Thursday, December 31, 2009

Requiem and Rebirth

At last we say goodbye to 2009. Not a moment too soon.

For millions of us, this year has been overwhelming. We have seen things happen this year that we would never thought possible in the land we call home. If someone had told you two years ago that the United States federal government would, by now, have virtually nationalized the automotive, banking and insurance industries, you would have laughed in his face. Even Ayn Rand would have been hard pressed to invent scenarios to compete with the reality of 2009 in America. It has been a fierce onslaught of the unthinkable...each new heresy tumbling into the mix before the last has been fully absorbed. So many of us have spent the year reeling - bouncing from one disaster to the next, in full defensive mode, with little time, or energy, left for introspection. React, react, react! Must stop them! Don't bother me with details - just stop it, whatever it is! NOOO!!!

Now, as the rush and bustle of the holidays pass, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new year, a new decade, a new beginning. I have always believed the "next right thing" happens. Whether because of God, or fate, or luck, or the vibrations of the Universe, everything happens for a reason - though sometimes it's nearly impossible to imagine what that reason could possibly be, or how it could possibly be positive. Such is the situation in which we find ourselves tonight. What good could possibly come of the events of the past year?

For far too long, most of us have drifted through our days with little thought of the freedoms we, alone in the world, enjoy. We have been apathetic, more interested in movie stars than Constitutional rights. For decades, we have allowed the federal government to grow ever more bloated, infringing on ever more of our liberties, without so much as a whimper. Inch by inch, they were reeling us in, putting us under ever more bureaucratic control, and we paid little or no attention. We bore little resemblance to the great men and women of courage and character who built the framework of this great land. We were not worthy of the sacrifices so many have made on our behalf.

This year, all that began to change.

For the first time in my life, the people of this country are beginning to act, think and feel like true Americans. We have come out of our houses, into the streets, coming together as countrymen again, as part of something much larger than ourselves and our immediate families. We have begun to form networks, alliances, to plan for the future, to understand that we have a duty to take an active role in the preservation of our nation - a fact we had forgotten somewhere along the way. Faced with extreme adversity, strength is overcoming fear and Americans everywhere are standing up and speaking out. We know the battle will be long and hard, and that there is no turning back...the peaceful days of blissful ignorance are gone forever. It was our dereliction that brought us to this place, it will be our honor which will take us back. Like the founders, we fully understand that our liberties are worth any sacrifice and our cause is just.

Beware, Washington! Millions of sparks across this great land are beginning to merge and grow - soon the entire country will be engulfed in a wildfire the scope of which has never been seen. No more politics as usual. We will not be silenced, whether by bribery or intimidation, and we will not be worn down. We will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to put the federal government back in its place. Pat Caddell said it beautifully: "I have a message for the people in Washington, in both parties. The American people are coming, and they're coming for you."

This is a moment in history that has long been needed. Take a deep breath, my wonderful, freedom loving, patriotic friends. There will be little time for rest on the road to Judgment Day this November.
"No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny." ~Hannah Arendt

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