Special note: “A Celebration of Life” for Dick Whitaker is planned for 1 pm, March 16th at the Toll House in
. Los Gatos
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Peace through Power
If you go way back in your memory to your school days, you may remember that the toughest guy in the school yard seemed to get the most respect. Maybe the respect was based on fear, but the other boys wanted to be friends with the tough guy. Kind of like a wolf pack responds to the alpha male. Aggressive impulses by lesser fighters were turned against the weaker kids; the kids who were safe to bully. There’s an important point here.
President Ronald Reagan forced the Soviet Union to back down, not because
weak, but because we were strong. President
Reagan said, “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S.
was too strong.” Reagan used intimidation
based on America’s strength to
dismantle the Soviet Union by putting them in
an untenable economic position militarily.
They knew we had the upper hand in weaponry and they didn’t have the
financial ability to catch up. President Reagan also had their trust and
respect. Very important.
But look at us today. We are disarming and weakening our military and disarming our citizens. We have destroyed our economy, and our president apologizes for our former strength. Consequently, we are no longer respected. We can’t even intimidate
Peace through strength is exemplified by one of the best stories in our history. The source for this is Phil Schreier of the
This goes back to the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804 when a small group of
men changed the history of National Firearms Museum America.
Their strategy demonstrates how lives can be saved and conflicts avoided
through a perception of strength.
It was a long forgotten air rifle that changed history. This weapon was used against Napoleon in 1790 and came to
in 1803. It was called the Girandoni air
rifle. Only one of these rifles was carried by Lewis and Clark. Just one. This innovative rifle had a butt
stock of cast iron that held 800 pounds of air pressure per square inch. Your car tires hold roughly 35.
The gun barreled was rifled for accuracy. The gun held 22 rounds of 46 caliber balls and was extremely accurate and very powerful. It was also silent and didn’t release smoke when fired. It could shoot all 22 rounds in less than 30 seconds.
Clark’s small group of men encountered numerous bands of hostile
Indians in their journey west, but were never attacked after they demonstrated
the fire power of this magnificent gun. They demonstrated the gun for each
tribe along the way.
The power of this gun so intimidated the natives that word spread and conflicts were avoided throughout their entire trip. Not a single life was lost by Lewis and the boys nor were any natives killed, all due to the perception of strength. That’s the point.
Fear and respect can avoid confrontations and the loss of life. Our country has lost that respect and we see the results around the world. Small nations ignore us. They attack us at home and our embassies abroad with impunity. They burn our flag and laugh at us. They no longer respect the
America that was once the tough kid
on the playground. We are now the wimp
on the playground; the wimp that other wimps push around. Our leader bows, apologizes,
and meekly hands over our lunch money to the bullies. Ever wonder which side
In a previous blog, I mentioned the brilliant men – the giants – who founded our country. Look at our leadership in this country today. I’ll repeat an ancient Chinese proverb: “When small men cast large shadows the sun is about to set.”