I for one am glad to see 2009 fade away in the rear view mirror. In many ways it might have been the worst year of my entire life Not just because it's been tough on my family and friends, but rather that I have never seen the kind of governance we've had to endure. I honestly could not have conceived that my beloved country could fall so far, so fast, and shove the American people into a corner with such unbelievable arrogance and blatant disregard for the Constitution. But happen it did, and now it's time to look forward to the most crucial year since our founding. That's right, more critical than the Civil War, the Great Depression, or World War I or II. This is the year that our country makes a drastic course correction, or, as Ronald Reagan said:
“If virtue goes, the government fails. Are we choosing paths that are politically expedient and morally questionable? Are we in truth losing our virtue? . . . If so, we may be nearer the dustbin of history than we realize.”
That's it - either the sunlight of a new morning in America or life at the bottom of the socialist Dumpster. So what's it going to be?
As dark as it is now, there are some reasons for optimism (and JGL is always trying to look on the bright side!). Even though I come from a politically active extended family, I have never seen ordinary Americans as involved and motivated as they are now. They're telling their “masters” in Washington that they are watching, and they don't like what they see. Even more astounding, they're not just talking, but taking to the streets – Tea Party Protests, Town Halls and marches on Washington DC! That alone might be the most astonishing thing – nobody but unemployed student radicals and paid union flunkies ever show up to protest anything! And no, it has not stopped there. Local groups are still organizing, meeting, seeking out and funding true Constitutional candidates for elections at all levels. Just look at what happened in Massachusetts – a previously unknown (to everyone outside of the Bay State) Scott Brown, raised $1.3 Million in a one day online “money bomb” effort. While Brown isn't my ideal candidate, he's a solid, no-nonsense fiscal conservative in the most Democratic state in the country. Whether he ultimately succeeds or not, the point has been made – patriots across the country will rally with their time and money to support anyone who will stop the insanity. This gives me great hope that maybe, just maybe, enough Americans have awakened from their dumbed down public school education and American Idol attention span to take back their country starting in November. In the interim, there is much work to be done, and America needs every available hand to step up. But don't forget the most important thing – the thing that our Founders thought most important – prayer. This country didn't just sprout up from human effort – it took the hand of God Almighty to make it reality. Even Ben Franklin, hardly the most devout of the Fathers, reflected:
“All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"
So keep the faith fellow patriots, and keep your powder dry!