Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Where Were You, When...

Where were you on March 23, 2010, at 11:56AM EST?

Will this date join those others, such as: 12/07/1941, 11/22/1963, 07/20/1969, 09/11/2001.

Is this date one that will also qualify as "Shock and Awe"? Well, to me, a little shock but no awe. This date, I believe, will represent the day that America took a giant step further into socialism. This is the date President Obama signed his much sought after healthcare bill into law. Speaker Pelosi stated, "This legislation gives the opportunity to have happiness." That utterance demonstrates the complete opposite view of almost everything involved in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, from what I believe.

My memory is a little fuzzy as to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I still remember the day President Kennedy was shot in Dallas. I was in 8th grade at Show Low Elementary School. During the lunch break I saw my teacher, Mrs. Frost, listening to a transistor radio and went to find out what she was doing. She told me that President Kennedy had just been shot. Within a short time, school was cancelled for the rest of the day.

When Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the surface of the moon, I was watching it on TV. He commented, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The day the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, I remember very well. I was at my office, beginning the work day. My wife called and told me that a plane had flown into one of the twin towers. It seemed that this was a big deal and I went back home to see, for myself, on TV, what it was all about. I sat there watching events unfold, in a state of shock.

Now, today, we have another defining moment in American history. One giant leap for Leftists, one enormous setback for liberty.

Today just happens to be the anniversary of a fairly famous event that is a stark contrast to the news of the day. It was on March 23, 1775, that Patrick Henry made a speech to the Virginia Convention. One portion of his talk became famous, "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!"

Our government has become more repressive to We the People, than the British were to the thirteen Colonies. Washington taxes us more and micro-manages our lives much more than the King ever considered doing in the 1770's. Yet, as England imposed taxes, restrictions and regulations on the colonists; they rose up, went to war and gained their freedom from such a government.

Liberty, to them, was worth more than life itself. This was not just a rumper sticker on the back of a horse or a talking point. They pledged their fortunes, their lives and their sacred honor to each other and the cause of freedom. To many, it required the sacrifice of all they had. That blood laid the foundation America was built upon.

Will Americans reach a Patrick Henry tipping point? Will we get to a date in time when we will not take one more thing? Will we ever, actually fight for our own freedom? Or, will we complain, get frustrated, demonstrate, send emails, make phone calls, write letters, hold signs; over and over again as we watch one piece of freedom, after another, be ripped from the body of Lady Liberty; never quite reaching the point of being ready and willing to fight? How much will we take?

I believe the socialists believe we will take all they have to offer, if it is taken one piece at a time. They will cut away at our freedoms until our "rights" no longer resemble the Constitution or Bill of Rights, at all.

We have sent soldiers to fight on foreign soil to help gain freedom for others. This freedom from dictators, communists, fascists, socialists has been something we deemed worth fighting for when it was for others. What about our children and theirs? Will we ever, as a nation, rise up to take our country back and restore the rule of law, the Constitution and limited central government?

Before we ever got to where we are right now; Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Henry, Franklin, and the rest of the great statesmen and warriors would have taken up arms.

Where we are right now is not just the result of the signing ceremony this morning. That event was a major setback for liberty, but it is just one in a long string of loses. The Left has been at war with freedom-loving Americans and the Constitution for a long time.

On July 7, 1775, John Adams wrote to his wife, "Your description of the distresses of the worthy inhabitants of Boston, and the other seaport towns, is enough to melt a heart of stone. Our consolation must be this, my dear, that cities may be rebuilt, and a people reduced to poverty, may acquire fresh property. But a constitution of government, once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the people once surrender their share in the legislature, and their right of defending the limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every encroachment upon them, they can never regain it."

"...they can never regain it." "...is lost forever."

Are we already too far? Was today the day that put us past the point of restoration? Or do we still have a chance, a last breath of hope, to save America from being destroyed from within?

I believe we are on the verge of being too late, but the great USA is not dead, yet. There is much talk over the past couple days of "repeal". The election this November is critical. If the democrats are not removed from majority power, this next vote, it will probably be too late two years from then. It is also of necessity that the socialists running our country are stopped from passing any more of their damaging agenda prior to their departure from Washington.

The road we face is steep, sharp, and full of obstacles; but it is not impossible for a determined citizenry. There is no room for error or time to spare. There are no breaks or time-outs. Our enemy, and yes, they are our enemy in every sense of the word, is not letting up; in fact, after today, they feel emboldened. They are going to be pushing everything else they want prior to November.

They MUST be stopped!

Remember, they were at war with us but we were not at war with them. That has to change! We are already in a fight for our very freedom and the life of our nation. We must treat it as such.

1 comment:

  1. Incredible post, dad. I knew I could count on you to sum it up appropriately. How ironic that the "give me liberty or give me death" speech was on the same day in history? The letter to his wife, also, gave me chills. It does seem irreversible.
    Still, we know that God is sovereign and He ordained all of this for SOME reason. Rest in that. If all this was occurring outside his power, I'd be terrified.