Charlie-Daniels-Americas-Safest-Place-NRA-e1458747930627-620x436The NRA (full disclosure: I’m a life member and certified instructor) is producing an effective series of commercials, ending with:

“I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m Freedom’s Safest Place.”

The commercials feature men and women, people from all walks of life. That’s a significant part of their appeal, of their ability to convince. They don’t preach or moralize; they use logic and speak truth. One of the best I’ve seen comes from Charlie Daniels: 

To the ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist you enable: Listen up.

You might have met our fresh-faced flower child president and his weak-kneed, Ivy League friends.

But you haven’t met America.

You haven’t met the heartland, or the people who will defend this nation with their bloody, calloused, bare hands, if that’s what it takes. You haven’t met the steelworkers and the hard-rock miners, or the swamp folks in Cajun country who can wrestle a full-grown gator out of the water.

You haven’t met the farmers, the cowboys, the loggers and the truck drivers. You don’t know the mountain men who live off the land, or the brave cops who fight the good fight in the urban war zones.

No, you’ve never met America. And you oughta pray you never do.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m Freedom’s Safest Place.

By all means, take the link and see the video.



It’s an optimistic take on reality. At one time, not too long ago, I would have unreservedly endorsed what Daniels said. The American ethic recognized by Japanese Admiral Yamamoto after the Pearl Harbor attack held true. When his fellow officers were celebrating a great victory, he is reported to have said:

“I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

He soon discovered how right he was. I have no doubt there are more than enough young Americans ready to preserve America, to preserve western civilization. I do doubt our politicians, and those that elected them, that keep electing corrupt, feckless fools. What good to have the most dedicated and deadly warriors the world has ever known if they aren’t used, or not allowed to win?

The Iranians will not learn from history. They’re fanatics, inspired by their apocalyptic vision of Islam. They cannot be appeased, only utterly defeated.  When Mr. Obama recently, idiotically claimed that the Iranians are living up to the letter, but not the spirit of the “deal,” Iran’s top military leader essentially laughed in his face, and added: 

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said Iran is preparing for all-out war with the US and its allies, and has vowed Iran will continue advancing and testing its ballistic missile program.

Speaking at a gathering of senior IRGC commanders in Tehran Tuesday, Jafari declared that the US ‘would not be able to do a damned thing’ in the face of Iranian advances, according to official Tasnim news agency.

Regarding America under Barack Obama, he’s right. Thanks to the Obama holiday from history, we will surely have the opportunity to see not if the American ethic about which Daniels speaks still lives—it does. We’ll see, rather, if the leaders we choose value American lives, if they think America—and liberty–worth preserving.

Our choice in November will go a long way toward answering that question.