Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Battle of Athens,Tennessee in 1946 Was About Stopping Election Fraud

 Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."


I know I written earlier blogs about the battle of Athens Tennessee being about the second amendment of people taking up arms against a corrupt goverment. I think there is some chain of events that have led up to this battle between a corrupt goverment and the battle hardened veterans returning from World War II. What happened in Athens with the events leading up to the armed confrontation has to be told, The battle of Athens is what I call a hostile takeover when peace solutions have been exhausted.

As a people today we tolerate too much abuses by the police today.  Back in 1946, the returning GIs did not tolerate it for long. They all ran for office with the promise of no more political corruption and an honest elections in the county. They endure police abuses of keeping people in jail unjustly to brutality and election fraud. The police preyed on GIs with heavy fines and harassment. As an Athens Veteran said:

 There were several beer joints and honky-tonks around Athens; we were pretty wild; we started having trouble with the law enforcement at that time because they started making a habit of picking up GIs and fining them heavily for most anything—they were kind of making a racket out of it. After long hard years of service—most of us were hard-core veterans of World War II—we were used to drinking our liquor and our beer without being molested. When these things happened, the GIs got madder—the more GIs they arrested, the more they beat up, the madder we got …[1]

The more the system abused the constitutional rights of the GIs. The more determined they were to take over the goverment by running for office to stop the corruption in the local goverment. These GIs did not want what they fought against to be the form goverment they should live under as another GI said:

The principles that we fought for in this past war do not exist in McMinn County. We fought for democracy because we believe in democracy but not the form we live under in this county.

This resulted in a standoff between the veterans and the Sheriff and other corrupt politicians. This is what I call a hostile take over of the election when the political machine will not allow the will of the people to be spoken and use fraud to stay in power. The outcome was the people won and the people involved were stripped naked and sent to the edge of town told never to come back. The GIs took over policing the communities until a new sheriff was elected.  The State goverment of Tennessee recognized the hostile takeover by the GIs as lawful.

This is a warning from history. It is getting to the point where these diebold electronic voting machines are not there to assure the accuracy of the election. These machines were used for vote fraud. When the system denies the will of the people their voice at the ballot box and see no peaceful solution because the people in power control the results. A hostile take over of the elections might be the final solution for our national survival.

 What happened in Athens in 1946 should be a reminder to those who are conspiring to steal an election away from a worthy candidate the people wants. I am not calling for violence. All I am saying when people are pushed into a corner by a corrupt system and denies the consent of the governed their voice who they want to serve them in public office keeping the corrupt status quo in place. Do not be surprised if you are stormed by the angry mobs of people doing a hostile take over. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It has been a warning to us. But the same applies to the tyrants too that history might be repeating itself again not working in their favor. History repeats itself. The battle of Athens not only celebrates the reason of the right to keep and bear arms. It was about the people taking back the election from a corrupt system that were going to deny the people a voice. The use of arms was the difference between victory and defeat. The battle of Athens was about stopping election fraud.


  1. Realman Strikes Again...

    Meanwhile we have progressed from a society of action takers to a society of action watchers. The odds that any voter will stand up to obvious voter fraud are between slim and none. The state of Tennessee is the last place there was a referendum on term limits though, I'll give them that much. Maybe there is still a pair of cojones in the state. We'll see.

    Good to see you working on that grammar and syntax man, keep up the good work. You still have a ways to go. Remember, in Texas we speaky the English and we writes it too. No se habla.

  2. Did this happen in Texas or Tennesee. According to the biography attached to the movie by Hallmark, it happened in Athens, Texas.