“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
America recently celebrated 232 years of independence. Back in 1776, a new nation was set apart to be founded on principles of limited federal government, equal rights, religious freedom, liberty and economic opportunity – all of which have become ingrained in the American experience.
It is these principles that lay at the heart of the conservative movement. They support our policies and underline our ideas. The war of ideas gets more aggressive by the day and it’s imperative that conservatives not cede the field to the left. Liberal activists work overtime to push an agenda that limits our freedoms and expands the hand of government in our lives, forcing their way into our schools, our jobs, our churches and even our homes. More than ever conservatives need to stay alert and involved in what’s going on at the local, state and federal levels of government.
Last year’s immigration debate is a shining example of the difference your involvement can make. Calls, comments and blog posts from the grassroots level triggered a national dialogue impossible for Congress, as well as the mainstream media, to ignore.
Thanks to modern technology, online communities such as RedState provide convenient forums for debate and information sharing. RedState has been critical in the fight to secure our borders, win the War on Terror, end wasteful spending and uphold our values.
If we don’t continue to challenge those in power pushing the liberal agenda, we could spend decades attempting to fix all the damages from what we let slip through. It's vitally important that grassroots communities of the conservative movement stay invested and involved in what's going on in Washington. If we're going to preserve America's freedoms for the generations to come, the change will come from the outside – not from inside the walls of Congress. It's your voices and your ideas here at RedState that empower those of us in Washington demanding change.
Despite all the negativity whirling through the media, there is much for conservatives to be optimistic about as we rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The “morning in America” that conservatives look back on with fondness doesn’t have to be a memory of the past. It can be a hope for the future as ordinary people working together to effectively promote conservative principles accomplish extraordinary things.
Thank you, RedState, for promoting freedom and traditional principles through a dynamic new forum. I look forward to participating in the ongoing discussion. And Happy 4th Birthday -- no doubt there will be many more to come.