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The Battle of Athens

By Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 8, 2013

In 1946, there was a rebellion in McMinn County, Tennessee, that came to be known as the Battle of Athens. Frankly, I had never heard of it until recently. I guess it took the latest campaign against the Second Amendment to remind people that there was a time when Americans had to depend on their guns to ensure their rights against their fellow Americans.

It was shortly after the end of World War II. A group of rotten politicians, a crooked sheriff and his corrupt deputies, were once again trying to steal an election by confiscating the ballot boxes and reporting the tally. It had been a way of life in the city of Athens, but this time was different. This time, a bunch of returning veterans, who had just got done fighting and bleeding for liberty in Europe and Asia, decided to put a stop to it. And thanks to their guns, they did just that by storming the sheriff's office and rescuing the votes before they could once again be miscounted.

The battle was short-lived, as they often are when the people finally get their fill of being pushed around by bullies drawing government paychecks.

I recently got around to watching “The Iron Lady” with Meryl Streep doing her accent shtick as Margaret Thatcher. Her performance wasn't terrible, and thanks to makeup, they managed to make her resemble Mrs. Thatcher. What was truly disgusting about the movie is that well over half of it was spent showing the woman shuffle around her apartment, talking to her dead husband, while suffering from Alzheimer's.

If the producers had wanted to make the case at this late date that it's a dreadful disease that destroys the mind and memory of those afflicted, they could certainly have based it on a fictional character, as TV has done more times than I care to think about. But this should have been the story of an extraordinarily courageous and accomplished woman, with her melancholy end, at most, a minor coda at the end of her inspiring saga.

After watching the movie, it occurred to me that there's nothing the Left enjoys so much as depicting the lives of those they detest on stage and screen. They have already demonized or at least ridiculed the likes of Nixon, Palin, Reagan, Bush and Mrs. Thatcher. Next, I hear that the devoutly liberal John Cusack is set to produce and star in a movie about Rush Limbaugh. I don't think it's because they look alike.

Until I heard it from Michael Medved, I had not been aware of the fact that although only about nine percent of all Americans are left-handed, every president since 1988 has been a leftie. I'm not sure what it all means, but I'd say that in Barack Obama's case, it has not only prevented him from being even-handed, but has let it totally dictate his political agenda.

Although I'm aware that most liberals would love to see all guns banished, I'm equally aware that Democrats, especially those up for re-election in 2014, merely want to raise their voices in moral outrage. They sure don't want to go on record by voting for such blatant nonsense. Still, it was pretty shabby of them to pretend it was a matter of life and death that law-abiding Americans identify themselves and their legally-obtained weapons, when these are the very same palookas who insist it's an infringement of civil rights for people to obtain photo IDs in order to vote in our elections.

Just to prove that all the liberal loons are not taking up space in the Oval Office or Congress, otherwise known as the Politburo, we have proof that they are also well-represented in Pennsylvania and Maryland school districts. In the first case, a six-year-old boy was suspended from school for pointing his finger at another tot and going “bang-bang.” Rumor has it he's facing more serious charges now that it's been discovered that his other fingers were loaded.

In Baltimore, a five-year-old girl who threatened another little girl, saying she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soap bubbles, was initially suspended from kindergarten for 10 days. But she had her punishment reduced to two days, thanks, no doubt, to a last minute stay of execution by the governor.

Only time will tell if these two little menaces will still grow up to be another Bonnie and Clyde, but at least nobody can accuse those school systems of not doing their level best to keep the world safe for gangbangers, psychos and jihadists.

Speaking of schools, it recently occurred to me that in my youth, criminals used to have to seek a safe haven by fleeing to countries that didn't have extradition treaties with the United States. But, more recently, as we've seen with the tawdry likes of Angela Davis, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, they only have to go as far as the nearest college campus.

Perhaps the last word on the phony war on guns – the only kind of wars that liberals condone – came to me in a recent email: “Ban all gas tanks over five gallons. There is no reason on earth for people to have large capacity gas tanks except to run from the police in deadly high-speed chases.”


