Our nation, for over two hundred years, has been a beacon of hope and liberty for all the world to see and marvel at. Anyone could come to America and experience liberty. We have been free to worship as we choose. We have been free to live our lives in the way that we see fit. Our civil society has existed to serve as an example of how men might govern themselves. That is who we have been. That is our legacy. Today, however, the beacon dims.
It’s evening in America.
We have failed to tend to the fire of liberty that once burned in each and every American. We, as a people, have bought into a lie. We were promised “hope,” but today are we a hopeful people? Do we have a sense of optimism about the future of our Great Republic? Can we look at the state of our Union and shout a collective “Huzzah!” in celebration of what we have achieved in the last few years?
Today, our national unemployment sits firmly over nine percent. 46.2 million Americans now live in poverty. In August of this year, zero jobs were created. When our leaders go abroad to give advice on economics, the world laughs at us. Islamofascist regimes hold American citizens in prison for years, and the American President does nothing.
It’s night time in America.
Our cities are being “occupied” by communists, anarchists, Nazis, Islamists and misguided, uninformed youth. Those misguided children have bought into the ideology of entitlement and redistribution. They have believed the lie that says that capitalism and our Republican form of government are “worse than Al-Qaeda.” They stand, hand in hand, with those whose greatest desire is to see America self destruct. They gleefully revel in debauchery and lawlessness, while claiming to represent the interests of 99% of American citizens.
It’s midnight in America.
Our Republic is in trouble. We have been blind. We have squandered the precious gift of liberty bequeathed to us by our Founders. We have allowed our President to rule us through fiat. He and the thugs and cronies that he has placed in our government continually thumb their noses at the rule of law. Our Constitution, a document created to ensure liberty and limited government, has been intentionally violated by this administration. Our system of federalism, which is the sovereignty of the individual States, had been almost completely ignored by the two Houses of Congress and the President. The will of the body politic has not just been disregarded, but maliciously maligned. All of these things are true and all of these things are immensely disheartening.
We must not become discouraged! Just as dawn always follows night, so, too, will a greater day for America follow this sad chapter in our Nation’s history provided that We the People, have the courage to make it happen. Our hope does not rest in a single individual; rather, it rests in the wisdom and ideals of liberty as set down in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Our greatness does not come from massive legislation or entitlement programs; our greatness comes from our goodness.
We must take heart. We must be courageous. We must steel ourselves for the coming fight. We must remember what America has meant and continues to mean, not just to us, but to the world.
As we move ever closer to November 6, 2012, and our opportunity to save our Great Republic, let us remember the words of President Ronald Reagan speaking about our Shining City: “After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.”