One commenter asked: what do we do now? The short answer was:
We get active. We take note of the names of those who voted for this travesty and give of our time, our talent and our treasure to elect someone who will uphold the Constitution.
And we don't let set backs discourage us, because even though we lose the skirmishes, the battle and the war are too important to sit by and merely feel sorry for ourselves.
Once upon a time, there was a group of men who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for liberty, over 230 years ago. Their victory did not come without sacrifice. Some of them gave up everything they had to establish this great nation.
Will you be called upon to make the same sacrifices to preserve it? One would hope not, but it should put into perspective the small sacrifices we will make in the coming decade.
We sat at home and let others carry the standard. Oh, sure! We voted. We put up signs. Some of us canvassed neighborhoods and manned booths and phones and some of us contributed to candidates we thought were worthy. We jawboned, too, every chance we got. And looking back, if you had to do it all again, might you have done just a little more? Given a little more? Investigated your candidate as to what he stood for, what your party was standing for and how much was "eye wash"?
Complacency has to be the first casualty. You can't trust your party leaders to "get it right". You can't trust that "someone else" is going to carry the burden across the finish line. You can't sit idly by and watch the inheritance your fathers and your father's fathers gave to you be squandered so that there is nothing for your children or your children's children.
G. Gordon Liddy wrote a book, "When I was a kid, this was a free country." A lot of us can identify with that.
Ronald Reagan said,
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
Perhaps, some of us thought he was exaggerating. After the first day after the vernal equinox of 2010, I don't think we'll make that same mistake.
Our time, our talent and our treasure. That's what we've got. T cubed. Maybe in time, we can boast of own "sacred honor".
Cross posted at Say Anything