"Five to one, baby, One in five,
No one here gets out alive;
...They've got the guns,
but we've got the numbers;
Gonna win, yeah, we're taking over."
--The Doors, "Five to One"
"To save all we must risk all."
Friedrich Von Schiller (17591805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. Fiesco, in Fiesco, act 4, scene 6.
The other day I was answering a comment on my article "Forcing Their Hand," (December 19, 2009, OpEdNews.com), when I had an epiphany, about our current health care bill predicament. I'll quote, with a couple of small corrections, my reply:
"In military terms, this is a war of attrition. They win if, and only if, we give up. As in all wars there will be miscalculations and betrayals of trust: not simply to our enemies, but sometimes people will betray us to further their own ambitions--think Charge of the Light Brigade, where Lord Luccan ordered his brother-in-law Lord Cardigan to attack in the hopes that Cardigan, whom he hated, would get killed."
"We are the insurgents: we don't have to win; we simply have to avoid losing. The only way we lose is 1) they kill us, 2) we give up."