DaneChile in Unknown said:

Good point, Burt. If verbal assurance of my identity is sufficient to vote it should be sufficxient to register a firearm. And a chainsaw. And a knife. And a baseball bat.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dane: You live in a state of disgust? I wonder if we might be neighbors.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

Burt, here in Colorado we have a Dem controlled legislature and governor. Our legislature is considering passing a law that gun manufacturers would be held liable for gun related deaths. They don't care about auto manufacturers - just guns. I would say these Democrats were feeble minded and irrational, but I don't feel the need to be redundant.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Robin: But at least those pinheads are collecting a salary. Think about all your friends and neighbors who voted for them...for free.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:10 PM

WTD in AZ said:

Sad but telling indicator of how badly things have deteriorated when you compare the Battle of Athens to previous Black Panther voter intimidation, and the recent obvious voting "irregularities"; e.g. more ballots than registered voters. "Nothing to see here, folks, just move along"

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: You'll never hear me say that America has improved over the past 67 years.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Just curious how much more deceitful this Administration and the Hollywood crowd can get. They are both full of themselves and live in a world of unreality that has no correlation to the real world. Obama with his we don't have a spending problem and Hollywood skipping over some great English actresses who would have been more realistic playing Ms. Thatcher than Meryl Streep. At least they would not have had to fake the accent. The hypocrisy of the left and the Dems in Congress know no bounds when it comes to gun control, immigration, and Federal spending. Just remember that illegal aliens are not illegal, just out of status, and Guam could tip over if we station to many soldiers there.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: Why would the Democrats change their ways? They keep winning elections.

As for the casting of the Thatcher movie, I wasn't troubled by Streep. It was the script that sucked, and that wouldn't have been any better with an English actress in the role.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

I have never liked Streep. In fact if I had a free shot at her, I´d druther watch baseball and sip a beer.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:17 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"Perhaps the last word on the phony war on guns -- the only kind of wars that liberals condone..."

Burt, it's not the only one they condone, there is one other, that being the War on Poverty, which they have been fighting since LBJ started it. So far, poverty is still winning. Perhaps it's time for them to throw up their hands in defeat as they did for another war that was escalated under LBJ, that being Viet Nam. As we know, the war was not lost on the battlefield, but instead lost in the halls of the US Politbu,,,I mean Congress.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Don't forget the war on women, blamed on Republicans, but Marxist Democrats put them on the front line!

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doktor: It's not fair of you to ignore Walter Cronkite's contribution to our losing the war in Vietnam.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

Why is it the liberals always declare a war on something, and then proceed to lose every battle. War on women, put them right on the front lines, War on drugs, epic failure, War on Poverty, expand the welfare roles, War on Guns, allow only criminals to possess them, and War on education, produce as many useful idiots as possible. If they didn't controll the media, it might be more evident to the sheeple how bad every policy decision endorsed by the marxists truely is.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

wjm: You're right, but when you realize how stupid people have to be to rely on the mass media in this country, we really should start laying the blame on those who, in spite of the economy and everything else, decided to re-elect Obama.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

Dammit all to Hades! Why do we keep beating around the bush? We keep saying the libby media is the problem. Solve the goldang problem!! I cannot say it more succinctly without being arrested!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Paul Couch in N.C. said:

Burt, it is not only the feds going after guns. In New Mexico house bill 316goes after the hunter and his dog. And in Connecticut bill 374 goes after home schoolers. If it should pass, then the state would own the kid.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Paul: In Connecticut and throughout the northeast, the state already owns the kids...and their ditzy left-wing parents wouldn't have it any other way.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Robert in New Mexico said:

In addition to limiting gas tanks to five gallons, how about limiting top speeds to 75 or 80 miles an hour, since that is the max speed on most state or federal highways. Even beeter is that no car can have any cosmetic features that make it look fast, like spoilers or dams and fancy paint jobs, and absolutely no features that help it go fast like good aerodynamic design, hightech suspension, or highspeed rated tires. Cars registered in big cities, e.g. NYC and Chicago, can't go faster than say 30 miles an hour, which might be optimistic given local driving conditions.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Several day ago, I was surfing and came upon one of the saddest and scariest scenes ever filmed: the beautiful blonda Ayran singing, "The Future Belongs to Me".....from Cabaret. In the current gun control hearing when Tony Bennett started spouting drivel about how we might end up like Germany, I realized he is permanently befuddled. I would not even go see Thatcher because I had read how narrow and biased the interpretation was. Unless I was in prison and forced to go,, I would never watch a Michael Moore production, nor an Oliver Stone. Even the new Lincoln movie had a simple historical fact wrong. Guess who made it? Another simpering Leftie. I am left-handed but right-minded, thank God.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: I saw "Lincoln." I thought it stunk, but I seem to be in the minority. And when I say that I was no fan of Lincoln, the minority shrinks even more.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

