The Choice, revisited: our Republic on the precipice
“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? -- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! -- All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
address before the Young Men's Lyceum
of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838.
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“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic, if you can keep it.”
--Attributed to Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787,
when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation;
in the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention.
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It's been a long four years, hasn't it?
I've never experienced writer's block as I have in preparing this essay. Some of you are thinking that I'm crazy; that this essay, outlining my thoughts and ideas about tomorrow's election, should come out of me without effort. You'd be wrong. I have much to say and very little inclination to say it. I'm tired of repeating myself to mindless drones who do not care to listen to facts and common sense. I've said it all before, and my co-writers and co-contributors have all said it before as well, more eloquently than I.
But I was compelled to write this because tomorrow is the day of reckoning, the day we've been waiting for since January 20, 2009. Tomorrow America decides whether it wants to walk in the light of liberty or whether it continues the relentless four-year path to tyranny and socialism. Or, as the other side calls it, “forward.”
In the two years since I wrote "The Choice," where I made my pitch for electing conservatives in the mid-term election, things have gotten worse. And, remarkably, also better. Worse in the sense that the left has doubled-down on every bad policy and idea -- and have lied to the American people over and over again. The mendacity, disinformation, and sophistry I have witnessed from the left and Democrats over the last two years has been breathtaking. The left is content to speak in platitudes and slogans and roundly ignore the dangers facing our country. Domestic and foreign.
But also better. A large percentage of the American People -- WE THE PEOPLE -- have finally awakened. That public, that in 2008 ingested the Kool-Aid in big, sloppy gulps, have experienced an epiphany about who Obama is and what his party wants for us. And they've realized that it's not pretty. Obamacare, one of the most pernicious and destructive pieces of legislation ever passed by a United States Congress, is singularly unpopular. Majorities are opposed to it and have been opposed to it since its debate and ultimate passage, against the will of the American people. This one piece of legislation, upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28 of this year in a tortured and nonsensical decision, has mobilized a great many citizens to roundly reject the agendas of the left. They have finally awakened to the unassailable fact that Democrats want more and more control over our lives, not less. They have awakened to the fact the Democrats don't care one whit about the taxpayers who fund these programs. Why would they? A small majority of American taxpayers fund the programs for the rest. With 47% of the population receiving government benefits without paying taxes the Dems feel safe that they have bought the votes necessary to continue their path "forward." What that path is, however, is economic Armageddon.
Our economic system is on the verge of collapse. Entitlement spending has exploded, promises made to Americans about their retirement -- which was never the intent of Social Security -- and promises made about Medicare can no longer be kept. The unfunded liability of the United States of America for entitlement programs is so staggering that the number is almost unbelievable. We cannot continue to spend money we don't have.
One of the salient facts I throw out at every opportunity is our national debt number. This administration has doubled the combined debt from 1791-2008 in just four years. Read that again. This administration has doubled the combined debt from 1791-2008 in just four years. It is a staggering statistic that few understand or care to believe. But it affects every man, woman and child in this country. Today's generations, and tomorrow's yet unborn generations, will be paying for the ill-conceived largesse intended to ensnare tens of millions in a web of dependency. We've had forty consecutive months of unemployment over 8% -- forty-two if you count the last two months of 7.8% and 7.9% unemployment that many think are doctored numbers. Entire industries are under assault. Coal miners are losing their jobs left and right because of this administration's policies. Businesses are sitting on well over a trillion dollars in cash, afraid to spend it because they do not know the extent to which their money will disappear due to the policies of the leftists in Washington.
Fortunately, the mid-term election of 2010 marked the beginning of the end of the Dems continued push "forward" on their socialist path. Control of (at least) the House of Representatives has meant an effective end to four years (2007-2011) of Democrat control and unfettered spending. They make the Republicans I criticized in 2006 look like pikers in comparison.
The American people have also come to the realization that a president who bows to other leaders -- his equals -- and who apologizes for his country is unacceptable. America is not perfect. We never were. But we were (and still are) the last best hope of the world. Our enemies -- Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and the now-developing Muslim Brotherhood-inspired caliphate -- sense weakness, indecision, confusion, and vacillation. I don't care if they love us or not. They no longer respect us.
How can you respect a country that abandons its ambassadors and service men to die?
I do not think it is hyperbole to make comparisons between this year, and the end of the Roman Republic in 44 BC, the Reformation in 1517, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and the beginning of World War I in 1914. The events in each of those pivotal years changed the world forever. The election that will play out tomorrow will most certainly determine the future course of this country -- and change the world for better, or worse.
We are on the precipice of an unstable cliff. WE THE PEOPLE have total control over our destiny. WE THE PEOPLE are still the sole arbiters of whether we stand away from the ledge, we're pushed off, or we jump off.
Let us pray to Almighty God that we make the right choice.