Growing up in a community where 40% of the populace was military-related, these events were huge, and everyone went out on the downtown street corners to watch the troops and bands, both military and civilian, march by playing John Philip Sousa music. These were major local events.
And today, what do we have? Well, not only do we not have many such events, but our commitment as a nation has lost the impact of our cultural, political and military history and what those earlier brave patriots and military heroes went through for us. This is most unfortunate, for their hard work created the greatest nation on earth.
This lack of commitment to our values has resulted in dramatic change, including "the fundamental change in America" that our current president mentioned in his 2008 campaign without directly telling what he meant. Today it is at long last being recognized for what it is: soft tyranny.
Make no mistake about it, our way of life is under attack; the siege to change our democratic republic into a ruler-subject relationship is well underway. And what is still truly amazing is the number of gullible Americans who either don't see this, or just don't want to be bothered. The current utterings of the Hollywood darlings, the Angelina Jolies and the Brad Pitts, or professional sports figures, often grab their attention. For others, they are perfectly happy with going along if they get enough "free stuff" that is not free at all but paid for by hard working Americans who have their money stolen by an unjust tax system to pay for it.
Today we have been given the opportunity to start turning the country around and back to its foundation and traditions. Ironically, that opportunity has been presented by the very administration that has made the changes.
Benghazi, the IRS scandal against conservatives, the abuse of AP reporting by the Justice Department, and even the shakedown by HHS of insurance companies for Obamacare support funds are all clear evidence of what we are dealing with: a black boot, corrupt process brought to our government courtesy of the Chicago Way. And there are many more such examples of lawlessness likely to be uncovered as potential whistleblowers want to help clean up what they have seen first hand.
The techniques and teachings of Alinsky and Cloward and Pivin, and the general application of thug and mob approaches have long been used by extreme liberal organizations but this is the first time we have witnessed them as a large scale weapon with the federal government being conspicuously silent. The country has been turned upside down; it's as if what is good and moral is now wrong and the opposite is right.
So now that evidence of the far-reaching nature and danger of these actions is clearly established, what do we do? The answer is easy but carrying it out requires courage and a willingness to face fear head on and conquer it. The answer lies in action.
Patriotic Americans must pay attention and speak up. When something that clearly isn't right happens, don't be silenced. It doesn't matter whether it is at the local, state or national level. Challenge it. Demand honest answers and action by your elected representatives. Don't take no for an answer, and get involved with those of like view. It is your right and duty as a citizen of the nation which still has a valid Constitution, regardless of the ridicule some throw at it.
Be a modern day Apostle for freedom and your God. You can never be wrong standing for those things in a civil and rational way. I am not talking about physical force here, although you clearly have a right to defend yourself. I am talking about using your brain, the written word and your persuasive skills. Believe me, there are many people who are sitting and waiting for action; they just don't know where to begin. Brave patriots, it is up to us to continue the outcry for honest constitutional government. Be of good heart and spirit. Don't let the momentum fade with time. We can and must do this.
Dear Lord: We know that what is going on around is not right; we can feel it in our hearts and our souls. Help us to open our eyes, and the eyes of those around us, to the Truth and what is right, and to have the courage to become modern day Apostles for our nation, our freedom and for Thee. Like the Apostles of Jesus who suffered, we may face severity and danger, but help us to know that through Thee we can surmount anything.
Help us to have the strength to go forward and squash the winds of tyranny before they get any stronger. And please bless us and America. Amen.