The First Memorial Day of an Awakened America
Margaret Wheatley, a corporate visionary of the nineties, said in her book, Leadership and the New Science (1992): “Information forms and informs us.” The quote now holds truth and meaning for our country in that the carefully metered out information we have been led to believe, over time, has formed an incognizant people. The political agitprop that feeds the populous in America, for decades has been biased and leftist leaning. Deceit is rampant–most of what comes out of our media (acquiescing with the administration) are lies, untruths, paraphrasing or twisted facts. It’s been called “politics as usual” but what has happened to our government system from whence it started–as Founders with fervent desires to distance us from tyranny–and what has transpired to form us into what we are today? More important, how have we allowed it to happen and now awakened, how can we ensure it never again occurs?
Most of our children are growing up (thanks to liberal leaning textbooks in public schools) with no accurate memory of presidents like Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan and what their polar opposite views have meant to our country’s demise or prosperity (respectively). Against Iran’s blatant pronouncements of denial, Israeli patriots watch with sorrow as the last verifying Holocaust survivors die into distant memory, so we patriotic Americans despair (on the heels of Obama’s apologies to our enemies) to see the last World War 2 soldiers fade away into a bygone era. On this Memorial Day 2010, we who are now paying attention know World War 2 was the last war where American citizens were replete in support and dedicated enthusiasm for the country’s warriors who stood firm in our Founder’s allegiance.
Over the last hundred years or more, Americans have been frogs complacent in a slow to boil cauldron. In just my lifetime, our citizens have accepted in dangerous increments, the bastardizing of our constitution:
Immigration laws were ignored on the basis of compassion. Welfare policies encouraged irresponsibility, the fracturing of families, and a cycle of generations of dependency. Debt was regarded as a tonic to lubricate the economy. Our children left school having been taught that they are exceptional and special, while great numbers of them cannot perform basic functions of mathematics and literacy. Legislators decided that people could not be trusted to defend their own homes, and stripped citizens of their rights to own firearms. Productive members of society have been penalized with a heavy burden of taxes in order to support legions of do-nothings who loll around, reveling in their addictions, obesity, indolence, ignorance and “disabilities.” Criminals have been arrested and re-arrested, coddled and set free to pillage the citizenry yet again. Lawyers routinely extort fortunes from doctors, contractors and business people with dubious torts. We slowly learned to tolerate these outrages, shaking our heads in disbelief, and we went on with our lives.
It is true, busy working in the most industrious and prosperous nation on earth, we Americans have had our noses to the grindstone and our ears to our iPods slaving to make a better life for our families. We took comfort in the false belief that our country was moving along as the world’s superpower and that all would be just fine. Yes, we lifted our heads at the Iraq war and the political drumbeat of Bush’s debasement, but we figured it would all pan out in the end if we just made sure we voted the way we should. We didn’t pay attention to the media’s increasing control of more and more of the information our complacent neighbors believed or the expanding number of welfare sponges taking over our cities all of whom would vote against this country in 2008. And then, in the aftermath of the last presidential election, we awakened with a hangover realizing the America we knew had gone on a drinking rampage of comfort and now sat in a prison of its own making.
Many of our Founders–Thomas Jefferson (author or the Declaration of Independence) , George Mason (author or the first American Bill of Rights) , James Madison (‘father’ of the Constitution) , George Washington (hero-general of the War for Independence) and others–grew up in colonies heading toward tyranny much like ours today. It was among early settlers of Virginia that the setting up of the first popular assembly of legislative representatives (the first in the western hemisphere) was formed. The descendants of these early settlers produced many of the foremost intellects (heretofore mentioned) who structured the framework eventually known as the United States of America. (paraphrased from: The 5,000 Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen, 1981) And these men watched helplessly as their homeland’s tyrannical power unfolded before their eyes through a series of tyrannical events. In the 1770′s, England’s King George expected the colonial common people to be happy with the status quo but they were not willing to trade sovereignty for comfort and the common good of the mother land. Thus was born our Declaration of Independence and all that followed.
So here we are in 2010 and we are awakened and our heads are pounding and we’ve sworn off that complacent liquor we drank last night. Each morning, we open the internet to read about the latest atrocity Obama, George Soros and their minions have delivered and we flinch as yet another law barrels through congress to take away more of our liberty and sovereignty. And yes, we are volunteering for our local conservative politicians and we are contributing even to those in other state campaigns to ensure that in November the tide is turned and we can begin the long road to repair the damage caused by our decades of slumber. Our voices must be heard again and again. It is exhausting, but for our children’s sake, we cannot quit, we cannot falter. And though exhausted, we must continue to pay attention, to remain focused on the wheat of truth and ignore the chaff which seeks to distract us. We have identified trusted sources and even those must be listened to with discernment. As we check off each responsibility on our agenda, we cannot forget the immense job ahead of us: we have so much in which to attend both federally and locally. Even as we frequent city council and board meetings, we must be sure to read local assembly minutes, newsletters and everything else we can get our hands, ears and eyes on. These articles of information, seemingly inconsequential in the past, have nuggets of truth and warning.
And what of our children? Are we educating them? If old enough, are they registered to vote? Are we paying attention and countering what they hear in school? Our goal, besides keeping abreast of what is happening and continuing the fight for our constitution, must be to never let it be forgotten how we got here and instill in our offspring an appreciation for how to forge ahead and reacquire what we have lost– building on those tenets for the next generations. America IS exceptional, she IS and will remain a superpower and we must be the foundation of that greatness. On this Memorial Day, WE must become the Founders, endlessly fighting for liberty and freedom. And never forgetting that to sleep means forfeiting our freedom.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775