If you are old enough you got a smattering of the history of our nation and learned about some of the beliefs of the founders and what they hoped to accomplish once the nation had been secured with the end of the Revolutionary War in our favor. For those of you who read this who did not learn any of this, I would ask that you take the time to discover the history of our nation and do not do this at the altar of the liberals as they have an agenda that they imbue with their views that takes away much of what needs to be understood.
Our nation was founded on the principle of freedom. The leaders of the time saw the intrusion of a monarch some 3,000 miles away as being intolerable to their way of life and way of thinking. I am not going to get in the weeds with discussions of how the crown viewed the colonies and vice versa. It does not matter. What does matter is that those people who advocated for revolution risked their lives and property as well as the lives of their family in their desire to seek independence from Great Britain.
We won the war and won the peace and then set forth to create a system of governance that would preserve the freedoms the nation had fought for. The first attempt did not succeed. The articles of confederation provided for state’s rights but left the national interests somewhat unorganized. The need for a better system led to the genius that is our Constitution and Bill or Rights. The type of government created was new to the earth. They conceived of a ‘representative republic’ with enumerated powers and 3 distinct branches of government with built in checks and balances in the desire of preventing over reach by any part of the government.
Essential to the plan and necessary to the ratification of the Constitution were the Bill or Rights. Many states would not ratify the Constitution without these protections of the citizens rights from government infringement. Much of the tumult in today’s political theater is based on the arguments over the ‘meaning’ of these specifically iterated rights.
This brings me to what I want to pose as a discussion item. For uncounted generations we felt as a nation that the rights of the citizens were protected from compromise by the founding documents of our nation. The general sense of our nation was that we were righteously Americans and proud of our heritage. When I was a child and into my young adulthood this was the prevailing sentiment. The virtues of our protections from governmental interference were unquestioned.
The eruption of the Vietnam war and the protests by the youth of America opened the door to alternate thinking as to what our nation should and should not be. You can add the civil rights movement as well as the environmental movements as having originated in this tumultuous decade of the 60’s. Many influences made themselves known in our society and the notion that the USA is not correct in the idea that we were and are justified in our own existence. Dissent and foreign influences injected alternate notions of what a citizen’s ‘rights’ are and should be. The idea of people being ‘owed’ shelter and food as well as medical care began and gradually became a larger and larger aspect of our political discussions.
At this point we need to ask ourselves can we sustain our nation as a representative republic or are we unavoidably headed into a European socialist form of government?
I tend to believe that many who are willing to compromise our rights for the ‘public good’ are already mentally living in the Northern Hemisphere’s version of France or Britain. They have already made the leap of faith to accepting that the form of government existing in those nations is more ‘legitimate’ than the one we were founded to be. To people of this mindset it is only a formality that we abrogate the second amendment completely and that we adopt socialized medicine immediately. They view those citizens of the US who disagree with their decision as being ‘reactionary’ and ‘primitive’ ‘racists’ who should be forced to accept the decision they have already made.
We are standing at a crossroads as a nation. For many of us, the idea of going full Euro-socialist society is abhorrent and a fate we are willing to confront with whatever we need to in order to prevent this from coming to pass. We see that the gradual slide that has been going on in our nation turning into a runaway train if we do not put the brakes on NOW.
In the present national scene, my greatest concern is that this process of forced ‘compromise’ continues until those aspects of our heritage and founding that represent the independent American ideal are so diluted that we cease being a free nation. Much like the analogy of the frog and the frying pan we can see what the efforts of the left have been to gradually creep their agenda into place. President Trump is the last bulwark we have at the highest level to stop the demise of our great nation. Previous republican presidents with the exception of President Ronald Reagan did little in my lifetime to stem the growth of the politically active bureaucratic class along with the growth of giveaway programs that have altered the psychology of the very people who should be fighting against the degradation of the nation.
With the adoption of various abortion rights laws along with laws regarding social issues that have no place in government we see the further deterioration of the founding principles of the nation. In many ways you could describe the aspects of these new ‘protections’ as being barbaric and still be understating the truth. The mandating of acceptance of a myriad of what are deviations from the norms of society serves to further degrade our society of free people as we all are forced to knuckle under to the socialist thumbs of the liberal left.
New laws designed to disarm ‘supposedly dangerous people’ are the newest means in which the left can seize the rights of honest citizens without due process and protection of their rights. These portend to be what might be the ‘last straw’ that may break not just the backs of the people but the peace within the nation. Increased regulations pertaining to our second amendment rights are adding fuel to an already burning bonfire within a large portion of the population.
The urban left cannot understand the notions of the rural right. They see their lives and lifestyles as being the ‘correct’ way to live in the world today. Many of these people have been fed many years of anti-American thinking by the education system and various organizations within our society. These people seem to think that the founding of this nation is in today’s time, flawed. They view the nation as founded as being an anachronism that should be replaced. This is their choice for our future.
The rural right sees freedom as the core value that is the most important issue. We point to the dysfunction of the cities and the prevalent crime as proof that the left’s ideas are not all that enlightened as they would pretend they are. We see the failures in the urban areas as being representative of the mistake that our gradual slide into socialism is causing. Our beliefs cannot allow for our not being able to protect ourselves, our family and our property. We see our self reliance as being a virtue and not anachronistic and that our unwillingness to give up our rights is a statement of our resolve to prevent the left from adopting anymore of their agenda.
We are at a crossroads. Our nation is going to either snap back to an acceptable version of what we were founded to be or, we will descend the rest of the way into Big Brother’s world of politi-speak and controlled behavior within society. The exact time when this will be sorted out is not absolute and depends on many factors and event that are as of yet, not known. In any event we should prepare to defend our beliefs. A responsible citizen can do no less.