Democrats and the liberal media have pushed this false notion of the Republican party being a party of racists and bigots. It’s the Democrats that actually have a dark history, and unlike what they’d have you believe, they haven’t changed that much in the last century. Hillary’s America shows how the Clintons fit into this corrupt continuum. Don’t worry about the critics, go see this movie– you’ll learn a lot.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” the Declaration of Independence
140 years ago today, America declared its independence from Great Britain. A few years later, after tremendous sacrifice, we won that independence and gained a great amount of freedom. Today, we still have that independence, but sadly very little of that freedom. Over two centuries, but mostly in the fifty or so years, we have either traded away or sold our freedoms in the name of security and comfort. Even as we would not consciously give up our liberty, our government has found subtle ways to take it. It takes it in the form of a huge, unwieldy bureaucracy, unelected and accountable to virtually no one.
The Founding Fathers started this quest for freedom and it is one we have inherited. Freedom did not just happen to them, they had to take it. It will not just continue to happen for us, to keep it we will have to join that long line of patriots that began with Washington, Franklin, Adams, and the rest. To the extent we fight to keep ourselves free, we find ourselves in their distinguished company. The put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor on the line. Most of us are called upon merely to keep ourselves educated, remain vigilant, and vote. Maybe because it’s so much easier for us, we assume everyone or someone else will do it for us. Staying free will require our participation as individuals and collectively.
Those liberties that were hard-won by others are too easily lost by us. We should with that fact in mind, repurpose the fourth of July. Independence Day needs to be a day not just to celebrate our independence, but one that reminds us to recommit ourselves to those freedoms that this country gained by the Revolution, and all those won since. Maintaining these liberties is a constant struggle, and that sacred struggle is one that all Americans ought to take part in. We can do it in different ways, by activism, voting, sometimes just by letting those in power know we’re watching and paying attention. When you celebrate America’s independence, remember why it was in the first place that 140 years ago it was so important that so many risked so much for it. Remember and resolve to keep those American ideals alive in your thoughts and deeds for another year.
Once again we are faced with a tragedy born of hate perpetrated by an Islamic extremist terrorist. Many have said that since the shooting early Sunday morning took place at a gay club it was a hate crime. It was, but then every single act committed in the name of ISIS and their like is a hate crime, be it against gays, Christians, Jews, heavy metal fans, or soccer fans, or anybody else not exactly like them. The fact that the terrorist’s targets were gay in this instance is irrelevant in the big picture. This particular murderer just picked the group he hated the most to massacre, as if picking from some twisted, macabre menu.
It is not who he decided to massacre that should disturb or enrage us, it is that there is an entire self-proclaimed nation of extremists out there that has convinced themselves and their followers that the value of human life is negotiable, worth much in the case of some, worth nothing at all in the case of others, many others. Like the NAZI’s before them, they revel in having enemies that all their woes can be blamed on. Scapegoats to blame for their failures and those of their bankrupt ideology. They lie to themselves that their deeds serve a higher purpose. They dehumanize others in order to kill them without remorse. What eventually ended the NAZI’s reign of terror against the weak and the defenseless was a sustained and coordinated effort by the strong– not to reach an accommodation or accord with them, but to destroy them in detail on every battlefront. What’s more, we and others who shared the means to do so made an irreversible decision to defeat the enemy and never give anything less than our utmost to do so.
We have heard a lot of strong talk after Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino, and the rest. Each time we resolved not to be cowed or give in to terror. We vowed to take the fight to the enemy, attack them with every means at our disposal. Indeed, we have taken action, we’ve killed them, captured them, taken away their money. We’ve done so for years, but for all of those things we’ve done, there is still one thing that remains to do before we can end the terror. We have to make that same public, non-negotiable, irrevocable pact with ourselves and our allies to win this war as we did the one three-quarters of a century ago against a similar foe.
With the military victory, we must strive for the moral victory. We have to win this fight staying true to our values. We have to do it while preserving the rights to free speech, religion and peaceful assembly, the right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects, the right to bear arms. We have to respect and morn all who have been lost in this struggle, be they gay, straight, Christian, Jew, cop, soldier, or innocent bystander. We have to understand what our enemy does not– that every human life is sacred, not just those we approve of, or those we can relate to, but all lives. The reason is simple, because all of what we call civilization is hateful to them and thus a potential target for their militant extremism. Every act of terror by definition is a hate crime, it’s not them victims that determines this, it is the terrorist.
America was founded as a constitutional republic, with the core values of personal liberty, limited government, and citizen rule. The social-political movement concerned with maintaining those principals is Conservatism. We find ourselves at a time where it seems we are moving away from those principles. Soon, if we do not reverse our course, we will have moved so far from those values America will no longer be the same country. Racking up tremendous debt in the name of an ever-expanding entitlement state will eventually lead to economic ruin, as it has in parts of Europe. Our military has been systematically weakened to pay for those programs. Conservatism then, requires a strong national defense, lest we find ourselves at the mercy of forces alien to our shores. Our culture, what we consider “American” is one of the freest, most naturally generous, and tolerant in all the world. Preserving it then, is well worth the effort and sacrifice.
The whole idea of America is to be free of an overbearing, ever-present government. To be sure, some government is necessary, it needs to keep us safe, maintain law and order, allow for commerce, and insure the individual rights of its citizens. We have chosen to create a safety net for those who have contributed to our society, and those who cannot fend for themselves. The tendency now has to expand and offer subsides to those who are members of special interest groups at the expense of the more productive for control over those who accept it. Freedom though has a price, and any trade for it is not easily reversed. Conservatives see that eventually the bill comes due, as is has in parts of Europe. Allowing citizens who work the hardest, have the best ideas, and doggedly pursue their dreams to keep as much of the fruits of their labors as is possible creates opportunity to do more.
The freedom to choose one’s own path free from outside forces is not just an American virtue at the individual level, it is also a virtue in a free nation. If exposed to a threat from outside or from within, a country wishing to remain free most sometimes fight for that freedom. It is a matter of history that weakness is provocative. Russia and China, among others, actively seek out ways to take advantage of the militarily or economically weak. Opportunism is also the way for non-nation actors and is expressed as terrorism. Conservatism insists upon a level of military might that allows us not just to defend ourselves, but contributes the mutual support of us and our allies.
America is a country of immigrants. The promise of greater freedom and liberty has always served as a beacon to people abroad. Persons with the fortitude and courage enough to leave their native lands for the chance to make a better life and who choose to adopt our culture in exchange, usually make America the better for it. If they come but choose not to make that social compact, they create a divide between themselves and other Americans that ultimately serves neither side. The strength of any nation comes from unity of values and purpose among its citizens. American citizenship should not be offered cheaply, it should coveted enough that those seeking it are willing to earn it.
Our country is unique in the history of the world for its founding. It was created in the name of freedom and liberty. Those things were hard one, and bestowed upon most of us by those who gave their blood and treasure to have and keep it. The value of liberty and the pursuit of it by successive generations has made us strong. It is the equality of opportunity, not the equality of outcome that makes us great as a nation. Our strength and willingness to use it has served us well when used judiciously. When used carelessly, or not at all, we have suffered. When we are secure within our borders, and our trading partners can feel secure in theirs, prosperity is allowed to grow. Some are of the mistaken belief that prosperity causes freedom, but conservatives know true freedom and prosperity are dependent upon each other. Our founding fathers knew this, but when we lose sight of this truth and deviate from this delicate formula, America and the rest of the world suffers. Conservatism is the belief that our founding principles when held and applied, keep America strong and her people free.