Molon Labe, the Code of Those Born Fighting

molon_labeFrom American Thinker, by Russ  Vaughn, 01/30/13 – If  you are a reader of comments here at American Thinker then you have probably  noticed an increasing use of the term molon labe. For those of you  unfamiliar with the term and too busy (or too lazy) to look it up, I’ve done it for you.

It is a Greek expression first attributed to King Leonidas of Sparta when the  Persian invader Xerxes I, prior to the  Battle of Thermopylae, demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms and  submit to him.

Its essential meaning was, “Up yours, pal: come do your worst.”  In so many words, it is the Greek equivalent of the response of Brigadier  General Anthony McAuliffe* of  the 101st Airborne Division, who when surrounded at Bastogne, Belgium  during WWII, reportedly said, “Nuts!” to a German demand for surrender.  Screaming Eagle lore has it that the defiant general’s actual response to the  German general was in language unreportable in those more discreet days, “Eff  you, Kraut!” Whatever, the unflinching meaning of both statements is abundantly  clear:

“Come  on, hoss; take your best shot.”

According  to multiple web sources, molon labe now translates to an unwavering,  “Come and take it,” as in Charleton Heston’s defiant challenge at the 2000 NRA  convention, “From my cold dead hands.” Considering that the expression, in one  form or another, has been quite forcefully and purposefully addressed to  would-be tyrants by very strong and admirable men, from Leonidas to Heston, many  of us find a sense of oneness with men of such resolve, embracing their defiance  and applying it to our own determination to defend our constitutional right to  keep and bear protective weaponry free from federal  constraints.

As  James Webb has documented in his seminal work, Born  Fighting, How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, we Americans out here in  fly-over country are not a people ever to be persuaded to surrender our arms. As  descendants of those highlanders and frontier mountain settlers who kept weapons  close to hand to ensure their survival, America’s largest ethnic group feels a deep ancestral imperative to do the  same. No wannabee elitist, utopian pol attempting a socialist Sherman’s  March through our national heritage is ever going to change that attitude in  these millions of Americans.

Many  citizens of fly-over America may have no clue as to the  meaning of the term molon labe, but the essence of the concept  is inherently embodied, and embraced in every fiber of their beings. Dismissed  by the liberal coastal elites as bitter clingers to their God and their guns,  they are in fact that huge segment of America, both comfortable with and  accustomed to, the everyday presence of firearms in their homes and their hands,  and most importantly, confident in their ability to use them when threatened by  criminals or tyrants.

Tens  of millions of contemporary Americans are descended from those Scots-Irish  highlanders and Appalachian frontiersmen, a people renowned as born  fighting. Molon labe may be Greek in its origins but it is  thoroughly Scots-Irish in its present-day application.

Molon  labe, Mr. President.

*General  McAuliffe was himself of the Irish Clan McAuliffe

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