When Barack Obama campaigned to become President of the United States, he spoke with great elegance as to the need for change in our country. Since becoming President, he and his Party of majority have ushered in unparalleled change—unfortunately, not change for the betterment of our nation.
These changes include signing a law forcing Americans to buy health insurance. Plans are to also push for a law that could shut down the primary source of business and communications, the internet, in the event that the President deems it necessary. Add to these the unprecedented increase in government spending of which would make FDR and Woodrow Wilson proud, not to mention other potential government intrusions, and yes change has to come to our great country in most extraordinary fashion.
As we have seen, change for the sake of change is not always good. What America desperately needs is change from within.
When our Founding Fathers broke free from the tyrannical rule of King George and declared their independence, they did so out of a thirst for freedom and disgust with a government that ruled against the will of the people. Perhaps at no time since our country’s founding has the government ingrained itself into the lives of its people as it has today.
Imagine the outcry of men such as Sam Adams and Thomas Paine at the mere suggestion that the government force its people to purchase anything. These and other founders would have been appalled at the belief that their newspapers, like is being proposed for talk radio and other forms of media, be forced to provide equal time and space for opposing viewpoints.
The words of a Founding Father and our second President, John Adams, ring true today, “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”
Sadly, a growing number of us bow to the throne of government, fully dependent on it for our daily substance, thus it is growing difficult to protest the very hand that is feeding us. By supplying the basis physical needs of so many, government is growing ever more powerful. Soon, a majority of Americans will be voting for officials who will be the very people who supply all their physical needs—a frightening thought indeed.
We conservatives need to be a more vocal people regarding the increased government intrusion into our lives, to make our voices be heard. We believe the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The government that governs the best, governs least.” But why are we so silent? Those who fought and died so that this great nation of freedom could be established and sustained were not quiet when their freedoms were challenged.
How many of us mutter to ourselves or only to those with whom we have agreement when we are frustrated with the freedom-grabbing power and bankrupting policies of this administration? Perhaps, we fear our government more than we care to admit.
This battle for our freedom does not take place with guns and ammunition, rather it is a battle of ideas and one we conservatives must win for the sake of our nation. The undercurrent of anger needs to become visible and audible to those in office and those running for office. This battle does not begin or end on Election Day, 2010. It begins now with freedom-loving Americans sharing their convictions with a neighbor, friend, or coworker.
We stand at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. The outright stripping of our freedoms and the bankrupting of our nation has been appalling under this administration – and it’s only been in power for 18 months. Imagine how many more freedoms and how much further unabashed government spending will occur in the next two and a half years of this President’s rule. Dare we even consider what we might experience if President Obama won a second term?
Just imagine and it should motivate us to help steer this nation back on course, a course that began over 230 years ago. We freedom-loving Americans can take back this country with undaunted effort and unquenchable passion. The words of a founding father, Sam Adams, are as appropriate today as they were then, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
Let us be a people as Sam Adams described and right this ship. Our country is better than this. We are better than this.
Chad Stafko is a writer and political consultant living in the Midwest. He can be reached at [email protected]