by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2020

(Feb. 29, 2020) — “Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure and civil war without a prospect of its termination.”  Henry Knox, military officer in the Continental Army (1750 – 1806)

America is indeed a great country.   From sea to shining sea, we live in unrivaled splendor and beauty, from seashore to majestic mountain ranges where eagles soar on the wind, to the fertile great plains of the Midwest where the buffalo roam and to the deserts of the Southwest where the snakes and scorpions prowl and back to the sea again. Very few places on earth can match the exceptional geography of America.

In a previous article we wrote: “In spite of all of our individual and collective faults, there is a ‘great good’ that exists in a very large number of us.  That good is personified in a wide range of human traits and behavior including private and public achievements, bravery, courage, sacrifice, industry, creativity, empathy, generosity, spontaneous volunteerism and spirit, either as individuals, or as a society.   Unfortunately, due to the distorted window through which we view our information, that ‘great good’ in us seems to be eclipsed by an over-zealous emphasis on that which appears to be ‘bad’ within us.”

Nevertheless, with fear and trepidation, we transition from the bright light of 244 years of American liberty to the darkening skies of government-instituted tyranny and socialism and maybe even fascism.  We fear for our liberty, our security and our lives.  We fear for our children’s future.  We fear for our beloved America.  Will she continue under the flag of freedom, or will she descend into the depths of socialism, depravity, mind-numbing mediocrity, bankruptcy, slavery and more likely war?  Are we to be consumed by the growing national and international power of those who would enslave us, or will the strength of our belief in freedom and liberty be enough to overcome the evil beast that is hell-bent on wrapping us in chains?

Instead of living under the one ideology of individual freedom, over 100 years ago we split into two opposing ideologies with the birth of Progressivism.  One ideology believes in the principles of individual liberty as outlined in America’s Supreme Law of the Land, the U.S. Constitution.  The Progressive ideology has attached itself to a Karl Marx Communist Manifesto whose principles are founded on the collective and the alleged infallible power of the state, not the individual, as follows:

  1. Nothing in society will belong to anyone, either as a personal possession or as capital goods, except the things for which the person has immediate use, for either his needs, his pleasures, or his daily work.
  2. Every citizen will be a public man, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.
  3. Every citizen will make his particular contribution to the activities of the community according to his capacity, his talent and his age; it is on this basis that his duties will be determined, in conformity with the distributive laws …..

….. as summarized in the statement: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

The principles of these two opposing ideologies, socialism vs. freedom, are mutually exclusive.  They are in contradiction with each other.  There is no compromise between the two.

The socialism side is now viciously and violently attacking the freedom side throughout America.  They are doing everything in their power to squelch the opinions and beliefs of those who support individual freedom.  To not fight back is a sign of weakness and only emboldens the socialism side.

A bully not confronted and taken down is a bully empowered to continue on his path of destruction and devastation of lives and livelihoods, especially those self-righteous bullies who bully others under the false flag of irrational compassion, such as taxpayer-funded free health care and other subsidies for illegal aliens that Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is promoting.

Bernie’s rise to the apparent front-runner in the presidential election year of 2020 is further proof that millions of Americans have crossed over the tipping point into the mindset of socialism.

One man or woman, or a group of men or women, with governmental power over the masses but without limits, oversight, or confronted by a force of equal power, will eventually assume absolute power.  The national and international ruling class, oligarchs, industry titans, elites, anarchists and socialists are well on their way to assuming absolute world power.  If they succeed, war in America is inevitable.

In a divorce between a man and woman, the reasons often given are lack of commitment, too much arguing, infidelity, lack of trust, marrying too young, unrealistic expectations, lack of equity in the relationship, lack of preparation for marriage and physical and mental abuse.  Several of these reasons can be summed up in two words: “irreconcilable differences.”

America has reached the point of “irreconcilable differences” between the two ideologies where no amount of debate or compromise can close the gap.  Something has to give.

As a nation, we lack commitment to freedom.  We are arguing too much.  Reasoned debate has turned into heated arguments and acrimony.  We lack trust between the people and our institutions.  There is lack of equity in the relationship.  And there is physical and mental abuse by one party over the other.  In such event, any resolution (divorce) is diplomacy by other means ….. WAR!, whether sooner or later.  This intractable division between the parties and the ideology can lead to no other conclusion.  Complicating the situation is unbridled corruption in our institutions, both private and public.  Truth and honor are the first casualties of corruption.  Without honor in the masses and our government representatives, freedom cannot survive.

Victory in a war is determined by which side has the wind on their back, so to speak.  Which side has the majority?  Which side is righteous?  Which side has the necessary leadership, men, materials, weapons of war, winning tactics and money to defeat the other side?  Since the socialist ideology (Progressives) has the majority and has aligned itself with the all-powerful government, the world powers, the news media and academia, it would appear that they have the upper hand.  So it would seem self-evident that socialism will prevail at the end of the battle.  But will it?

General George Washington’s army of under 20,000 men was outmatched by the British Army of 32,000 well-trained soldiers, and yet Washington’s army prevailed, with the help of France.  The British Navy was the most powerful in the world but George Washington didn’t need a navy to win.  The British had much more money than the Colonials and Washington’s army was deprived of weapons because the Continental Congress wouldn’t allocate money and weapons to Washington.

