There is a harsh truth that every single person on the planet must come face to face with; you are born, you live, and then you die. It is what you do in between being born and dying that makes your life count for something. But there is something else though. Each of us is born at a specific point in time in the history of their respective countries. All we know about our country is what we either experience, or are taught.
I can see why so many people in America think the way they do about the purpose of government, the nature of their rights, and all there other views on life…I really can. That doesn’t mean I agree with them, it just means I see how their thinking came about.
As I said, it is what people do in between the being born part, and the dying part that makes their life mean something. Some people seek fame and fortune, which is perfectly fine if that’s what you want, but for me there is something else of far greater importance than just being famous or wealthy; the truth.
The truth is unbiased, it takes no sides, and it can be harsh and cruel, yet it remains the truth. Most people today, at least those I come into contact with, are reluctant to seek the truth, or run from it when confronted with it. You see there is this thing called cognitive dissonance which occurs when people are confronted with facts that contradict what they have been taught to believe is the truth. Some people’s minds just can’t handle the conflict that occurs when they are presented with a truth that goes against all they have believed throughout their life. Yet, as author Aldous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” The truth will go on being the truth from now to eternity, even if you choose to disregard it.
The only way one can find the truth is to actively seek it. This means one must, above all, have an open mind. To seek the truth one must be willing to accept that what they had been told was true is in fact a lie. That being said, let me tell you a simple truth, America, unless the people drastically alter their thoughts on governance, liberty, political correctness, and a whole host of other things, will cease to exist as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I often get angry at people for the way they have prioritized things in their lives. Although most people rarely think of it in the terms I am about to express, self-preservation is usually at the top of most people’s list of priorities. To stay alive and healthy is usually at the top of most people’s lists of things that are important to them. But even then, at least as far as I’m concerned, self-preservation may be sacrificed if the cause is noble enough.
When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence he concluded it with the following words, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Think about that for a moment. You may not be rich as some of our nation’s Founding Fathers were, but you probably have a home and possessions that you have worked for. Would you be willing to give all that up for a noble cause? Would you place your life on the line for something you truly believed in? Would you be willing to see your name go into the history books as someone who died on a fool’s errand, or on the other end of the spectrum, died seeking something grand and glorious? This is what the men who signed the Declaration of Independence did, they put it all on the line for the cause that they believed in.
Unfortunately the America that exists today is a far cry from what those great men had envisioned. Over successive generations we have become less educated about how our system of government is truly supposed to function; we have become less concerned with preserving our rights and our liberty; and we have become cowardly in that we are unwilling to go against the tide and speak out in defense of the truth. Far too many Americans are content to remain ignorant, living apathetic and complacent lives as long as they have a roof over their head, a job to go to, and something to keep them entertained. It both sickens and saddens me to no end.
What upsets me even more are those who follow a belief system that could be proved wrong if they would only examine the facts regarding how our nation came into being. Those who staunchly stand behind the Democratic and Republican parties, saying that their party is the right party for America are the ones I am talking about. They argue between each other over their beliefs and political ideologies, but the moment someone stands up and brings up the limitations the Constitution imposes upon government both parties combine their efforts to squelch any discussion on…THE TRUTH, that truth being that both parties have disregarded what the Constitution says and have their own agendas that conflict with what that document says.
When you were growing up did you ever play the game Dodge Ball? I know I did, at least in school during recess. I’m sure that now it is prohibited as being unsafe, but when I was a kid we weren’t a bunch of pampered little sissies. Anyway, Dodge Ball is played by forming a circle of kids with one kid in the middle. Then a ball, or multiple balls, are given to the kids forming the circle. They then take turns throwing the ball at the person in the middle. As long as he can avoid being hit by a ball he gets to stay in the middle. However, upon being hit the person who hit him with a ball gets to go to the middle and the cycle repeats itself.
In a way I see the truth as being in a game of Dodge Ball. The truth stands in the middle of all America stands for, but there are groups that are taking aim at it to try and discredit it, disprove it, or at least silence all discussion of it.
I have found that unless I am discussing politics, American values, or even conspiracy theories, unless the person I am talking to is like minded that the moment I begin presenting facts the person I am speaking with begins hurling insults or starts calling me names. I bring up facts about how the actions of Mr. Obama are in violation of the Constitution and someone calls me a racist. I bring up facts regarding illegal immigration and people call me racist. I bring up the truth about the purpose for the Second Amendment and I’m called a radical revolutionary who wants to overthrow the government. It goes on and on and on…the truth does not stand a chance because it is confronted with emotional reactions based upon people’s inability to accept it.
