Up in Boston today it is the official celebration of Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn his fellow American citizens of the imminent battle with the British.
That 'warning' of course is in the history books. The British represented the loss of sovereignty for the American colonists. And the coming war with England represented the unique 'independence' of Americans. Or, to put it in more modern terms, many 18th century Americans were saying to the Brits, "Don’t mess with us!"
It would be a mistake – over two hundred years later – to believe that
It is now 2001 and many of the
Yes, we, the American people, are slowly but steadily surrendering our personal and local sovereignty to our state and federal governments. We are voting – and we are allowing this. And, again, around 40 percent or more of our fellow citizens do not object at all!
The result of this creeping surrender of personal and local sovereignty?
We can see it all around us. Crummy education and ill-prepared young adults, morally deficient people
Lest I sound pessimistic, I am not. Last week’s outpouring of support, love and pride for our returning EP-3 air crew showed that our nation yearns for service to a higher calling than the almighty buck. And that incident showed that, despite the social deterioration, Americans can still rally against an evil government that dares to spit on the American flag.
Is it all over for the America we love?
Have we sunk so low that we cannot return to our glory days?
Would Paul Revere make his ride today and look around and simply give up?
No, no, and no!
Despite our faults and mistakes, the United States of America is still the best system, the best country and the best chance for people to reach their God-given potential.
But it cannot and will not work if we surrender our selves and our rights – and our duties.
JFK had it right when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." That quote over the years has been translated to mean "do for your government." Thus hordes of hopeful and starry-eyed youth flocked to government service. And out of that came a Big Government liberalism that spawned LBJ's failed Great Society. We are
Today you can "do for your country" by pledging and acting once again to be a good and responsible citizen and human being.
And to do your duty as an American. That means, in the spirit of Paul Revere, to warn others about the encroachment of excessive power that weakens our sovereignty.
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