While I’m depressed about the election and America’s economic future, the news isn’t completely grim. Advocates of personal freedom are winning on the issue of guns. Gun ownership has become more pervasive and legal protections for the Second Amendment have expanded, all of which is very good news for those of us who want a […]
via Gun Control Lessons for Morons — International Liberty
Reading about the condemnation of a Croatian soccer player leading the cheer “Za Dom Spremni” got me thinking about why people are up in arms about this. “Za Dom Spremni” literally means “For home…Ready!” (The second part is given in answer to the first.) The cheer “Za Dom” has existed for a long time in Croatian history. It first appears in the Hungarian epic The Siege of Sziget, written by Miklos Zrinyi, the great-grandson of the epic’s hero, Croatian Duke Nikola Subic Zrinski. (We celebrate the 450th anniversary of the battle’s end on September 7th. Cardinal Richelieu called it “the battle which saved civilization.) It also appears in the 1876 opera Nikola Subic Zrinski by Ivan Zajk in the patriotic song “U boj, u boj!” And, the cheer appears to have been used in a fuller version by Duke Josip Jelacic (1801-1859). Jelacic would shout “Za Dom!” and his soldiers would respond with “Spremni umrijeti!”–i.e. “Ready to die!” So, the cheer has existed for a long time, and the sentiment probably as long as Croats have wielded a sword in battle.
Duke Nikola Zrinski at Szigetvar
Despite this long tradition, various leftists and Serbs (who fall in the former camp) have married the cheer exclusively to the Croatian fascist government of WWII and the Ustashe. And so, the soccer player above was accused of being a fascist…and, I suppose, all Croats who love soccer. The Croatian fascists did use the cheer with regularity; however, they tended to add “Za poglavnika” (“For Poglavnik”), referring to the commander-in-chief’s deputy, Poglavnik Ante Pavelic.
The election has taken a turn for the worst. According to the Quinnipiac poll, Hillary leads as much as 10% over Trump. Considering the relentless attacks on Trump and scrutiny by the media, this lopsided result does not surprise me. Rachel Lu of Crisis Magazine predicted a purgatorial summer for Republicans if Trump won the nominations, and I echoed her prediction. The Republican party, unlike the Democrats, is a highly factional group. The popular commentator Gavin McGinnes observed fourteen different factions among those who tend to vote Republican. The past three Republican primary races have contained loads of candidates, and the majority of the party has not been pleased with McCain, Romney, or Trump. About one-third of Republicans selected Trump as their candidate. Many of the others have jumped ship to protest vote for Johnson (a statist running under a Libertarian facade) or even intend to sell their souls by voting for Hillary. Many Republicans, especially Conservatives, seem willing to give Hillary Clinton executive power, because their guy lost.