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Molon Labe, the Code of Those Born Fighting
American Thinker ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Russ Vaughn

Posted on 01/30/2013 7:48:09 AM PST by EXCH54FE

If you are a reader of comments here at American Thinker then you have probably noticed an increasing use of the term molon labe. For those of you unfamiliar with the term and too busy (or too lazy) to look it up, I've done it for you.

It is a Greek expression first attributed to King Leonidas of Sparta when the Persian invader Xerxes I, prior to the Battle of Thermopylae, demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms and submit to him. Its essential meaning was, "Up yours, pal: come do your worst." In so many words, it is the Greek equivalent of the response of Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe* of the 101st Airborne Division, who when surrounded at Bastogne, Belgium during WWII, reportedly said, "Nuts!" to a German demand for surrender. Screaming Eagle lore has it that the defiant general's actual response to the German general was in language unreportable in those more discreet days, "Eff you, Kraut!" Whatever, the unflinching meaning of both statements is abundantly clear:

"Come on, hoss; take your best shot."

According to multiple web sources, molon labe now translates to an unwavering, "Come and take it," as in Charleton Heston's defiant challenge at the 2000 NRA convention, "From my cold dead hands." Considering that the expression, in one form or another, has been quite forcefully and purposefully addressed to would-be tyrants by very strong and admirable men, from Leonidas to Heston, many of us find a sense of oneness with men of such resolve, embracing their defiance and applying it to our own determination to defend our constitutional right to keep and bear protective weaponry free from federal constraints.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; lambda; molonlabe; secondamendment; sparta; youwillnotdisarmus

1 posted on 01/30/2013 7:48:15 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

MOLON LABE


2 posted on 01/30/2013 7:48:56 AM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: EXCH54FE

What he said...


3 posted on 01/30/2013 7:51:28 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: EXCH54FE
από τα κρύα, νεκρά μου χέρια
4 posted on 01/30/2013 7:57:01 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: EXCH54FE

Our representatives need to stop accepting the left’s “front” issues, which are simply incrementalism.

Address their end goal (total confiscation), and tell them “nuts” on any incremental steps toward that goal.


5 posted on 01/30/2013 7:59:59 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: EXCH54FE

6 posted on 01/30/2013 8:10:47 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Please describe the symbol- I hate symbols that are not clearly defined. Thanks.


7 posted on 01/30/2013 8:13:45 AM PST by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: EXCH54FE

How about a saying that is less egg head and makes sense to the common man.


8 posted on 01/30/2013 8:15:27 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Manly Warrior; Bloody Sam Roberts
I'm going to go out on a limb and take a guess that it means/has something to do with Molon Labe.
9 posted on 01/30/2013 8:20:47 AM PST by Jane Long
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To: mountainlion

We already have one, from 1776 and from 1835: Come and Take It.


10 posted on 01/30/2013 8:20:51 AM PST by norton
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To: mountainlion

Educate the common man if we can.

In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

Come and take it if you can!!
MOLON LABE


11 posted on 01/30/2013 8:22:12 AM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: EXCH54FE

I looked that up the first time someone posted it. Been thinking recently. Maybe I should have use some spare time, however small that time is, to learn Latin. Something to keep my mind learning and a break for what we are preparing for. Here is a website I found with what appears to add on to the meaning you posted.

http://thefiringline.com/HCI/molon_labe.htm


12 posted on 01/30/2013 8:22:30 AM PST by Capt.Michaels (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: Manly Warrior

Google Generation Identitaire


13 posted on 01/30/2013 8:23:39 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: norton
How about some simple like “live free or die”,
Don't tread on me, Take freedom back...

I don't like the invitation to come and get me I like I will take my stuff back.

14 posted on 01/30/2013 8:26:53 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

What is that thing?


15 posted on 01/30/2013 8:28:29 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Capt.Michaels
YES, I love your web site. Yes learn Latin, Greek, spanish,
Take a trip. Live, Live today for tomorrow may never come.
But when they come for your Guns, fight like Hell and NEVER give in or give up.

