“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
~Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791
By Alden L. Benton
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln spoke these now famous words as he dedicated the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure….we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863
That “great civil war” ended, but we are now engaged in another civil war. This war is not between states, but between those who want to live free and those who would enslave them.
This war is between conservatives and statists.
Conservatives, simply stated, believe in the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the limited government established by the United States Constitution. This assures our personal liberty and prosperity. It is the foundation of ordered liberty. It is a system that allows us, as individuals, the right to live, work, speak, and worship as we choose without interference from any power below God.
The statists are the polar opposite. They deny God and the rights of man. They have anointed themselves as our keepers, and as our betters. They do not seek liberty, they seek control. They dream of a Utopia where everyone is equal, but are ruled by a sovereign, a sovereign group, or a mastermind. They seek to “improve” mankind by controlling us. They strive to make everyone equal. However, the only way we can become equal is to become equally poor, so they control, regulate, and destroy until people become helpless and dependent upon them.
This schism is best illustrated through three quotes: The first from the Declaration of Independence, and the second two from Karl Marx.
“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.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
~United States Declaration of Independence, 1776
“For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.” ~Karl Marx
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” ~Karl Marx
This is why this year’s election is critical. The statists, whether they call themselves liberals, progressives, or Democrats, have been in power for 100 years. Because of their failed and corrupt policies, we are burdened with massive debt, ever-increasing taxes, ever-expanding government, and diminishing personal freedom.
The current president, and his cadre of cronies, crooks, and communists, is hell-bent on destroying the America we know. It is time we reverse America’s decline and throw all of the bums out.
America cannot move forward as long as the statists are in the driver’s seat. They regulate, spend, and spend some more while they divide us through the façade of class warfare, whether it is by race, economics, or education. In the name of economic, social, or environmental “justice,” they seek to force equal outcomes/results while destroying equal opportunity. We cannot survive any more of their lies, falsifications, fabrications, revisionism, and arrogance.
In this election, from the local school boards and state legislatures, to Congress and the president, we must rid ourselves of their influence and relegate them, and their treasonous disregard for the founding principles, to history’s compost heap to rot into something more useful — manure. That is environmental justice.
We must ask ourselves two monumentally important questions. Our future, the future of our children and grandchildren, and the future of America rests upon our answers, and our actions.
Which side are you on in this, our second civil war? Do you want to live in a society governed by the principles of the Declaration of Independence or one governed by those of Marx?
The answers are as clear as they were 150 years ago: freedom or slavery.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
~Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States
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