01 September 2009

"When in the Course of Human Events...

it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

So begins the document that started it all: The Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers wrote this document with the hopes of breaking away from the tyranny and despotism to which they felt the English government was subjecting them. This was the then-colonists' way of telling the English government they had had enough. If the English weren't going to listen to them now, then they never would and they'd never get a say in what the people who spoke for them without representing them. "Taxation without representation." The whole cause of the American Revolution lay there in those three words.

Our forefather's fought for the rights that we have today. Many men and women, young and old, fought through difficult times, war, famine, disease, thirst to bring us those freedoms that we take so much for granted, so much so that we've allowed ourselves and our country to begin to leech those freedoms from us. We've taken all our forefathers fought for 236 years ago and since for granted so much so that we've allowed our government to no longer work for us. We've allowed our great country to become a leech, feeding off of what we work so hard for, allowing them to tell us all that we DESERVE to have, and neither fulfilling their promises nor holding them accountable for those promises which they have yet to fulfill.

Instead of letting our government work for us, it's worked against us...only seeking self-serving purposes, increasing their pay, while we work 80-plus hours a week trying to feed our families and pay our bills. Then first throwing paper at companies like AIG, GM, Bank of America, carelessly and hurriedly then condemning those CEO's for doing the same things that they've done for years and telling them how much money they can make and how much money they can spend.

Don't get me wrong, I think we should call a spade a spade, but if we do such things, we should first check for the beam in our own eye before pointing out the splinter in our brother's.

Some of us want to give up hope, and start looking elsewhere for a place to live. I, however, still have hope. I was not brought up to desert anyone in their time of need, least of all my country. Some of us would say to cut and run, to give up, because we can't enact change. That is the beauty of America, that is what our forefathers, our military men and women, have fought to preserve for the past 236 years....are we just going to bail out now, when the going gets tough?

I was not brought up to leave when things got rough. My ancestors came in horrible conditions to get to this country, to escape from their former lives for a better life here, where they were free to live their lives according to God's plan, not according to the monarch's plan. Some of my ancestors were forced onto reservations, some were forced to leave the land they worked so hard to till and plant and harvest because they refused to conform to a faith in which they did not believe, and a government to which they had no allegiance. Those ancestors found refuge in Louisiana, and, eventually, a home in the United States of America. I'm not about to leave that home simply because things are difficult and probably will get worse before they get better.

I'm tired of sitting silently, complaining about my government not working for me. The time has come to make a choice. To whom do we have allegiance, the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands, or to the same partisan politics which have acted as a diversion for the American people to slowly have our freedoms leeched from us by those same government officials who were put there by us to speak for and on behalf of us, the voters, the people of the United States of America?

The time has come to put aside our differences and come together under the common cause of freedom, a freedom that our forefathers believed in so much so that they would commit an act of treason to attain it. We must remember, that with the exception of a small number, those people in Washington don't care about us. It's time that we remind them for whom they work, who had the power to put them there, and who has the power to change that.

Big things are coming. It's our decision to make what those things will be and whether or not we will sit by and watch them pass. It's not too late to do something. All I hear is people talking. Where are those who will put into action what is being said? Where are those who will stand up and fight for American rights and freedoms? Where are those who are strong enough to say enough is enough and DO something about it? Where are those who will take a stand and not let our greedy politicians lead America to her ruin?

Where are they? They are here. We are the people. We hold the power of change. We hold the power. The government is only as powerful as we let them be. If we all come together and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, the government will be forced to listen. We are only as weak as we allow ourselves to be. The people have been asleep for far too long. It's time for us to wake up and take matters into our own hands.

Hold your Congressmen and women accountable. Ask them ONE simple question..."Do you agree to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America." If they say yes, then see if their records agree with that statement. If they refuse to answer, that in and of itself is answer enough. Don't re-elect them.

Let's make our Senators and Representatives MEAN what they say and SAY what they MEAN! Let's hold them accountable. Let's show them with whom the power lies. We are the Republic FOR the people and BY the people. Let's make that mean something again.

After all the sacrifice that went into creating and maintaining this great Republic, it seems un-American to lie back and watch while our Republic is laid to waste by the very men and women who vowed to protect and preserve her. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is not only un-American, it's weak.

Has our pride and honour disintegrated so far that we can no longer think of the collective people of the United States? Have we become bottom dwellers, with our hands out expecting others to provide for us rather than seeking to provide for and care for others? Has our failure to cooperate as a functioning society despite religion, race, sex, or ethnicity affected us so greatly that we can no longer aspire to rise above those differences? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then we have lost...we have become a despondent, vain, and selfish people who deserve to reap what we have sown.

On the other hand, if we answer "no" to those questions, then we can see that there is still hope. I am one of the eternal optimists who believe that there never is a reason to lose hope, at least, not when the people of the United States are involved. Our country has overcome so much, and we know that when times get difficult, we band together, we become stronger. Imagine how much stronger we can be if we just stop focusing on our selves for one small minute and begin to focus on something bigger: the preservation of the free world. If we allow our Republic to dissolve, our Republic, the greatest defender of the causes of liberty and freedom from tyranny and oppression. If we ourselves succumb to these forces, who will be left to stand?

Things are going to get worse, and finding GOOD people to represent us and uphold the Republic will take time and effort, but it's not impossible. It takes time and energy to SPEAK UP and voice your opinions. I think the time is now, if we are ready, willing and able to take the challenge, which as Americans, I believe we are. We never give up hope. We will show all in our path that we will NOT be silenced, either by government or fear.

Let us be examples to all: let us show that we will fight the good fight, and we will arise victors for the United State of America and the cause of freedom.

God bless America.

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