Molon Labe

Patriots,

Freedom is for those that will keep it. Freedom is for those that see tyranny for what it is and stand according to their laws and virtues against it. Whatever and whoever it may be.

Our country stands at a crossroads between liberty and tyranny. Outside forces are waiting for the opportunity to strike our beloved land, either here at home or abroad, while we fight amongst ourselves. Whether they are Islamic terrorists, Iranian, Chinese, Russian or Korean, they all see their opportunities for the next few years. Lets make sure that we never lose sight of that fact will we debate our internal problems with one another.

MOΛΩN ΛABE! (mo-lone lah-veh)

In 480 B.C. the forces of the Persian Empire under King Xerxes, numbering, according to Herodotus, two million men, marched to invade and enslave Greece.

King Leonidas of Sparta and another Greek city-state agreed to help stop the invading Persians, and marched with 300 hand-picked troops to Thermopylae on the north coast of Greece. Thermopylae was a mountain gap along the coast about 60 feet wide, and was the best location for a blocking action. The 300 knew they were going to die fighting against the overwhelming force the first requirement was that each man had to have a son left behind.

When Leonidas was preparing to make his stand, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the huge Persian army and demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas told Xerxes “MOLON LABE”, or “Come And Get Them.” “Our archers are so numerous,” said the envoy, “that the flight of their arrows darkens the sun.” “So much the better,” replied Dienekes, a Spartan warrior, “for we shall fight them in the shade.”

After days of fighting and having killed countless numbers of Xerxes’ troops, they were finally overrun after being betrayed by a traitor who showed the enemy another pass behind the defenders. King Leonidas, his Spartans and their Thespian allies died to the last man. Xerxes marched on and destroyed Athens. The Heroes of Sparta set a standard of valor set by this sacrifice inspired the Greeks to rally and, in that fall and spring, defeat the Persians at Salamis and Plataea and preserve the beginnings of Western democracy and freedom.

There are two memorials at Thermopylae. Upon one, called the Leonidas Monument, is engraved his response to Xerxes’ demand that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas’ reply was two words: “MOΛΩN ΛABE” ‘Come and get them.’ ”

The second monument is a plaque dedicated to those heroes that died there. It reads: “Go tell the Spartans, travelers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie.” The point of this history lesson is when anybody demands you to give up your freedoms, tell them “MOLON LABE”. You may fall in the first fight, but many more will step into your place, with more behind them and still more after them and a determined and organized people can do anything.

MOΛΩN ΛABE! (mo-lone lah-veh) They mean, “Come and get them!” They live on today as the most notable quote in military history, a classic example of courage and valor and its dismissal of overwhelming numbers, wherein the heart and spirit of brave men overcome the odds. Adopt this as a battle cry in our war against oppression because it says so clearly and simply towards those who would take our freedoms.

It signifies our determination to not strike the first blow, but also to not stand mute and allow our loved ones, and all that we believe in and stand for, to be trampled by men who would deprive us of our God-given – or natural, if you will – rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Read the Constitution of The United States. Know what it stands for and stand up for it.

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