The 2014 midterm election is almost upon us. For 230 years America has struggled with this experiment called democracy. And now we are standing at the cross-roads. We have a choice between turning left and turning right. Turn left and we continue the failed economic policies of Barack Obama, we continue with a sluggish economy, an over-active federal government, the very unpopular ObamaCare, a decimated military, and we will continue to be the laughing stock of the world. Turn right and maybe we can save a sinking ship, we can return to economic growth, a nation with strong family values, build up our military again, and then maybe our friends will support us and our enemies will fear us.
What bothers me are the views of everyday Americans heading into this election. People wake up in the morning, go to work, and then vote if they have time and if it allows them to get home in time to watch their favorite television program. By-in-large most Americans do not even know who they are voting for or why. A large number of people do not even know who our Vice President is. Name recognition becomes the key to winning any election. We as a country have lost our roots. In the last presidential election, only 52% of the voting age population even bothered to vote. What a disgrace! Voting is how we as the electorate hold our politicians accountable. Voting is one way we maintain our democracy—our freedom.
David Gerrold offered what I believe is the best definition of freedom I have ever heard. In his book, A Matter for Men, he defined freedom as ‘being allowed the opportunity to be responsible for your own actions.’ This country was founded on the idea of liberty. But liberty comes at a price. It must be maintained or else it flounders. Thomas Jefferson wrote that the ‘price of liberty is eternal vigilance.’ The people of this country have the right to vote and they have an obligation to vote. Voting also requires the people to be responsible to know for whom and why they are voting. Most people do not know the candidates or the issues, but this is not entirely the fault of the electorate. Knowledge of candidates takes the form of sound-bites and slogans. Candidates will often besmear each other in order to win the sound-bite war. But sound-bites tell very little if anything of the views of each candidate.
And now race hustlers have enter the fray. In order to further their own quest for money, power, and glory, these race whores conger up images of slavery, Jim Crow, the plantation, KKK, and the like. They help us to remember the worst of times and transfer those same feelings to today.
The MSM has entered into the fray. They are no longer content with just telling the news, they now see themselves as the final arbiters—choosing the winners and loser of each election. They see themselves as the protectors of liberty, but only those provisions given in the constitution they agree with. Therefore, for the MSM, their coverage is neither objective nor balanced.
Institutions once seen as vital to the survival of America have come under attack. Religious freedoms are no longer protected at work, or school, and particularly not at city hall. Even celebrating Christmas has come under fire. Our military as the protectors of this great country has become a bargaining chip for some of our politicians. Our heroes are called murderers and terrorists by politicians willing to use them for some perceived political advantage. Our troops are demeaned and called stupid these same self-absorbed politicians.
The very foundations of America are under attack and yet people either stay home rather than vote or they cast uninformed vote. When it comes to voting, Americans are lazy. Voting requires action. Being informed takes initiative. These are two things when taken together is something Americans have not had in many years—an informed vote.
We used to be a strong vibrant country based on God, on freedom, on individualism. People rallied to a cause and fought to the end. Wars were fought and won because the safety of America was at stake. Taxes were raised only during national emergencies. Politicians placed the benefit of America ahead of their political ambitions. Today that has all changed. Wars have become political fodder. Reasons for going to war are being shortchanged political expediency. Politicians use class warfare as an excuse to raise taxes on the rich. What ever happened to politicians who placed America first?
When Iraq became free of their brutal dictator, the Iraqi people flocked to the polls to vote in numbers never seen in the US. They tasted freedom for the first time and liked it. They faced death in order to cast a vote in their very first free election. If the roles were reversed, how many Americans would voluntarily face such dangers in order to vote?
Americans have lost their way. They have been led to believe that being nothing is better than being somebody, that easy is better than hard, that weak is better than strong, that poor is better than rich. We have been led to believe that all of the world’s problems stem from the US. There is an empire which thought this same thing, who thought that being entertained was better than doing something yourself, who became lazy because of her strength, and that empire was Rome. The Roman Empire fell from within. The United States is heading that direction-towards disaster.
All hope is not lost. The Iraqi people flocked to the polls because they tasted freedom for the first time. And for the first time they had the opportunity to be responsible for their own actions. What we need to do is to remember. Remember when this country was strong and we were proud of it. Remember when our military was an honored institution all across America. Remember when hard work was encouraged and rewarded. Remember when the marriage was a honored institution. Remember when we valued life and the innocent. Remember when we treasured the Constitution and the Bill or Rights. Remember when our politicians worked for us. Remember when this country valued freedom. But if we do not start now, we may well run the risk of going from this “city upon a hill” as envisioned by Cotton Matther is 1630, to becoming a curse word among all the nations. If this country were to return to God, return to His values, return to this nation’s roots, we may not only survive, but to grow. People immigrate to the country for a reason. It is still a beacon for all the world to see, but for how much longer?
Irving Dillard once wrote:
“I often wonder whether we do no rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.
Liberty…its so hard to define and yet it is what everyone wants. Liberty begins with responsibility. Knowing the candidates and knowing the political parties. Some people say there is no difference between the two parties, but this is the slogan of the uninformed. The difference between the two sides could not be more stark. One stands for freedom while the other stands for government, one stands for the individual while the other stands for the group, one stands for strength while the other stands for weakness, one stands for God while the other stands for self, one stands for life while the other stands for ‘reproductive choice,’ one stands for strength while the other stands for weakness. In each case, the first is for the Republican Party while the second is the Democratic Party. This is of course a generalization. There are some in each party I like and don’t like. I would vote for Democrat Zell Miller in any election and over many Republicans. At the same time I would vote for Mickey Mouse before I would a Democrat like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or Barack Obama. I would not vote for Republican Lincoln Chaffee even if he was running unopposed. That is where knowing the candidates come in. This is the difference in the parties in a nutshell.
Today is election day, Mid-term election of 2014. As a nation, we can either support our freedoms and go vote responsibly, or…….go the way of Rome. If we continue on this downward slide towards Socialism, God help us, because we will not get our freedoms back.