What direction will America take? Will she choose to take the easy, intellectually bankrupt path to European-style socialism, or will she stay true to her self and take the less easy but potentially more rewarding path? Will we decide that things like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are just curiosities of a bygone era, or that those documents still mean something and still ought to be followed? America is at a crossroads, it’s cliche but is no less true. Where other elections have been about tax rates, or what the defense budget should be, this election is over the very what the very purpose of government is, and what America’s role in the world should be.
If you’re voting for free education, or for lower taxes, you’ve missed the whole argument, the real question being put to the voters this year. This year you have to choose sides. The question before us is no less than that put before the Constitutional convention in May of 1787: What sort of republic will America be? We have to decide anew what sort of country we’ll have for the rest of the 21st century. People will say this is exaggeration, hyperbole. They don’t get it. They would be at a loss to explain why those men spent all that time in the hot Philadelphia summer many years ago, deliberating, discussing, arguing, deciding. They would not understand what the big deal was, how momentous that achievement was. They do not see that it is 1787 all over again, and the choice once again is: Who will rule the people of this country and how? Will Americans be the rulers or be the ruled? We need to choose wisely, and understand the far-reaching effects of our vote.
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