Today we stand in the shoes of our founding fathers. The winds blowing from Washington smell of evil, corruption, and tyranny. We, like them, are faced with a government seeking to take away our cherished freedoms and God given rights. We, like them, have no representation in the halls of government. The hallowed halls of congress, once walked by statesmen dedicated to serving the interest of the people, are now occupied by power hungry politicians who only hear the voices of the special interest who purchased them. No longer listening to the will of the people, they walk in lockstep with congressional leaders to do the bidding of their great proponent of socialism.
Appeals to the courts of our land have fallen on the deaf ears of carefully selected judges who promised in their confirmation hearings to adhere, not to the Constitution, but to the will of the Senators who approved them. They have taken their oath of office with one hand on the Bible while the other is behind their back with crossed fingers.
Our founders had three options; the soap box, the jury box, and the cartridge box. They tried the first, were rejected by the second, and forced to resort to the third. They have left for us a fourth option; the ballot box. Our choice is clear. Our duty is plain. Our course is obvious. If our nation is to survive we must rid ourselves of all in Washington, both Republican and Democrat, who would destroy our constitution, and replace them with men and women who will protect and preserve it. First with our voices, then with our votes.
Our fellow Americans are already in the field. Millions of patriots are making their voices heard at tea parties and town halls across the nation. More than a million of our neighbors and fellow citizens marched on Washington, D. C. Thousands of letters and millions of e-mails have been sent to members of Congress. The voices speaking out are not those of evil rabble or right-wing nuts, as some leaders have labeled us. They are the voices of the sons and daughters of America. Like Admiral Yamamoto, this government has awakened a sleeping giant and placed within him an awesome resolve. The giant has a name. It is “We the People.” The giant has a purpose. It is to restore that government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” to this land we love.
How many living today were foot soldiers in the Reagan revolution? Do we still remember? Do we still have the resolve? Do we still have the strength? Can we, and will we, once again stand together in defense of our blood-bought freedoms? Or, have our fading health and sunset years diminished our love of freedom, and our willingness to stand and fight for it? I pray not! Will the forces of evil now in Washington condemn our nation to the dustbin of human history? God forbid it!
Many of us have grown old enjoying the blessings of this great nation. Yes, we walk a little slower these days and our hearing and eyesight are not what they once were. The torch of liberty is passing from our generation to a younger one. It is my prayer that this new generation will have the wisdom, and determination, to preserve the values the young men of this nation have fought and died for over the last two hundred and thirty-three years.
As I write this I remain convinced that the torch of liberty, lit by our founders and passed through the generations, still burns in the heart of every patriotic, God-fearing American. I remain convinced that if enough of us stand up and speak out we can defeat the current madness in Washington, and pass our cherished freedom on to those generations following in our footsteps.
A United States Senator who opposed war once stood on the floor of the Senate and made the bold affirmation that “Freedom has never been obtained at the point of a bayonet.” Another senator arose to ask the simple question, “Sir, how does the good Senator think we got ours?” Americans have understood since our founding that there are some things worth fighting for and even dying for. The preservation of our nation is one of those things.
At stake is nothing less than the future of our children and grandchildren. When they look back on this generation what will they see? What will they think? What will they say? Did we fail them? In the hour of America’s greatest challenge did we rise up as patriots or remain silent as cowards? Will they enjoy the freedom we enjoy, or will our inaction condemn them to life under a tyrannical, oppressive, and socialistic world government?
These questions will be answered by other generations in other times. My prayer is that Americans will refuse to submit to this onslaught of tyranny. The time is now. The future will not wait. “We the People” must make our voices echo throughout the chambers of government, and place “fear of the ballot box” in the heart of every incumbent, Republican and Democrat, from State House to White House. As Patrick Henry asked two hundred and thirty-four years ago,
“Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
I pray the God of our fathers will once again raise up dedicated men and women who, like Reagan, will lead this nation out of the abyss of darkness and back into the sunlight of freedom. I am convinced they are out there. If they will but stand up “We the People” will stand with them, just as we did during the Reagan Revolution. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, the “shining city on a hill.” must be preserved. We must make the city stronger. We must make the city freer. And we must leave her in good hands.
I can think of no better way to end this article than letting Ronald Reagan speak once again to this generation.
“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government.’ This idea — that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power — is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves…
“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”
May God bless our efforts and may God bless the Unites States of America.