It is very frustrating to me that there are so many in this country who fail to recognize that there is a fight for freedom going on right now.
The United States of America began with its original fight for freedom, even the Revolutionary War. Our forefathers fought with words and swords to establish this as a land of liberty. The result was not perfection, but it was exemplary. Since then, their posterity has continued in that fight…to extend and preserve freedom. The Civil War is remarkable in the high price that so many Americans paid in order to extend freedom. World War II is a moving example of Americans fighting and sacrificing to preserve freedom. Our 233 year history is wrought with countless examples of the continuous fight for freedom, sometimes with swords…and sometimes just with words.
But there are many now who just don’t get it. Sure they know our past, but they’ve been lulled to sleep, lulled into the thinking that the fight is over, or that’s it’s not important anymore. To these people, there are things more important than preserving “petty” freedoms..such as the freedom to drive whatever kind of car you want; the freedom to use cheap and safe light bulbs if you choose; the freedom of parents to have the ultimate say over their children’s education; the freedom to own a particular gun; or the freedom to earn as much money as the marketplace allows. I believe that these freedoms are worth fighting for, because liberty will not be lost in this country in a sudden swoop…it will lost bit by bit, all in the name of something “better.” But as we continue along this path, soon the freedoms at stake will be the freedom of religion, the freedom to have as many children as we choose, and the fundamental freedom of speech. What justifies this? What could be better than freedom? How about “protecting” the environment, “universal” health care, never “offending” anybody, or the Utopian and unattainable ideal of “equality” of results?
James Madison said at the Virgina Convention in 1788,
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
I think that there are a lot of good Americans who simply do not recognize that a fight is even raging. Because if there is a fight…then it means choosing sides. And that makes people uncomfortable. They think that choosing sides is necessarily “extreme.” It is better to be moderate…to not get too uptight…to simply hope for “unity.” Some of these people are my friends, whom I like and respect. These people are not bad…they’re just asleep, but their failure to recognize that a fight is raging is actually helping speed the process to tyranny. And tyranny is evil. Should I have used that word? That word makes people uncomfortable. Sometimes feeling uncomfortable is a good thing. Of course, I don’t mean that all of the individuals who make up the Left are evil or that all of those who make up the Right are good. But I do mean that tyranny is EVIL, and freedom is GOOD. And to be lukewarm, for the sake of unity or politeness, is not a virtue. George W. Bush took a lot of flack when he identified North Korea, Iraq and Iran as the “Axis of Evil.” It was rude and offensive to label these countries as “evil”…it was not “politically correct.” Of course, the president was not suggesting that the individual citizens of those countries were evil; he was stating the FACT the their form of government was…IS…evil. Political correctness is a form of soft tyranny.
“In today’s world, we have no such clarity. The enemies of freedom work much more subtly, waging an insidious war in hearts and minds rather than on the ground. It’s been said that the Devil’s greatest achievement was convincing humanity that he didn’t exist, and I believe that is true. Today, the enemies of the West don’t wear a uniform and don’t act openly. Many of them are not even aware of the role they are playing, and contradictorily insist that we who remain of the West (the Remnant, if you wish, though I’m rather hesitant to apply that term myself) are ourselves opposed to freedom.”
I must clarify my meaning in the phraseology “choosing sides.” By “sides,” I don’t mean voting “elephant” or “donkey” straight ticket every time, with hardly a thought. I know that turns people off, and rightly so. I am not talking about standing with PARTY, or voting for PERSONALITY; I am talking about recognizing and standing on PRINCIPLES…conservative principles that are time tested and historically proven…principles that protect and honor liberty and the individual. THE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH THIS GREAT NATION WAS FOUNDED, the principles for which our forefathers fought and died.
This is the very thing over which the Republican Party has been divided asunder. One camp says that in order to win elections we must discard our conservative roots and principles. The other camp contends that in order to preserve freedom, and win elections, the Party must return to and embrace fundamental conservatism. It is the latter camp’s position that the reason the Republicans are losing elections is because they are not offering a clear alternative to what the Democrats are doing. Republican elected officials have been caving on their principles and experiencing crumbling support because of it…they’ve been conceding ground to Democrats, and acting far too much like Democrats in the process. This is why so many conservatives saw John McCain as the “lesser of two evils” in the last election, rather than a good choice for president. He was not a “clear alternative;” he was far too similar to the opposition in too many ways. Of course, the lesser of two evils is better than the greater of two evils, when you’ve only got two choices…so many of us held our breath (and noses) and voted for him anyway. But still, Republicans need to be putting up better candidates, and those already in office need to be held to a higher standard…and it is up to conservatives to hold them to that standard.
Ronald Reagan summed it up best when he said:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be FOUGHT for, PROTECTED, and HANDED ON for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”