America Needs Heroes
Edited by Mr. Jordan Torres
The new Marvel superhero movie, “The Avengers” is out this weekend. People are waiting in long lines and trying to buy tickets to sold out shows. They don’t just want to be entertained. They’re not simply looking for an escape from their daily lives. I believe that Americans are hungry for a hero.
In a time when our leaders stand against the values that have made America the beacon of liberty for the entire world, we’re looking for someone to stand up and fight for us. There was a time when we could count on our Grand Old Party to stand up and say “Enough!” but even they cannot be bothered to speak up in a meaningful way. Congressman Boehner and Senator McConnell, two of our most prominent Republicans, back down from every fight that President Obama picks, not wanting to risk bad press. Our party is seemingly prepared to nominate a candidate for POTUS who cannot articulate our Conservative Republican ideals, a milquetoast candidate at best. Our party leaders endorse local and state candidates whose policies and philosophies on governance line up more perfectly with the average Democrat than they do with the grassroots Republican. Clearly, there are few heroes to be found in this lot. There are some Republicans in office that we can point to, of course: Congressman Allen West, Senator Rand Paul and Governor Scott Walker to name a few. And there are Republican candidates throughout our great land who stand with us: Dan Liljenquist (http://www.danforutah.com/issues/), Shahram Hadian (http://hadian2012.com/), Elizabeth Scott (http://www.elizabeth4state.com/)… The list goes on and on. These candidates are all capable of doing great things, but they can’t do it alone. They need us.
We, the grassroots of the Republican Party, are supposed to be the heroes. Ultimately, we must be the ones to fight for our Republic. We can donate money to candidates of principle, if we have the financial means. We can volunteer at their events and we can talk to our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers about the issues facing our nation. We can and should hold our leaders accountable. We the people have great power, and we should not be afraid to use it! Individually, we can accomplish great things. Together, as an army of patriots, we have the power to accomplish anything. Here’s a quote from a superhero on the subject:
These are dark and desperate times. I know that some of you are afraid. It’s alright. It’s perfectly natural. But I want you to know that I am not. I am not afraid to die this day because what we do here is necessary. It may seem impossible, our enemies may appear to be endless, but that doesn’t matter. Because there is no one else. Look at me. I believe in an idea, an idea that a single individual who has the right heart and the right mind that is consumed with a single purpose, that one man can win a war. Give that one man a group of soldiers with the same conviction, and you can change the world.
Captain America was born out of the dark times of World War II when America needed a hero. Our nation is facing dark times, once again. But this time the enemy isn’t confined to a hostile nation (although there are some of those out there) our enemy lies within our own borders. Sometimes it hides within our own Party. Some Republicans put party before principle. Some even say that principle doesn’t matter; that we just need to win elections. When a Conservative Republican makes a stand on principle, they’re told be fall in line and be a “good Republican.” I say that it is standing on principle that defines us as good Republicans.
America needs heroes. Not fantasy superheroes, but every day, average Conservative Heroes; men and women who will stand up for conservative, American, Constitutional principles. We need men and women who are brave enough to stand up to our own Party, if needed. We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for. We are those heroes. Together, with God’s help, we can save our Republic and our Grand Old Party.
I’ll leave you with one more quote from the most American of superheros:
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move.”