Having come across an article that really stands out in all the din of messaging we see these days, I feel compelled to share it with you for what it's worth.
Written by Yates Walker, a conservative activist and writer who served honorably as a paratrooper and a medic in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division before getting involved in politics, A Tea Party Battle Cry accurately portrays where we are as a nation better than most.
Walker points out that some pundits are drawing comparisons between our current political climate and that of America just before the civil war. They’re wrong, he says. This isn’t 1859. It’s 1775.
He begins with a reality we must all accept; "A government is a reflection of its people."
At the founding, Walker writes, Americans saw freedom as a birthright. To protect that freedom, they designed an accountable government tethered by negative rights and constrained by competing powers.
Americans embraced the precious gift of freedom to rise as individuals, bound only by the limits of their God-given abilities and the willingness to work. And all the while, the greatest nation the world has ever seen rose along with them.
In comparison, we now have President Obama, along with his cronies on the Far Left, who are teaching today's generation that our birthright is the 'opportunity' to be on the receiving end of government largess. A message so many of our fellow citizens are only too willing to embrace.
And the Far Left labors valiantly to rewrite our history, to tell us the Founding Fathers fought the American Revolution not for individual freedom, but for equal income distribution. That Thomas Jefferson and his generation pursued limited government to ensure equity, but fail to point out that the pursuit was for equal opportunity, not the guarantee of equal results.
Walker reminds us that Americans have been surrendering, little by little, their freedom for promised comfort. That if Obamacare is implemented in a second Obama administration, America will never recover.
He cautions us to look at two versions of socialized medicine that already exist in this country as a peek into our future; the Veterans Administration and Indian reservations - neither system can meet its patients’ needs, so they have to ration care.
"And with government-run anything, bigger is worse."
Independence is at stake, Walker tells us. Half our citizens now receive some form of government assistance and we’re about to make a decision as to what type of country America will be because when you cross the threshold of 50%, there's no turning back.
"We’re at the tipping point of vast societal change. Another Obama term would tip the balance, and there’s no going back."
As I read this, I thought of Ron Paul supporters and those of a third party mindset, thinking if only these individuals could rise above the fray of politics and really grasp what is at stake in the 2012 election. Yet, in my experiences, and I don't claim to be a wise ambassador for the cause of good, I see these folks as a lost cause, just another obstacle to overcome.
Walker tells us we have two options: one active, one passive. Without radical action, our current nanny-state inertia will choose our future for us. The active option is to elect Republicans and once they’re in office, hound them incessantly to cut spending, slash programs, balance the budget and reduce the deficit.
"There’s no coasting after a successful election. The mission lasts forever. As George Washington said, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance."
He tells us Republicans need to fight and fight to win. That the odds are not in our favor and how it is that Republicans always lose and he explains why that is.
Ultimately, we are reminded that nothing is cresting over the horizon. The point of no return is not approaching. It’s here. It’s now. It’s victory or death time.
"Ronald Reagan said that freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. Like it or not, if you’re reading this, you’re that generation. The duty is yours and if you fail, your children’s America will be a faint and doddering shadow of the land of opportunity you once knew."
News anchor John Chancellor once said;
"Now the 21st century approaches and with it the inevitability of change. We must wonder if the American people will find renewal and rejuvenation within themselves, will discover again their capacity for innovation and adaptation. If not, alas, the nation's future will be shaped by sightless forces of history over which Americans will have no control."
As we ponder that thought, I think of what John Adams said about the American people;
"The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people... this radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution."
Which reflects what the Tea Party has brought about in America and where we are today, and it is in this regard that I say Yates Walker is absolutely right. This isn’t 1859. It’s 1775.
"Sound the trumpets. Load for bear."