THE BARREL OF A GUN


            If I were to ask you, “What comes out of the barrel of a gun?” you would likely say, “a bullet.” Or perhaps you might say, a shell, or a projectile, or maybe you might think of death or injury. Someone has suggested that there is something much more powerful that comes out of the barrel of a gun: “political power.”

            I am presently reading an eight-hundred page tome titled simply, Mao. From what I have read thus far I would judge that the subject of the book is well researched and well documented and hence should be reliable. The authors, Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, categorically describe Mao Tse-Tung as an absolute monster, one that enjoyed seeing people suffer and die from torture and execution. He seemed to have virtually no regard for his several wives and his children and wasn’t really even a communist. He only used communism to achieve his selfish ends. He didn’t seem to believe in anything but Mao.

            I have another book in my library titled, Mao Tse-Tung On Guerrilla Warfare. It was translated and has an introduction by Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffith, USMC (Ret.). In this introduction Gen. Griffith quotes Mao as having said in 1938 that, “Political power comes out of the barrel of a gun.” Is this true? One might be inclined to discount anything that comes from such a heinous individual as Mao Tse-Tung, but even the devil, the father of lies, will tell the truth if it suits his purpose.

            I just today received an email from Bob Schulz the head of an organization called “We The People.” “We The People” is an organization fighting for the constitution of the US. They oppose our current money system and tax system, among other things. They had petitioned the US government for a redress of grievances, a right guaranteed by the first amendment of the constitution. The government refused to answer and they took it to court, but lost. They appealed and the Appeals Court for the 2nd Circuit ruled against them. They then asked the US Supreme Court to hear and decide the case but the Supreme Court has now refused the hear the case, letting it stand as it has been ruled in the lower courts. The gist of their argument seems to be that it is useless to have a right to petition the government if all the government has to do is ignore you. Personally I am sure that any honest, sane person who reads the argument of “We The People” will see that they are absolutely right; the government has a responsibility to respond to their petition. But they lost, the government won’t answer, and the government’s courts refuse to rule that they should or must.

            In the days of the American colonies those who became our founding fathers petitioned King George III about what they considered injustices and these petitions too fell on deaf ears. Their solution: they took up arms against their king and their mother country. Then after a long and brutal war they won their independence and the good ole USA was born.

            The Magna Carta, which is considered the basis of English constitutional liberties was granted by King John in 1215. King John’s actions, his stringent taxes and his abuses of royal and feudal privileges, provoked his barons to rebellion. They drew up a charter and sent it to him for his signature but he refused to sign. The barons then renounced their allegiance to him and marched on London, capturing the city. John then saw that he must come to terms and then signed and sealed the Magna Carta.

            Tyrants do not give up their power without a fight! It has been claimed that President George W. Bush said, “The constitution is just a (expletive deleted) piece of paper.” Whether he said that I do not know but the fact is that it is just that: “just a piece of paper.” And a piece of paper has never made anybody do anything, no matter how right and just what is written on that paper is. For you see:


            POLITICAL POWER COMES OUT OF THE BARREL OF A GUN!


AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is not a call to armed rebellion. And why not? Well first and foremost: because you will lose.


James B. Caniff