With the upset win of Christine O’Donnell over Mike Castle in Delaware, the eyes of the nation will be focused upon what a very nervous establishment and the main stream media will characterize as a something of a Kamikaze strike by the TEA party. “She can’t win in November”, will continue to be the cry.
But something different is happening in this country this year, and it’s not all about the color of Barack Obama’s skin. What is happening from Las Vegas, to Bowling Green Kentucky to Harlem is nothing less than a very civil war.
We must remember the sacrifice out of which our nation was born. By the time we finally adopted the US Constitution on September 17, 1787, our founders had seen streets running with blood, cities burned to ashes and the fortunes of great men laid waste in support of an army funded by private citizens.
They knew the cost of revolution. But they also knew that from time to time, a little revolution was a good thing. So they wove into the very framework of our nation the process by which WE THE PEOPLE could have revolution in a peaceful manner.
Every two years, each and every member of the United States Congress stands for election, all at the same time. Since no bill laying a tax upon the people, and no expenditure of money can occur unless those measures originate in the House, WE THE PEOPLE hold in our hands the power to completely change our government, peacefully, at the ballot box, every 730 days.
And along with that change, in each of those years we hold the power to remove one third of the United States Senate. And with every other of those elections we can find a new commander in chief is we so choose.
This year the people of this nation are at war with complacency. We are doing battle with our old foe, “aristocracy” once again. We are fighting on our old battlegrounds against familiar enemies, those who would govern against the will of the people.
In the case of Sharon Angle, challenging Harry Reid in Nevada, there is an assault upon the castle, an attempt to remove the crown of the great offender who surrounds himself with the moneyed interests of the nation as insulation against her attacks.
In Harlem, there is a challenge against the corrupt Charlie Rangel in the name of justice.
In Kentucky, there is a full frontal assault directly in the face of a powerful former ally which challenges the leader of the GOP to take full measure of the cry of his fellow republicans to change our party back to the principles which fill Americans with pride.
And in Delaware, as the nation is subjected to propaganda, and a patriot is lead to the village square for what many say will be her quick political execution, there could be heard, if enough brave souls rode across the country and spread the word, the kind of inspiration called out by William Wallace, FREEDOM!
There are always casualties in war. But there are too often needless casualties which could be avoided if only the call to arms inspired more people to leave the comforts of their homes, recognize the sacrifices being made by others in the name of liberty and then rushed to their aid in time of need.
Can the people who America needs to win, in fact win this November? Yes they can. But only if housewives, the unemployed, overworked Moms and Dads, farmers, doctors, lawyers and every patriot in the nation joins the battle.
Can you afford to travel and devote a week, or two, or three, or four to the battle? If not, can you volunteer locally to make calls, walk to the doors of voters and encourage them to see what is at stake and then vote? Can you afford to send $10, $20, $100 to help re-arm the patriots who are fighting for your survival?
We can see the future from our front porch. But we can’t change the course of our nation sitting there in a rocker watching the battles from afar, believing only what reports come our way.
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775