“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction.”
That 1967 excerpt from the inaugural address by then-Governor-elect Ronald Reagan gives us a rare glimpse into an America that once was.
Like a Polaroid picture from a bygone era, we vaguely recognize the times being referenced in his words. Though nearly 60 years have passed, the distinction between now and then gives us a disturbing prognostication that does not bode well for times to come.
The recent revelation by billionaire Elon Musk of how Twitter blatantly blocked the eyes of nearly 80 million Americans to give the Democratic party’s preferred Presidential candidate preeminence, are but a singular, deceptive drop indicating a disconcerting deluge to come. As indicated by Reagan’s prophetic speech, much of that writing was already on the wall. His speech continues: “It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.
Knowing this, it is hard to explain those among us who even today would question the people’s capacity for self-government. I’ve often wondered if they will answer this question (at least those who subscribe to that philosophy): if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? Using the temporary authority granted by the people, in increasing number lately at all levels of government, some seek to control even the means of production- as if they could do this without eventually controlling those who produce. And always they explain this as necessary to the people’s welfare.
For the People
“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principle upon which it was founded.” This was written in 1748, and it’s as true today as it was then.” In 2022, those words sound as implausible as any given fairy tale story, given the climate we are experiencing. You may be wondering: what comes next?
Imagine, if you will, a country where the powers that be decide whose civil rights matter, and whose doesn’t. Not due to color or ethnicity, but by the wearing of a particular hat, making an unpopular statement, or standing for an unwelcome politically based belief.
Maybe one where freedoms like religion and the ability to bear arms are forcibly taken away. Or perhaps one where you, an American citizen, can be arrested for speaking an unpopular opinion. It is getting easier and easier to imagine because it is happening as we speak.
Many of us have watched for years as staples of our society have slowly been eroding away:
∙The pledge of allegiance
∙Bible reading in school
∙Prayer in schools
∙Home economics classes
∙Teaching cursive handwriting
Does it Matter?
While many of you do not see these things disappearing from America as issues or even important, those on the Left could not be more pleased. Our ignorance and indifference is just the way they want it.
After all, people only fight for things that are important to them. Unfortunately, a great many of us are now discovering that simply walking down the street, visiting the corner store, or going to dinner and a movie are now hazardous to your health.
Parents now must carefully consider each time they allow their children to go to public school. Not just because of the shooters that may show up, but also because the curriculum and indoctrination that their “education” may bring.
As we deal with the impact of the last election, rampant crime, wanton unchecked violence, and the Biden administration pushing our nation to the brink of anarchy, war, and/or another depression, what will remain will look more like a landscape from the film, “The Book Of Eli”, then a stable, prosperous future.
In the last several years after the 2020 election, we were not only told, but shown in vivid detail exactly what certain politicians’ plans would be in the event they have power. Our only mistake by-and-large was that most did not take them at their word. Criminal’s rights exceeding victims’ rights, ‘transvestites’ being recognized as ‘women’, and children from the womb allowed autonomy concerning their “gender identity,” are but a few of the results from the policies and programs flooding our municipalities.
With nearly 3 million illegals having invaded our borders this year alone, receiving more rights than both American-born and naturalized citizens, and speakers being shouted down and banned from auditoriums and colleges, as well as being openly maligned and attacked, can the return of public executions and book burnings be far behind?
Too Far Fetched?
You might say that such ideas are far-fetched; ridiculous. Impossible. Or you might look at history’s message when a power decides that “their way is the only way.” Truth be told, “absolute power does indeed breed corruption.
The more power we give leftists, the more they will take. And leftists will never give it back willingly. Regan recognized and referenced two things in his historic address that we would do well to remember: Our Constitution begins with “We the People.”
While those in power operate contrary to this, we dare not forget. Last but definitely not least, despite how dismal it may seem, and insurmountable this hill of change may appear- it is still our country to lose. In the famed words of John F. Kennedy, “Don’t ask what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country!”