Choice is Yours
Our nation is suffering from multiple-personality
disorder. The identity and history of the United States has been revised and
rewired to the point where those who speak with authority on the grounds of
historical scholarship are laughed off the stage in favor of those who speak
with the heart of a revisionist and the scorn of a Saul Alinski disciple.
Indeed, they have proven Saul right. Mockery is a powerful weapon when your
audience is comprised of low-information citizens.
Personally, I believe someone like David Barton or
Mark Levin could hold their own against any number of Howard Zinn-types, but
their efforts would be lost on a great swath of Americans today. There is less
regard for a verifiable, historical position than for history, which fits a
desirable emotion. Feeling good about our history seems to be more important
than being accurate about our history. The requisite emotionalism of modern
Leftism refuses to play second fiddle to historical scholarship and an
increasingly apathetic populace gives a collective “meh” in-between episode on
the boob tube. So Thomas Jefferson becomes a Muslim sympathizer, George
Washington becomes a gleeful slave-owner, and the Democrats become the party of
civil rights. I don’t know about you, but I feel better already, comrade!
Recently, Mark Levin has been speaking about the
existence of Two Americas. One America desires the redistributive suffocation
of a massive Federal leviathan, which will provide and control everything; and
one America desires to be left alone. One America understands that hardship is
a very real possibility yet is not willing to trade their liberty in the hopes
of ameliorating failure. And one America holds their liberty so cheaply as to
give it away for a bowl of hot stew across a campfire. One America is a gaping
maw whose belly knows no satiation and whose ignorance knows no shame. The
other America refuses to take anything for which they didn’t toil, yet
willingly opens their homes, wallets, and hearts to help alleviate suffering in
One gives while the other takes. One builds while the
other tears down. To which America do you belong? To which America do your
friends and neighbors belong? To which America will your children belong?
Political pundits are wont to shake their heads ruefully and verbally pine for
the days past when there was less political acrimony. I pine for the days of
greater political acrimony. Complacency and cowardice are the appetizers of
tyranny. If it means an end to the radical progressive agenda galloping
roughshod over our Constitution, then let the political kumite commence.
The time is coming when every American will have to
choose which America is their own. For some, it will take the form of the
decision made by an Oregonian baker and his wife, driven out of business by
homofascists in their community, to voluntarily shutter their business rather
than kneel to politikal korrectness and forsake their Christian beliefs on the
altar of Mammon. Or there may come a time in your life when you are presented
with prosperity via government intervention. Have you thought about what your
response would be to that offer? You should. We all will choose an America, one
way or another. And if you think that you can avoid choosing one vision or the
other, let me remind you that neglecting to choose is a choice in itself.
I understand that most of this is a sermon for the
choir. My objective is not to tell you what you already know, but to encourage
you to tell those in your circle of influence what you and I already know. We
are a relatively small group of informed and agitated citizens, but we are
operating in a nation of sleepwalkers. The willful blindness, which I see from
my fellow citizens is alarming and frustrating, but I become complicit in that
blindness if I refuse to help them see.
a blind-folded man is walking towards a cliff, who is more to blame for his
demise: the blindfolded man or the man by his side who neglected to remove his
blindfold? Chances are that there was someone along your path who pulled
the blindfold from your eyes and helped you to see the light. It is past time
to repay that heroic individual and start yanking some blinders. As Rush
encouraged years ago, you don’t need a special skill or a media outlet to make
a difference. Read your brains out and become a resource in your community.
Make the case and win the day.
is classically-trained, Shakespearean actor from Eugene, Oregon who happens to
be a liberty-loving, right-wing, Christian constitutionalist. When not penning columns for ClashDaily.com,
Hamilton spends his time astride the Illinois-Wisconsin border, leading bands
of liberty-starved citizens from the progressive gulags of Illinois to
[relative] freedom. Hamilton is the
creative mind/voice behind Pillar & Cloud Productions, a budding production
company which resides at www.PillarCloudProductions.com. He owes all
to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose strength is perfected in his