This is a very good piece today seems to fit....So here we are, America. It’s 222 years after the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when the basic policies of the United States of America were set in place in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. What were we given in 1787? That’s what a woman asked Benjamin Franklin as he left the building.
“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
What have we done with that Republic?
When we won the American Revolution, we inspired the overthrow of monarchies. Oh, certainly they still exist, and their abuses against humanity still continue, as in Saudi Arabia, but what was the norm when this country began is now an exception across the planet.
We dispensed with slavery in this country and caused it to be viewed as an evil in most places around the world. It still exists, in places like the Muslim country of Sudan, but in America we fought a bloody war that ended it, and let’s be clear, most of the dead were white people, with those from the North largely fighting to free black people they had never met.
We made women the equal of men by giving them the vote. Though it may be an ongoing battle, America set a precedent for the equality of women around the world that continues to evolve today.
We have never stopped winning wars for liberty. We gave millions of American lives to free Europe from oppression in World Wars I and II, and stopped a madman who hypnotized the German nation into believing that killing every Jew on Earth was the solution to their problems. We shut down Japanese imperialists who believed they were following an emperor who was God on Earth. And when it was done, we helped Germany and Japan rebuild and stay peaceful, allowing them to enjoy decades of economic prosperity and regain national pride.
We gave people equal rights, no matter their color or creed. When President Harry Truman dispensed with military segregation, when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and Martin Luther King Jr. led a bus boycott, when the Kennedys forced integration in universities, Americans put their lives and careers on the line to give everyone equality. This continues to reverberate around the world, and is in no small part responsible for the death of apartheid in South Africa. And now we have an African-American President.
We are in a time that most sorely tests Dr. Franklin’s warning about our Republic: Can we keep it?
If we continue on the road that 53% of American voters put us on November 8, 2008, we face a return if not to a monarchy, to a socialist oligarchy, which has always been disastrous around the world.
The economic path we are on is a certain prescription for economic slavery for future generations and ourselves. The current American debt is simply unsustainable. Even the current President has admitted that.
f the U.S. becomes the socialist society so desired by the current President and the unaccountable czars who answer only to him, what happens to American innovation? Most intelligent students of history would tell you that you could kiss it goodbye.
Let’s not forget that the American medical establishment has long been the best in the world. If it is taken over by the federal government - which has in recent years been an abject failure at managing anything - will the entire world not suffer when we become the equivalent of the mess they have in the UK, or Canada?
America has been for most of its life, the light of the world, invented by and fueled by people from all over the world who came to these shores. It became great due to people who were given an innovative cultural structure in which anyone willing to work hard can prosper and benefit humanity.
As Americans, we are promised life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are not promised guaranteed bliss for all who arrive or are born within our land.
America did not become great by being a permanent daddy who keeps children ignorant and supports their every need cradle to grave. Such a father would not simply be misguided; he would be evil.
We still have a republic. If we intend to keep it, a great number of Americans need to give up the idea that Daddy will take care of them. These people need to grow up immediately, because if they kill the Uncle Sam they currently think is an endlessly rich, all-providing father figure, they won’t survive.
And for our enemies who want to destroy us, perhaps you should look at history, and the track record of those who held similar aims. Their success rate is zero. You can only blame someone else for so long before you fail abysmally yourself. If you don’t believe that, take a look at what’s going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.