We have heard many stories about bravery in battle, and those who have protected others during disasters, we applaud the heroes and their achievements – and then check Facebook? What will it take for us today to recognize how threatened is what we believe America stands for, and what are we willing to do about it?
Worse than the fluctuations of the worldwide economy is the undermining of what America stands for, the gradual slipping away from everything we have fought to uphold in the Constitution that defines it. This change has been intentional, each foray made in the name of “progress”, but it has led us into dangerous waters. Do we have the courage to stop and reset our bearings?
In the eyes of the world, America is a beacon of light, and they look to the U.S. for hope, freedom, and justice. As a country, although we are not perfect, we represent what is good. Yet the current administration makes choices that suggest we should be like Europe: that what America wants is government-provided health care, unemployment for life, and elitists above the law – elite families who maintain leadership because of family and connections, with the least amount of opportunity for success for the common man.
Meanwhile, European countries feel that they should be more like what they believe America is. They have had enough of excessive social programs and unaccountability in government, and want the freedom that the U.S. used to have: freedom of choice, career, to choose your own destiny. The freedom to succeed or fail. The rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – rights that in America are protected by the Constitution.
However, you do not have a right for tomorrow – that is not guaranteed. So you need to act today.
You cannot lead when you are following. The current administration is mistaken in assuming that we want to follow Europe. It is not learning from the weaknesses of these countries in Europe that they envy the most – which are the same countries that obviously depend on the U.S. to be the beacon of freedom and leadership in the world. If the U.S. is perceived as being weak and indecisive, the world responds with challengers – challengers that see an opportunity when a beacon of hope and freedom is perceived as being weak.
The world wants a strong America. The world wants an America they can depend on – in times of progress and in the desperate times of crisis. Yet in recent times, as we have seen increasing challenges around the world, we have also seen our elected representatives and leaders more and more frequently apologizing instead of leading. And instead of finding the causes of those errors that lead to apologies and correcting them, our leaders appear to be looking for more liabilities. Could we assume they are more concerned about their legacy than they are about your well-being and that of the Constitution, the country, and the world?
What will it take to correct our course, and are we willing to take the risks involved to do it? This is not something that can be done in the commercial break between television programs. The American people are not too stupid to understand the problems we are confronted with, and we don’t need the government to adjust the information. We have shown in the past that we, the people, do know how it is, and we need to know how it really is so we can get behind it and fix it. Get involved – in person, online, or talking with your neighbors. It will require our commitment and tenacity. And with it, conservative leadership can correct our direction, support our Constitution, and help us regain a position of strength and dependability – for ourselves and for the world.
What we need is to believe that we truly are the beacon of light in the world. Everybody needs hope, everybody needs a belief that if something goes terribly wrong, that there is somebody out there strong enough to help, and willing to help. Now it is time to correct our course.
Be About It.