27 February 2017

Righting the Wrongs, Re-Visited

I've received a couple of requests to publish this one again, and the weather outside is crummy (icy/snowy, multiple accidents, etc), so here you go:
"I have met with difficulties ... such as I never expected; but they must be borne with. The cause we are engaged in is so just and righteous that we must try to rise superior to every obstacle in its support."

~~ George Washington to Major General Philip Schuyler (Dec. 5, 1775)

I have been much troubled of late, regarding the fight which is even now striving for the heart and soul of America. We seem to be two peoples sharing a common border, but very little else.

Beginning over a century ago, school curricula began teaching that the founders of this nation were evil white Europeans. Slowly but steadily, the lives and writings of those who painstakingly crafted this Constitutional republic are forgotten, and in their place, we are served pablum ... the most puerile pap imaginable. One of our daughters' history text, some years ago, had 24 pages about Sacajawea, but ONE PARAGRAPH about George Washington.

Long has the pop culture and the so-called "mainstream" media told us that conservatives are evil, selfish, greedy, and so on. We're told that whatever their struggles, it has little-to-no relevance to today. After all, these are modern times. Didn't you know?

Bull. That's all a crock of the worst kind of garbage.

The men and women who gave their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor - a term which has nearly no modern equivalent - did NOT fight, stand, and often die so that greedy politicians could take care of us. That is NOT government's job, and I don't care who says it is. Anyone who believes that has been deluded, or is deliberately ignoring the truth.

When President Dwight Eisenhower addressed the students at Columbia University in 1954, he spoke the following words:
Here in America we are descended in spirit from revolutionaries and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.

We can no longer afford to sit idly by, hoping for the best, while those who hate America are striving to destroy it from within.

The progressives - those who want to progress beyond the Constitution - are in a decades-old struggle to take over this nation, this federation of united States. They know that it cannot be destroyed by conventional means, so they have undertaken to weaken it from within ... to use our compassion, our essential goodness, against us.

They tell us we must "care" about this cause or that ... we must "care" about the hungry, the needy, the disadvantaged. Well, here's a news flash: we do! The citizens of the United States have traditionally contributed more to charity than those of any other nation on earth.

But that's not good enough, they say. The problem is too large, too complex, too daunting for churches, or civic organizations, or charitable foundations to deal with it. Only government can do it properly, they say.

Well, "they" say LOTS of things. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in 1965; how's that workin' out for ya? Yay, poverty's gone!
Oh, wait.

One of the things our domestic enemies tell us is that the Constitutional is just an old document. They say it's no longer pertinent to us, today. Oh, really? Patrick Henry said
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
That Constitution lays out a few specific duties for the "General Government", as Thomas Jefferson phrased it. It also specifically says that anything not specifically spelled out in that document as being the responsibility of that government, is deliberately reserved to the States, or the People. That's the 10th Amendment (in case you've been under a rock for the last few years). But the Progressives in government, and their appointees who legislate from the judiciary, have been warping that for a long time now.

Those who love this Union, and the Constitution, and revere the idea that governmental authority flows upward from US, not downward from the government, are now waking up to find the burglar's nearly out the door with all our possessions.

You think you're free? Do you have a permit for concealed carry in your wallet? Did you have to get permission to exercise your unalienable natural right, the one which shall not be infringed?

Ihre Papieren, bitte.

Don't tell me about your driver's license; driving is a privilege, rather than a right. Unfortunately, too many have never been educated as to the difference.

This war - and make no mistake; it is a war for the heart and soul of this country - is here, now. You've watched that General Government ignore the voice of the constituency. You've seen them dismiss concerned and angry citizens at meeting after meeting; talking down to upset voters as if they were unruly children. After all, they say, they know what's best for us. Just shut up and listen, and they'll tell you.

Is your existence so dear that you'll pay any price in taxes, in licenses and fees and fines and penalties, in thousands upon thousands of new laws making your freedom a crime? Or, as Patrick Henry said, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?" You know what I mean, folks. Big Brother the Nanny will tell you what's best, after all.

The massive entitlement programs which have been put in place, to enslave generations of Americans, will be tough to dismantle. But we must try. We can't allow the promise of a free lunch to bankrupt us. Unfortunately, the politicians are seemingly ignorant of TANSTAAFL. They need to be educated.

No more. Stand up, my friends. We can not allow this to continue.

I know that many of you are already doing what you can. To those, I say, "Bravo!" But many of us could do more. Our elected officials must understand that we will NOT sink back into slumber while they continue to destroy our liberty, one new regulation at a time.

Just a couple of years ago, the Democrats informed us - while they berated the previous administration in the most hateful and derogatory terms - that dissent is patriotic. Oh, really? Then why were the Tea Partiers told to sit down and shut up? Why did the Rethuglican Party coopt the Tea Party movement? Why are conservatives called the same names now, by those still in power? Now dissent is not only unpatriotic, they say, but "hate speech".

As long as there's any hope that peaceful protest will still work, we must be peaceful. But we must also be insistent and steadfast in our determination that they have gone too far. The day could be fast approaching when we may not be able to do - or say - anything at all about it.


Old NFO said...

Well said, sir. And agreed, peaceful IS the best option, unless we are pushed beyond what we will accept.

Rev. Paul said...

And therein lies a hidden danger: what if not enough of us recognize a clear & present danger, and don't rise up - and then it's too little, too late?

This sure makes me glad I've read the end of The Book.

Suz said...

A few days ago I followed a link in something I was reading to a list of 10 things for democrats to do daily written by Michael Moore, who I can't stand, but I thought what is he stirring up now...

Actually, if you took Democrats out of the title and put Conservatives in it's place it would work well. The first item was to call your elective representative...Monday was call your federal Senator, Tuesday was call the House of Representative dude, Wednesday/Thursday was call your State folks, Friday was local folks.

Once a week was send someone an email about a topic you feel strongly about...healthcare, immigration, budget deficits, education, supreme court judge, etc...

Once a month show up at their office to express your opinion in person, nicely/politely.

Then, join the group of your choice, and support them.

Lastly was sign up to run for local office as that is where all the action starts.

I really don't like Mr. Moore, but I can't fault his call to action steps...they strike me as something all of us can do to help begin to re-direct the course of this country. If the snowflakes can use these steps to try an end run around the election results, there is no reason those of us can't use these steps to remind our politicians to keep their promises, and that we the people believe in the Constitution and want it followed.

LindaG said...

Shared on facelessbook.

Rev. Paul said...

Suz, you're right, of course. I hope enough are likewise stirred up to do something about it.

Thank you, Linda.

Murphy's Law said...

Long ago someone once told me that if your elected officials do not know you by name and where you stand on the issues that are important, than you are not doing your job as a citizen.

Rev. Paul said...

ML, that sounds perfect. I suspect a number of us grew quiet in the last 8 years, to avoid being a target of opportunity. But the time to speak up has returned.

Guffaw in AZ said...

'Clear and present danger'


You seem to have touched on the macrocosm of the issue. WELL DONE!

I, on the other hand, touched on a tinny snippet, that may be contributing to the problems. (scurries back to his hidey hole, and replaces his tine foil cover!)

I wonder if s deliberate part of this dyseducation process is telling everyone constantly we are a democracy? Could this be why so many illiterates are yelling about changing the electoral college?
(apologies for rambling)


Rev. Paul said...

Guffaw, I suspect that if you trace the Federal speechifying (and there's a LOT of it) back to around the War Between the States, you'll find that - at the same time when "these united States" became "the United States" - that our Republic became a "democracy". After all, mob rule is far more popular with the mob than the rule of law.