I woke in the middle of the night last night, and ended up awake for a couple of hours. My mind began to race and I couldn't help but realize how utterly disappointed I am. And I'm going to illustrate, to the best of my ability, why that is. So please bear with me.
Growing up I believed, no, I knew America was good. We were always there to protect freedom around the world, even as I recognized, as I grew older, that little by little our own liberties were being eroded by the "laws of compassion" or "laws lobbied for by certain industries or groups" that our government was passing. I always felt that every free loving person, no matter where they resided, or under which regime they endured, could look to America to bolster their hope of one day attaining freedom and liberty. And living under the protections our Constitution provided, millions of people realized that dream over the years as they immigrated to our once great country. Millions more, more likely billions, lived their lives knowing that there was a place where freedom flourished. But that place, regardless of what you think you know, no longer exists.
Go dig out your high school yearbook and bring it with you while you locate a mirror. Now stare into the mirror. What do you see? You'll probably laugh, and think, this guy is a nut - of course I see me! But do you really? Are the eyes the same as they once were? The smile? The complexion? The hair color? The amount of hair? Stare harder, are you really there? Well, you say, I'm there, I'm just...different. And that is my point - exactly.
Now take a look at your yearbook picture. You aren't really the same person, are you? Not quite as strong? Not as idealistic? Maybe a little less committed to your goals? Less energetic? Maybe not as hopeful? Now back to the mirror and compare the two faces you see. Do you still think you're the same person?
So, just as our minds have refused to admit that we are not the same person we were when we graduated - mostly because the changes have been so gradual over time, so too have we been sold a thin veil of illusion by our government. They've been selling it for decades, possibly for over a century. They have told us forever that we still have our liberty, even as they have passed thousands of laws that restrict us. They tell us we have our freedom of religion, and yet have removed God from everywhere except where the earliest United State residents placed those references - etched in granite on our government buildings. They tell us the 2nd Amendment is alive and well, and yet in many cases the restrictions and cost of carrying a weapon are prohibitive. No, we do not have liberty - at least not the level of liberty envisioned by our Founders!
And now, most recently, the government is mandating that we buy a product (healthcare) or be fined. They ignore laws that they don't like but enforce, sometimes outside of their authority, laws they do like. They turn a blind eye to the New Black Panther voter intimidation. They ignore, and actually embrace, organizations like ACORN who perpetuate voter fraud. They prosecute individual states because those states are trying to enforce state and federal law. They prevent the media from covering perhaps the most environmentally destructive story in our history. They allow Muslim extremists to set up gated "camps" which are off limits even to our law enforcement personnel. They place radicals, revolutionaries, socialists and communists in positions of power within the government. And through it all, we have a media that is largely complicit with the subtle vaporizing of our nation.
The America I identified with for so long no longer exists. She hasn't for a long, long time. Maybe she didn't exist even when I was a small child. Maybe I just loved the illusion. In her place is an imposter. An illusion. Thinly veiled now. Soon many more people will realize that she is not what they thought she was. When that happens, and discontent sweeps the nation, and all those forces arrayed against us smell blood, they will strike. And it is at that moment that the thin veil of illusion irrevocably falls from her face and shows America for what she has become - old, no longer useful, unnecessary, irrelevant - maybe even a country to be pitied.
The forces aligned against America, and the ideals for which she once stood, are too numerous to list. Our government is mandated by the Constitution to protect and defend America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The government has abdicated that responsibility, and it now falls to you and me.
So I ask you, after you put your yearbook away, and you contemplate how you got from 17 to however old you are today, is America lost? Is the ideal of Liberty and Freedom gone forever?
Well that is entirely up to each of us, now isn't it? How much does it mean to you to recreate that ideal? Is it worth voting for? Is it worth joining with like-minded people? Is it worth defending with violence if necessary? Is it worth dying for? Our Founders, and the men and women of that era, answered yes to each of those questions. And while they were incapable of ensuring their ideals for America were beyond erosion, they still thought that the cost of freedom was worth it. Maybe that's because they lived under tyranny. And maybe we, as a people, need to live under tyranny ourselves before we see how debilitating it can be. Unfortunately, it will then be too late to recreate the ideals of our Founders.
So perhaps you need to take another long look in the mirror and decide who that person really is - a 'sunshine patriot", or a defender and protector of the Constitution.
One Hundred And Eleven Days To The Start Of Restoration!