But Washington knew the landscape of the battles and he employed guerrilla warfare tactics that were devastating to the British army that marched in columns.  Washington’s army was buoyed by patriotic zeal.  Washington employed spies (the Culper Spy Ring) to gain intelligence of British movements and plans.

No, this is not 1776 and the conditions of battle would be much different today.  Government has “big” guns and a standing army.  The people have handguns and rifles but they are many while government forces are few in comparison.

So the outcome of any war is not pre-ordained at the start because one side is more powerful than the other.  The Revolutionary War proved that a small fighting force, with superior leadership, can defeat a much larger force.

As we have faith that the night will soon turn to the welcome light of day, so too we must have faith that the twilight of tyranny we now enter, as our Sun of Freedom goes down, will ultimately end in a new day of liberty on a not-too-distant horizon.  We can hold that faith because the spark of freedom in the minds of the preponderance of Americans is unique to any culture or country on Earth and it shall not, it will not, be extinguished.  It is further enhanced by the fact that so many Americans are armed.  American liberty is like bubbles in the sea that always rise to the surface in search of the freedom to “fly” in the open air.

Although silent we may be, when united, people of freedom have the power to climb over any obstacle, root out any corruption, or replace any tyrannical government.  The difficult challenge lies before us, the place is here in America, the time is now and the world is watching what we do.  This author has the unshakable confidence that true, brave and courageous Americans are up to the challenge and will ultimately prevail.  As we pass into a “night” of gathering uncertainty, so too will we pass into a new dawn of freedom, just as we did 244 years ago, and like then, we will be born anew.  President Donald Trump may very well be the catalyst to re-ignite the fire of freedom in the souls of American patriots.

It is our belief that either civil war or revolution is inevitable due to irreconcilable differences between two diabolically-opposed ideologies, even though we sincerely hope otherwise.  Nevertheless, the wise ones will arm up and stock up in preparation for what is to come.  Landowners will defend their land peacefully with our powerful, legally-intimidating No Trespassing signs, or violently with their weapons, if it becomes necessary, and it is quite likely it will become necessary.

Remember, “Life is a never-ending fight to stay alive and a fight to keep others from taking your life, your property, or your liberty from you.”  The evil forces within government, the world elite and socialist and environmental special interests are trying to do just that unless freedom-loving Americans stop them.  If you want to preserve freedom, you are going to have to fight for it ….. by whatever means!

Read more powerful conservative articles like this one HERE.



Ron Ewart is a nationally-known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America.”  Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (, a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  Ron can be reached for comment HERE.

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  1. Bottom line? When they abolish the Second Amendment and come for your guns, that’s when each American must make the choice between tyranny and freedom, because once you surrender your weapons, that’s when the goons take complete control of your ability to protect your family and your country.

    Make no mistake about it, the only reason we have what we have is because of our guns. The thing is, once the downhill slide starts it’ll end as an avalanche, just as it did in Germany, Cuba and Venezuela.

    Under no circumstances give up your guns, either voluntarily or otherwise. Matter of fact, this is the time to take stock of your arsenal and increase your defensive posture, to start, making sure everyone is armed and can handle a tactical situation properly, and that means head shots, as I was taught in the military.


  2. The simple FACT between 1776 and 2020 is on clear display ,many don’t still understand how Trump won and many still can not figure out how Washington won ,and it is clearLy articulated in our First American Prayer our American mission statement
    And the super natural power is Divine Providence aka GOD of the Good Book .
    We The People cling to The Bible’s Truths and the more the Infamous THEY scream pout ,push back with Violence and now show THEY are all in to bring a Very Uncivil War the real truth of who is their Master shows .
    They lose for it was written a long time ago and They no it .

  3. I fought a war, a very unpopular one, that I was not allowed to win ( Viet Nam ) but this next war coming up, if you are right Ron, will not have MY side limited by politicians.

  4. I am afraid that this man is probably right the only thing I wonder is will enough Americans really fight when it comes right down to it,or will the communists disarm everyone before they take control.This is why they keep pushing to disarm everyone even as we sit here today the communists know they have to have everyone disarmed or they will not be able to take control.After they will take care of anyone who does not conform.

  5. I think what Ron fears is far more complex and nuanced than he may realize. On the plus side, America has a deep and rich tradition of communities helping each other. When stressed, that capacity to help rises up. Today that can be expressed in social media, crowd funding, as well as people getting together.

    On the negative side, you have gangs attacking people, and flash mobs raiding targeted stores. By the way, they are not socialists.

    Also, not noted sufficiently, is that the socialist experiments in countries like Sweden and Denmark were rejected. That means they were not stuck with them once they tried them.

    The bottom line is a vigorous educational campaign to explain to low information voters and others what they don’t know.

    What I thought interesting was a comment from a South Carolina democrat who said that she want a strong leader….she didn’t say what kind of “strong leader”. Someone who is fair and democratic? Someone who is autocratic and socialist? Doesn’t matter. “Strong” will do. That is the kind of thinking that gets others in trouble.

    As some consolation to Ron, if Bernie gets the nomination, he still won’t get the kinds of rallies our president can get.