Well here are some simple facts, they are recorded as being true statements made and which are contained within the documents that led to the creation of the American Republic.
This politically correct nonsense of multiculturalism is a lie. While there is nothing wrong with having pride in your native country, an American must place America above all else. American values and laws take precedence over all else.
On October 31, 1787 Federalist No. 2 was published. In it John Jay, a future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court says, “With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.”
As our countries name implies, we were the UNITED states of America. As Jay said, we were united by a common language, professed the same religion, (all being Christian sects), and we all pretty much held the same beliefs on the principles of government. Can you say the same thing about the America that exists today?
I dare you to go to any public place and just sit there and listen to people talk. I do it all the time and sometimes I feel like I am in a meeting of the general assembly of the United Nations, not the United States of America. English is no longer the common language. My God you can go into the DMV here in California and get the drivers handbook in at least 15 languages.
America was, at the time of its founding, a Christian nation. Sure the Constitution provides us with the freedom to choose the religious belief we wish as our own, but the majority of Americans at the time our nation was founded believed in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.
In his book God’s Providence in America’s History, author Steve Dawson writes that Patrick Henry, the man famous for the line “Give me liberty or give me death” also said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
In America today Christian beliefs are under attack and great effort has been put into removing all things Christian from our public discussion. Provide quotes from Scripture speaking out against almost any current practice in America and you will find yourself the victim of name calling. For example if you provide Scripture condemning homosexuality and you are labeled homophobic. Same goes for the sanctity of marriage. Yet John Adams once wrote in his diary, “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families…. How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?”
Yet we are constantly being told that we must tolerate those whose beliefs differ from ours, even when their belief states, “Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.”
That is taken directly from the Koran, anyone who does not profess Islam as their faith is to be fought until they submit to a state of subjection. Yet our First Amendment protects our right of religious freedom, it does not place ANYONE under subjection whose religion differs from those of another. Islam and the freedoms America stand for are incompatible!
It’s a Catch 22 situation, believe me I understand that. On the one hand we say we believe in religious freedom, the ability to worship as one chooses. This principle would seem to indicate that those who wish to practice Islam are afforded the same right as Christians, Buddhists, and any other religious belief. But then on the other hand what does a country do when the religious belief of one group declares that it is the ONLY religion that is accepted and that all those who do not believe shall be fought, taxed, and often killed for their refusal to convert?
If you ask me, that is where being a Republic comes into play. In a republic that law reigns supreme. Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights takes precedence over all else. You may practice your faith, but the moment your faith infringes upon the rights of anyone else you have violated the law. Religion should be a personal issue, one that helps each person as they live their life. If your beliefs help you and you wish to share them so that others may enjoy the same peace you find then that is acceptable. But when you declare that either you will convert to my belief or you will be fought, taxed, or killed, you have crossed the line and have no place in a country that believes in religious freedom.
I could go on and on with examples of how everything, from the right of the people to be armed in defense of their homes, their family and their liberty is under attack to the belief that it is governments place to take, (tax), some to provide for those less fortunate or in need. All of these things can be backed up with mountains of fact but until people are willing to open their mind to the truth everything I say will fall upon deaf ears and blind eyes.
But make no mistake about it, every belief that our Founders held is currently under attack. What it boils down to is that LIBERTY is under attack. The more you restrict the actions of this group, or that, the more liberty is lost. The more you take from one group so that others may share in the wealth, liberty is lost. The more you silence honest open discussion and replace it with name calling and insults…LIBERTY IS LOST.
This may not bother you, at least not now. You may not care that the rights of others are being violated so that you may feel safe, secure, and free from offending beliefs, but believe me the time is going to come when the same desire to restrict someone else’s liberty is going to come right back at you. As Thomas Paine so eloquently stated, “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
Paine also said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Sooner or later something you care about is going to come under attack. You had best get that through your heads now before it happens. And you have to ask yourselves a serious question as you ponder that statement, do you honestly expect those of us whose liberties you have so actively sought to restrict are going to come to your defense when something YOU care about comes under attack? On the Liberty Bell is found the inscription, taken from Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” I have been proclaiming until I am blue in the face but nobody wants to listen. So all I have to say to you is, if you want us to defend your rights, your liberty, you had better stop attacking ours. And that’s all I have to say on the matter.