These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
Words of one of our founders…
We are again faced with trying times. The threats we face are not so immediate as Thomas Paine and the rest of Washington’s forces at Valley Forge. Instead today’s threat is the long slow crisis of a cancer eating away at the very soul of our nation.
The United States of America was not founded by a specific race or ethnicity. Our nation was founded by people of all ethnic groups who were drawn by opportunity and a set of ideals; freedom, self-determination and equality. To prevent the government from infringing on those ideals the Constitution was written and adopted to limit the power of the government and protect our rights.
We have not always lived up to those ideals. In fact, the founding fathers fell short from the beginning by failing to recognize the rights and equality of women, slaves and Native Americans. Pursuit of those ideals ensured that those failures were corrected…over time. Our founding fathers paid the price for these ideals with blood. Those who came after them to drive us closer to those ideal also paid in blood. Twenty first century Americans no long seem willing to pay much of a price for these ideals.
Freedom is traded for security from all sorts of threats, both real and imagined. NSA snooping and prying is accepted to prevent terrorism. We allow ourselves, our spouses and even our children to be groped for the same reason. Our right to decide on how our children should be educated, whether to drill our own water well, the gas mileage our cars get, the safety equipment we are required to have or wear, even the choice to drink raw milk is regulated. All controlled in the name of safety, “for our own good.”
Our ability and right to determine our own future is increasingly regulated. We use tax programs to “redistribute” wealth. mostly this “redistribution” seems to work to prevent everyday folks from rising too high and to ensure votes from a captive and dependent class. The growing regulation of businesses, licensing fees and requirements stifle the entrepreneur from building their own dreams and encroaching on the territory of the classes above.
Equality is a topic we hear a lot about these days, but more and more it is not about giving everyone an equal chance to succeed (or fail) on their own merits and drive. Instead, the very idea of equality has been subverted into a tool to ensure obedience to a cultural agenda. The irony of using the ideal of equality to make some “more equal” than others is lost on us…
The tyranny that threatens us today is very different than the tyranny our founding father’s faced. The mailed fist is wrapped in a soft veil of “social justice,” charity and safety. The veil wraps those who would stand for freedom and the ideals of this nation in the stigma of racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, intolerance and heartlessness. This soft veil ensures most are compliant but the mailed fist still stands ready to crush any real opposition.
So, what do we do? How do we fight this tyranny?