Here in a couple of weeks the Colonel will welcome another air-breathing resident to the Tallahatchie Free State.
The Hope of 21st Century Civilization, Dash 3 (H21CC - 3) -- the Colonel's third grandson -- has been present and accounted for in a gestative state for nearly three quarters of a trip 'round Ol' Sol and all the legal residents and citizens (one not to be confused with the other, owing to strict citizenship requirements) of the representation-restricted republic here at the shallow northern end of deep southern nowhere (established with tongue firmly planted in cheek and hands tightly gripping any one of a large assortment of firearms) are anxiously awaiting his birth.
No one more than the Colonel.
Grandchildren, grandsons in particular, represent many things to many people.
To some, a grandchild represents an opportunity to exact revenge through spoilage on the intervening generation.
To others, a grandchild represents an opportunity to correct mistakes made in the parenting of the fore-mentioned intervening generation.
Yet to others, a grandchild represents an opportunity for proud comparison with the grandchildren of peers and siblings.
To the Colonel, a grandson is an opportunity to do all of the above... and more.
To the Colonel, a grandson is an opportunity to build another in the long line of family patriots.
To the Colonel, a grandson is an opportunity to educate and produce one of the most rare humans on the planet -- one who knows, appreciates, and understands history.
To the Colonel, a grandson is an opportunity to train and produce another increasingly rare human -- a gentleman who places the life and security of women and children above even his own dignity; knowing that no manly dignity is attainable otherwise.
To the Colonel, a grandson is an opportunity to pass on the increasingly rare belief that there are indeed things worth fighting for; and that following Jesus does not mean forsaking the responsibility to fight -- with weapons as well as words.
Find that last clause troubling?
You may find it so because you have been mistakenly led to believe that Jesus preached and practiced "non-violence."
News flash -- Jesus was Almighty God in the flesh; not a pre-incarnate of Gandhi. Today, Jesus is Almighty God. Tomorrow, Jesus will be Almighty God's war-bringing judgement for the nations.
The Colonel invites any self-professing Christian who believes otherwise to read Revelations 19: 11 -- 16.
Raise your grandsons to be politically correct, "tolerant" followers, if you wish.
The Colonel's grandsons will be prepared to fight in the company of a principled few for the protection of the many whose upbringing without virtue hamstrings their ability to even defend themselves, let alone others.