In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

Come and take them if you can!!
MOLON LABE

16 posted on 01/30/2013 8:34:29 AM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: Capt.Michaels
The phrase is Greek, not Latin.

Molon (accent on the last syllable) is a participle ("coming"), from the verb blosko meaning "to go," or "to come."

Labe (accent on the "e") is an imperative, "take!"

The ancient pronunciation of the "b" (beta) would have been like English "b," not "v" (as in the Modern Greek pronunciation of beta).

So literally, "coming, take!" but in better English "come and take them!"

17 posted on 01/30/2013 8:41:36 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: mountainlion

The symbol for Christians in battle. The shields in the movie 300 had them.


18 posted on 01/30/2013 8:42:13 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: mountainlion

https://www.google.com/search?q=spartans+shield&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=_EsJUemyJcKligKi3oGoBg&biw=864&bih=602&sei=AEwJUdqnCumsiALOwYCABQ


19 posted on 01/30/2013 8:43:34 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
The symbol for Christians in battle.

I did not know that. I had many in the big red cross of the Crusaders in my family. That is the first time in a long time that I went to Google.

20 posted on 01/30/2013 8:49:50 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: EXCH54FE
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21 posted on 01/30/2013 8:54:09 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Lancey Howard

It’s catchier the way Heston says it. Just sayin ... :)


22 posted on 01/30/2013 9:01:27 AM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: EXCH54FE

Molon Labe = “Come and take Them”

Texan for Molon Labe = “Come and Take It”


23 posted on 01/30/2013 9:10:56 AM PST by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones)
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To: Manly Warrior; mountainlion
7 Please describe the symbol- I hate symbols that are not clearly defined. Thanks.

15 What is that thing?


… Another widely known Spartan symbol, adopted in the 420s BC, was the letter lambda (Λ), standing for Laconia or Lacedaemon, which was painted on the Spartans' shields.[36] Shields were of great importance in the Spartan army that losing a sword and a spear was an exception, but to lose a shield was a sign of disgrace. Not only does it protects the user, but it also protects the whole phalanx formation. To come home without the shield was the mark of a deserter, rhipsaspia or "dropping the shield", was a synonym for desertion in the field. Mothers bidding farewell to their sons would encourage them to come back with their shields, often saying goodbyes like "Son, either with this or on this" (Ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς).[37][38] …

Unfortunately ...


… The Greek letter lambda was selected as a symbol by the Gay Activists Alliance of New York in 1970.[5] In December 1974, the lambda was officially declared the international symbol for gay and lesbian rights by the International Gay Rights Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland.[5] The lambda signifies unity under oppression.[5] The gay rights organization Lambda Legal and the American Lambda Literary Award derive their names from this symbol. The lambda was associated with the Spartans because they were also known as the Lacedaemonians.[6] …

24 posted on 01/30/2013 9:17:19 AM PST by MacNaughton
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To: Manly Warrior

It is the design of the Spartan shield. The Greek letter “L” for Lacedemonia, which was Sparta in Ancient Greece.


25 posted on 01/30/2013 9:22:11 AM PST by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: Capt.Michaels

Excellent! Thanks.


26 posted on 01/30/2013 9:26:40 AM PST by yoe
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

ping for later.


27 posted on 01/30/2013 9:42:54 AM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: duffee

             

28 posted on 01/30/2013 9:52:54 AM PST by tomkat ( .. livin' up north, with a Texas state of mind)
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To: EXCH54FE

Other than once in a while (Elian, Waco, Ruby Ridge...) they don’t have to come get anything they want. You mail it in every April.
If you didn’t, they’d be too feeble to pay anyone to come and get your guns.


29 posted on 01/30/2013 9:57:21 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: tomkat

Flag of the Texicans at Gonzoles, 1835.

