The following is a condensed version of the message I shared at our STAR Forum of Phoenix meeting March 26th:
I’ve had a fairly emotional week. Hearing on Sunday night that Obamacare passed in the house in spite of a complete lack of bipartisan participation and a strong vocal resistance from the people made me lose faith in the legislative process. It further tarnished my opinion of our president and other federal leaders who seem to have forgotten or just refuse to accept that they are our representatives and our servants. It sickens me.
As I was looking more into this I found out that the bill actually includes articles providing for the formation of Obama’s “civil army” that will be appointed by him, take their orders from him, report to him, operate on their own ranking and pay scale independent from the one established by congress for our current military. I wonder just how devious and dark President Obama’s true designs are.
I also know that to get too caught up in the negative points will become destructive to me and my goals. I have been critical of Glenn Beck at times because I felt that he got too angry and didn’t offer a plan of action to deal with all of the problems he was identifying. I don’t know how correct this assessment of mine was. Lately I have appreciated his efforts to educate people. I also appreciate something I heard him say this week.
He explained that a lot of people were surprised that he wasn’t crying and frothing at the mouth about the Obamacare vote. He said that the reason why is that he appreciated that those in our government who hate freedom and have a complete disregard for the constitution and for the people they were elected to serve have clearly identified themselves. Then he reminded us of a powerful lesson from our history.
December of 1776 was a bleak time in the colonies. General Washington and his armies had lost every battle so far in the war. They were starving and freezing. I believe that the states were not sending supplies, reinforcements, or the pay that the army needed. They were disheartened. Many soldiers were leaving and choosing to not continue on with the army. It was a dangerous time during which we could have easily lost our ability to continue fighting for our independence. It was at this time that Thomas Paine penned his famous words, “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 their 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.”
His words inspired the troops. They inspired the people. The colonies continued their fight, and eventually we were victorious over the oppressive English.
This story reminds me to never give up. We have lost battles. We have lost freedoms. We have strayed too far from the government designed by our founding fathers to protect our liberties and freedom to prosper. But the war is not yet over.
I don’t know what will happen from here. I have an idea how it ends, but I’m not certain what route will carry us from point a to point b. All I know is that I do not want to be counted among the summer soldiers. I am not a sunshine patriot! I will continue to educate myself and act on opportunities that present themselves to help others learn and act as well. I will share the message of liberty. I will support others who will stand with integrity for the constitution and the principles on which it was designed.
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…” but it will be conquered. Tyrants will fall, and Freedom will ring, and I choose to fight on her side so that I can stand tall and proud when that day comes!
I want to thank Jeffrey, Ed, Jason, Jim, and the wonderfully beautiful Ashlee for your attendance and participation. I’m especially glad for the example of Ed becoming a GOP Precinct Committeeman and for Jeffrey pointing out that more of us should follow suit. My email has been sent to our district chair to inform of my intent to become a committeeman myself.
I invite all within my “voice” to educate yourselves. Read a book about history or government. Get involved. Come to a meeting or start your own.
If you live in the Phoenix area you can find our contact information on the tab above or visit www.thestarforumphoenix.wordpress.com. We have monthly meetings scheduled for the last Friday of each month.
Finally, good job to my fellow liberty lovers in Utah for your participation in the Caucus. I’ve heard great things about your efforts and results!