wear the badge so they can kill Black people. (I love a good run-on sentence now and then)
“What makes the shadowy group unique is its willingness to use of violence, what Antifa organizers and sympathizers call “direct” action in support of the anarchist and Marxist-Leninist agenda. That often involves setting fires, looting, throwing bricks and bottles at police, and in one case the apparent use of a milkshake laced with quick-dry cement in attacking an opponent in the face.”
Did I paint the picture accurately?
How are we as a civilized society supposed to confront this abnormality, this semi-declared war on our way of life? Many of my Christian friends are at a loss to give an opinion, fearing any response other than “love your fellow man as Christ would”; any response other than that shows you haven’t really been converted, that you’re still acting as the ‘natural man’ would act.
My own answer is fairly straight forward, if you catch someone looting, setting fires or attacking others during one of these “peaceful demonstrations”, shoot them and leave them on the street to scream and die as a warning to others. Yes, that’s about as cold a response as is possible; but is it really the wrong response?
That brings me to the title of today’s article, The Alvin York Solution. They made a movie, Sergeant York, about his life with Gary Cooper playing the lead role. It told the tale of a back woods man whose life was changed from being a no good hard drinking hooligan into a God fearing Christian after having been struck by lightning while on his way to go kill a fellow who’d done him wrong. Alvin gave up drinking and living in sin, devoting his time to bettering himself and supporting his widowed mother by farming as best he could.
This all happened while WWI was going on and the military draft found its way down to Alvin York. He was determined not to become involved in the war effort. He told the government officials about his being a conscientious objector, that he saw any killing, even in war, as violating the teachings found in the bible; he was inducted into the Army anyway.
He was an expert marksman and needed no training on how to shoot; but remained doubtful of his ability to serve as it went against his deepest feelings. His superiors let him study American History to sort out his feelings; expressing their belief that he would make the right decision when the time came.
That time came soon enough and Sgt. Alvin York rose to the occasion. According to York’s fellow soldier’s exaggerated version of what happened, those who’d been pinned down by enemy fire and couldn’t help, Alvin single handedly took out the “whole German Army”. When his superior officer asked him why he’d been able to kill so many of the enemy, his answer was more than he could have expected.
“Well I’m as much agin killin’ as ever sir. — But it was this way Colonel. — When I started out I felt just like you said, but when I hear them machine guns a goin’ and all them fellas are droppin’ around me — I figured them guns was killin’ hundreds maybe thousands and there wern’t nothin’ any body could do, but to stop them guns. And that’s what I done.”
This movie came out in theaters at the beginning of WWII and had such a patriotic effect on many young men that they walked over to the Army Recruiting Station directly from having seen the movie. The movie affected me in similar fashion; the way I see the destruction and mayhem being inflicted on the country I love so much.
Maybe it’s time to incorporate the Alvin York Solution, take out the immediate threat in order to save the rest of this great country. I don’t think my Savior would hold it against me for having stated my opinion on the matter.
Self-Educated American, Senior Editor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Houston police officer and, most recently, a retired self-employed locksmith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.