30 posted on 01/30/2013 9:57:52 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Lancey Howard

Rub them at a bonfire of burning tax returns, that will warm them up.


31 posted on 01/30/2013 10:01:06 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: EXCH54FE
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32 posted on 01/30/2013 10:31:26 AM PST by MtnMan101
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To: Verginius Rufus

Oh yes, I know. Just mean it got me to thinking about other languages. Probably could’ve worded that better. :o) Thank you for more information


33 posted on 01/30/2013 1:28:48 PM PST by Capt.Michaels (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Actually according to my great Greek friend...Ioannis...Molon Labe is Roman....Molon Lave is Greek.


34 posted on 01/30/2013 1:31:39 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: EXCH54FE

Cool, glad you liked it :o) I found these 2 links on the same website. I would like to order some of their bracelets. I don’t know if there is a better, more reliable, or lower priced website. The first link is for the bracelets and the second has shoulder patches. If you click on the image for the shoulder patches it shows you the different colors.

http://milspecmonkey.com/store/bracelets/molon-labe-bracelet

http://milspecmonkey.com/store/patches/word-based/molon-labe-tab


35 posted on 01/30/2013 1:32:19 PM PST by Capt.Michaels (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: Manly Warrior; mountainlion
Sorry. I thought the reference was known by most here.

It is the Lambda symbol which adorned the shields of the Spartans...particularly at Thermopylae.

This particular version is the symbol for the group "Generation Identitaire". The youth of France has taken umbrage at their heritage being usurped by outsiders and have taken a stand. There was a video they put on YouTube but...as is the norm for YouTube...it has been pulled.

So yes....molon labe.

36 posted on 01/30/2013 4:31:25 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: EXCH54FE

MALINOIS LABE

37 posted on 01/30/2013 4:35:22 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: US_MilitaryRules
The symbol for Christians in battle. The shields in the movie 300 had them.

Christians fought in the Battle of Thermopylae? That's unusual.

38 posted on 01/30/2013 4:43:25 PM PST by Drew68
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To: EXCH54FE

Molon Labe says it all...States our position and expresses defiance...All at once...

Anyone who prefers a more modern symbolic expression, rooted in our own struggle for Independence from England may prefer “4.19.75”...The date of the battles of Lexington and Concord...

Also started over guns and an attempt at confiscation...Led to the Seige of Boston...

I like “4.19.75” as well...And very distinctly American!


39 posted on 01/30/2013 4:52:35 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: elteemike

Okay, so here’s my next question to all of us. It’s clearly and obivious in order for successive victory. How will we communicate with each other? From city to city, from State to State. When the SHTF, what now? We will not be able to just call one another and the internet will quickly be shut down.


40 posted on 01/30/2013 6:11:14 PM PST by Capt.Michaels (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: elteemike

Okay, so here’s my next question to all of us. It’s clearly and obvious in order for successive victory. How will we communicate with each other? From city to city, from State to State. When the SHTF, what now? We will not be able to just call one another and the internet will quickly be shut down.


41 posted on 01/30/2013 6:11:29 PM PST by Capt.Michaels (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: Capt.Michaels

Hey! Welcome to Free Republic! I gathered from some of your posts that you are from Alabama. Roll Tide! or War something or other. I trust your relativly new sign up isn’t proof of trollage? Loose lips sink ships and all. Maybe Obama getting reelected was the last straw for you. Maybe you could kinda give us a chance to get to know you? These are strange and dangerous times. Also, prepper and gun grabber threads aren’t the only thing discussed here. Always welcome a new member. Hope you have contributed whatever you can afford to keep Free Republic alive!

Peace...


42 posted on 01/30/2013 6:37:18 PM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: Drew68

OK whatever they were. Spartans


43 posted on 01/30/2013 11:41:43 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: saleman

Hmmm, interesting reply. I’ve seen your name around here before. Thank you for your suggestions.


44 posted on 01/31/2013 11:54:56 AM PST by Capt.Michaels (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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