Raised in a small, upstate NY town, I attended a private college in Florida before starting a career in IT. I served with great pride in the United States Navy where I was very honored to be tested, selected, and initiated as a Chief Petty Officer. I’ve been happily living in the south for nearly three decades, raised two children, and like any other honest follower of Christ, I still struggle with following the path laid out before me instead of the path I’d choose for myself. I am of the opinion that the last great President this country had was Ronald Reagan, and that our choices have been worse every four years since then.
Having watched the country I love with every fiber of my being torn to shreds by those with no respect or love for the Constitution, and disdain for the freedoms our ancestors risked everything for, I’m pushed to a place where I cannot remain silent. Even if this plea reaches only one person, one will have been reached. The patriots who revolted against the corruption of British colonial rule wrote pamphlets and bellowed at meetings. We, the disorganized and dispersed patriots of our generation, are blessed with a medium that has the potential to reach the world.
The United States of America is dead. We can give up and accept slavery to the lawless powers that have occupied the government, or we can fight back. Giving up means our children and grandchildren will not know freedom, will not know prosperity, will not know the pride that once came with being American. They will be consigned to a rotting nation in constant decline, no different than the former Soviet Union or Cuba. Ruled by apparatchiks who are above the law, fed a diet of propaganda, amoral, listless, hopeless. A bloody revolution with an uncertain outcome just waiting to happen.
Fighting back means speaking out – loudly if need be. It means taking risks. It means you must fight for that which is larger than yourself.
“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 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.”
– Thomas Payne, “The American Crisis”