Sunday, October 11, 2009

You're In the Army Now.

Maybe you’ve already served, and thought you were done. You’re not.

Or maybe, like me, you were caught up in traveling life’s highway and took America for granted, believing that the United States was the greatest country in the world and always would be - with or without our help. America didn't need us to do any fighting...

Well, guess what? We’ve been conscripted.

Think about how your personal world – and your country – has been flipped on its head in the last eighteen months or so, starting around the time you realized that Barack Obama could indeed become the Democratic nominee, and hence, might very well assume the helm of the ship of state - the most powerful state in the history of mankind. I suspect that the term for what you felt is “icy shivers.”

It was the stuff of political potboilers: "Our government falls under the control of nefarious characters - bent upon the destruction of the Constitution and the moral tenets that made us great..." This might be the subject of a “gripping” Cold War-era novel, but any such plot rooted in these constructs was purely fictional and always would be. That's what we believed, anyway.

So we slumbered. And worked. And raised kids. And shook our heads in wonderment as one-by-one, the institutions, morals and values with which we were raised became corrupted and politically incorrect.

“My, my, are they allowed to say that on television? Are they allowed to show that in a movie? I can’t say what without offending anyone? Am I really a racist, a xenophobe, a homophobe, unenlightened, misogynistic, uncaring, selfish and condescending? I hadn’t realized…”

While we slept, they crept. While we were engaged in out-of-hand dismissals of their attacks on the innate goodness of our country and political system, or watching the “counterculture revolution” happen from afar with bemused smiles, they worked insidiously and studiously to change our world. We accommodated them by staying busy with just plain making a living, and naively handed over our most precious legacy – our children – to their influence and instruction.

So now we find ourselves under the control of statists, socialists, a few communists, some failed 60’s revolutionaries, radical academics, revisionists, race-baiters and entitlement agitators. And that’s just in the White House.

Congress is really bad, because to all those characters listed above you must add another group: cowards. Lord knows there are plenty of those on Capitol Hill.

At the head of this motley collection sits a man with no qualifications for the job he holds – actually, he wasn’t even qualified for his previous job, and only barely so for the one before that, which was, as Mark Levin calls it, as a back-bencher in the State Senate of Illinois.

He came to office with no accomplishments other than a solid radical upbringing, nurtured by mentors and friends for whom the destruction of the United States was a consummation devoutly to be wished. And devoutly is the way he is following the script.

The time-honored premise that the government which governs least governs best has been shredded in less than a full year. In choosing to believe that human self-interest is greed, our President feels justified in subjecting such self-interest to a test: does it benefit the greater good? That such a philosophy will inevitably lead to a diminishment of personal freedoms and a country ruled by political elites does not concern him. Indeed, it is the goal.

These radicals, who have hijacked the Democratic Party, have already started to put in place the mechanisms by which they will perpetuate their power, including slowly but surely dismantling the guarantees of liberty Americans have taken for granted for more than 200 years. To get their way they will legislate if they can, but if they cannot they will regulate, tax, harass, restrict and intimidate.

They will expand the single, ever-growing constituency that will insure their elections in perpetuity: the entitlement class; the slaves that are beholding to the federal government for their food and shelter, insuring a permanent underclass that will go to the polls as instructed and vote for he or she who will provide their next meal.

Worse still, they will defend their actions by couching them in moral terms. C.S. Lewis said:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
To get their way they will spin the judiciary, ignore the Constitution, and make great use of the mainstream media to convince the people that their goals are lofty, enlightened and necessary.

They will demonize the right and try to control or silence its voices.

They will engage in census shenanigans – in full view of the American public – to re-shape electoral boundaries in a way that will ensure their party’s continued electoral dominance.

They will hammer away at the second amendment and completely bury the tenth.

They will try to create a two-party system in name only, with the Republicans merely providing a convenient cover for their one-party rule.

They will continue to use our own freedoms against us. Inherent in a democracy is the right to dissent, and within that right fulminates the cancer that gave rise to current Administration. Indeed, the free Americans they wish to subjugate are, in many cases, actually trumpeting the rights of the destroyers to do so.

We have met and defeated foreign enemies, and American blood has been spilled for the cause of liberty since the birth of our nation – but we now fight an enemy of a different stripe, an enemy within, and our military cannot help us now. Shouldering the burden of this battle is a task that falls to the citizens.

That would be you. And me. And while this war will not be fought with guns, or by force of arms, it will nevertheless be long, exhausting and brutal.

The challenge we face is real, and it is immediate. The 13th Congressional District of New York is currently represented by a Democrat, a good man but a man who will, when the chips are down, vote with his party on a preponderance of issues. I will not besmirch Congressman McMahon by accusing him of casting his votes for political expediency; I will trust that he has told us the truth when he said his votes are guided by his moral compass.

But his compass and mine point in different directions far too often for me to be comfortable with his continued representation. We are obligated, unless the Congressman does a philosophical about-face, to work against his re-election.

We have laid the groundwork. We have held the Tea Parties, marched on Washington, read the blogs, and watched our numbers grow. That was the easy part; the hard part is yet to come – translating our beliefs into concrete actions, actions that will make a real difference.

Be prepared.

7 comments:

judyann said...

This is one of the best pieces I have read, period. I thank the author for expressing what is in our minds and hearts but the last comment is vital, "be prepared." Now that we, the here-to-fore "silent majority" aka "sleeping giant" have been awakened, time to roll up our sleeves and be ready to work. As said, while we have been busy with the business of our lives, our government has been hijacked and before it is flown into a skyscraper, it is our perilous duty and with the grace of God to take it back. There is no recourse because should we fail, our country will be lost forever. This can not happen.

bobystyles said...

We need the majority come election time, where the difference has actions to back it up .... taxpayer.ny.gov and The Authority Budget Office are worth looking into and writing to - chances are they are established to unswell the groundswell. Make them aware we are not sheep being led to the slaughter.

Many organizations share their bed with the government and the State -

Virginia said...

And work against Congressman McMahon's re-election we will. Wholeheartedly.

I, too, will vote my conscience.

Bobbyzsi said...

Great post Frank. Luckily our constitution has not been irreperably harmed. There have been no meaningful leftist amendments to it. The left operates to bastardize the constution, because they know they cannot change it. it is against the will of the people. But you are right, we cannot be lethargic, we cannot rest easy knowing it has not been changed ands therefore provides us blanket protection, because the next step will be to change it forever. As long as it's unchanged, we can still win, but the time is now. To see just how grave this situation is, just look at what Jefferson said 2 centuries ago.

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure."

Kris said...

Best comment I heard on a radio talk show today.
"When I came to America, I was warned how the religious conservatives are always trying to get in our bedrooms." What they did not tell me was that, "The environmental liberals want to be in every other room of my house!"

Both comments are right and must be permanently corrected. "No one belongs in our homes except those who are invited in."

Andy said...

I am an old retired Army Special Forces Oficer. Our motto in Special Forces is "De Oppresso Liber". (Meaning Liberate the Oppressed) I have been all over the world in the last 40 plus years doing just that to the best of my ability. I never in my wildest dreams thought that motto would become applicable to my own countrymen!

Frank S. said...

Beautifully said, Andy. Thank you for your service: past, present and to come.

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