BTW I remember an article in American Heritage years ago about the Battle of Athens but I don't remember when. We will probably have to depend on our Vets again if things get much worse. They swore to protect the USA and meant it.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: There was also a TV movie about the event. It was called something like "An American Story."

I hope you're right, but there is a heck of a difference between the military of 1945 and the one we have today.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

Difference! Try to picture an alternate life style, gender mixed unit in the "Band of Brothers". Can you imagine the late MAJ Winters explosive response to that?

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:09 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

As a career USN officer, I don´t place my bets on the current crop but I DO keep the faith with the vets. I believe they are our last, best hope. Study the history of Chile 1970-1974 if you want to understand what is happening in our Great Nation today.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Joe in Texas said:

There was also a recent story about a 7 year old who threw an imaginary grenade into a box of evil with intent to save the world. He made an explosion sound. Whoops! He's in trouble...

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Joe, when I was in the second or third grade in 52 or 53 I was called down to the principals office. When I walked in my younger brother had a police officer on either said. My brother brought in one of my father's war souvenirs from his all expense paid tour of Europe in 44 and 45 for "show and tell". It was the timer for a German mine. It contained no powder and was inoperative. The women principal asked the cops was it dangerous, NO. Could he hurt someone with it, I guess if he threw it at them. The cops told me (being the oldest) to take it home and give it to our father. If this was today, my brother would probably serve serious jail time. What ever happened to common sense?

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Joe: I know. I wrote about him in an upcoming article.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt, for the complete history of "The Battle of Athens Tenn." go to the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership website and click on archives. JPFO.ORG At one time they had a sweatshirt about it. I have it, it was for the fortieth anniversary of the battle. I don't know if it still available. I would get some weird looks from liberals when I wore it. This is the reason for the Second Amendment.

I agree that from what you tell us the movie about Margaret Thatcher is disgusting. I may be more revolted then some because my wife and I took care of my aunt for over ten years who suffered from dementia. I mentioned a few times that I have no use for movies and have not seen one in 20 years. This just adds to the reasons to stay home and read a book or rearrange the sock draw.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: There have been a lot of movies in the past 20 years that I wager are more interesting than your socks, but if you're happy, I'm happy.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:


I remember when I was going to a "liberal arts" college, as required prior to medical school, I became so fond of the freedom of speech enjoyed by professors and students alike that I seriously considered joining the faculty. Thank God I did not. Everything changed so much for the worse that I routinely throw away without opening every bit of mail from that college, which now deserves the name "liberal" in its contemporary meaning of an asylum for the mentally bemused and confused.

Burt, be careful what you write about limited capacity gas tanks. Some libtards will think it's a good idea because it would reduce our "carbon footprint" and force more of us to use public transportation. Maybe electric cars with 5 mile-long extension cords.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: You think you're kidding, but just last week I made a joke about a congressional bowling league in an upcoming article, and the other day I heard that the freshmen class of House members were going to go bowling together in order to create bonds.


Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

JPL in Marlboro, NY said:

It never ceases to amaze me that liberals love to play conservatives on tv and in the movies. I call this the "Ed Asner School of Acting". They genuinely believe that they understand our thought processes. Of course if they actually did, they wouldn't be liberals any longer. Asner takes all the hate and bigotry that liberals hide behind thier condescension, and pretends(ACTING!) that conservatives behave that way. "Law and Order" was a great show for that type of acting, especially when they did something on terrorism and always turned it back on the Bush adminiatration or our military misbehaving.

Kind of like men trying to understand how wives think. It ain't gonna happin!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:52 AM