Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Bell Tolls for Thee

My father raised my siblings and I with the belief that there is no greater cause than these three: Faith, Family, and Country, particularly the freedoms bought and paid for by the blood, sweat, and tears of patriots who gave all for it. I grew up hearing my father warn about the evils of liberalism as the mask of socialism, and vehemently argued with him over the notion that we would face the fate of the Roman Empire and every other great empire throughout history that lost the will to preserve itself. Then, on one particular night, in which I found myself unable to sleep, I found myself watching the History Channel show a program laying out the rise and the fall of the Roman Empire. I was stunned at the parallels I found, and am even more stunned today at the course of recent events that threaten the very foundations of this country, particularly the Health Care Reform debate.
Perhaps, many of you may disagree with some of my political views, or what you presume to be my political views, but this isn't about politics. It is about basic American principles and ideals. You don't have to read what I say or even participate in the process, but a free people who refuse to defend their freedoms are doomed to lose them. It is for you that the bell tolls.
Now, it wasn't just my father who warned of the events that have led us to this point. Many others have warned us along the way, and even history sounds a warning bell in our ears. Ronald Reagan, back in 1961, warned us that the simplest way to bring about socialism was through medicine, and specifically the portrayal of nationalized health care as a moral obligation. He, also, spoke of Norman Thomas six time Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party, who in 1927 stated that Americans would never adopt direct socialism but would through the path of liberalism be brought to bear every aspect of socialism in its fullness.
The liberals just like Nero of ancient Rome are watching as Rome (the American economy) burns to the ground. Rahm Emanuel chief adviser to the Obama administration in his response to the catastrophe, advises that the President do much like Nero and "not waste a good crisis." Do they really believe that the only way is to allow the entire system to collapse so that they may rebuild it in their image.
The nationalization of health care in this country is but the final bend in the road on the path toward socialism. We have nationalized the auto industry, our financial system through the banks, and now, health care is next. This will be followed by (and it has been publicly advocated by members of the administration) a Chavez style takeover of the airways, effectively silencing all opposition and ensuring that we go beyond socialism and adopt a totalitarian state.
However, though the portrayal painted is black, such is not the case. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are standing up and saying a resounding, "NO." They are demanding that the powers that be recognize that "We the People" give them power, and we take it away. Not through violence of force, but through the safeguards put in place by the founding fathers. It is through the democratic process and an enlightened electorate. Don't vote for Repubs or Dems. Vote for individuals. Vote for the guy who will defend liberty at all costs whether he be Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, White, Black, Yellow, or Purple. Stand up and be heard by your elected officials and let them know that free market solutions are the only solutions, that government is the problem, and that you vote. In the words of Ronald Reagan, "If you don’t, this program I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day, as Normal Thomas said we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

Source: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

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