Thursday, January 17, 2013

17 January 2013 You may fire when you are ready, Gridley

"You may fire when you are ready Gridley." Commodore George Dewey, 1 May 1898, at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.”

The gun debate is nothing to kid about

“If the gun debate gets any more juvenile, the participants will need strollers.”
Cassi Creek:  The battle of Manila Bay, 2 May 1898, signaled the demise of the Spanish Empire in Asia.
Dewey crossed the T on the poorly prepared Spanish fleet at Manila. 
“At 5:41 with the now famous phrase, "You may fire when ready, Gridley, the Olympia's captain was instructed to begin the destruction of the Spanish flotilla.
3, July 1898, the Battle of Santiago de Cuba resulted in the U.S. Navy destroying the Spanish Flotilla, bringing about the end of the Spanish empire in the New World. 
As a result, the U.S. Navy became a formidable navy, capable of bringing force to bear as directed by the United States civil government.  With a presence in two oceans, it effectively elevated the United States to the role of a great power, a player on the world stage that it has maintained since the Spanish-American War.
“At 7:45 a.m., after Captain Gridley messaged Dewey that only 15 rounds of 5" ammunition remained per gun, he ordered an immediate withdrawal. To preserve morale, he informed the crews that the halt in the battle was to allow the crews to have breakfast”
In recognition of George Dewey's leadership during the Battle of Manila Bay a special medal known as the Dewey Medal was presented to the officers and sailors under Admiral Dewey's command. Dewey was later honored with promotion to the special rank of Admiral of the Navy; a rank that no one has held before or since in the United

          The battle for gun control is going to be fought tooth and nail by Obama and whomever he can enlist to help him.  The opposition, the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and every toy-soldier militia, gun collector and teavangelist in the nation, posing as “the good guys” but primarily supporting gun manufacturers, arms dealers, who are actually an arm of “the bad guys.” 
          The Congress will vote along party lines in order that the GOP/teavangelists can present their selves in support of “gun rights” and collect their back door re-election funds. 
          Obama has sufficient public support for changing the gun control laws and regulations if he moves now and moves effectively.  He needs to engage at every level, just as Dewey did at Manila and Farragut at Mobile.  If he allows the public concern to be distorted by the NRA’s propaganda mill, it will be too easy for Congress to do what it has always done, nothing. 
          It’s time to cross the T on the NRA.  You may fire when ready, Biden!”

1 comment:

  1. Don't ever kid a Spaniard about the War of 1898; they have not forgotten!