Time for Courage

ThinkerYou said it is time for courage Mr. President. So let’s talk about courage. Let us talk about honor too. When you proclaimed our need for courage, you were at a campaign stop for your nationalized healthcare plan. It followed one of those gut wrenching emotional tales that somehow always turn out not to be as you present them.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
-from Charge of the Light Brigade- Alfred Lord Tennyson

I must admit, I do not know how much courage it takes to tell embellished stories to a flock of admiring sheep. Stories fluffed up by back office minions and intended to fill the rest of us with enough guilt to cause us to want to charge forward like the Light Brigade “into the valley of Death” before we have time to figure out that “someone had blunder’d.”

What lies ahead for us in that valley is the forfeiture of our God given freedoms and the resultant destruction, or as proclaimed the fundamental transformation, of the greatest nation God ever blessed. That is not an overstatement of the predicament in which Americans find themselves. From supposed leaders, we get heart tugging stories rather than clear and logical solutions to problems. Stories told in the name of what? And to what end? Americans are not so stupid, although we may be somewhat “dismay’d” these days.

Maybe it becomes easier to spread crafted tales of human pain after you do it the first time. Someone recently referred to such things as political props. Maybe it does not take much courage to lie when someone else writes the lies for you and puts them up on a teleprompter. All of it in the name of that social justice you always claim to be in search of or the wealth you hope to redistribute. Justice owed to whom and for what? Wealth redistributed to whom? Are there gulags and re-education centers in our future?  Are we expected to make that blind and futile charge into the valley on your terms? “Theirs is not to make reply, there is not to reason why.”

Yes, we need courage. To paraphrase you Mr. President, let me be clear about that. All of us need to well up enough of it to help us stand up for what is right and face down would be tyrants just as did our founding forefathers.

How about honesty? Do you think we need some of that too? Do we not deserve men and women of honor to lead our country?

“Trust, like the soul, never returns once it is gone.” – Pubilius Syrus

Honor, Sir, is the system of values by which you live. Integrity is the foundation of honor. Integrity includes telling the truth and the way I see it, you only get one shot at telling the truth before trust is lost. With instant worldwide communication and endless computer servers trapping every uttered word, political lies simply do not stand up anymore. Charlatans are exposed.

Freedom’s embers have been smoldering in Americans for quite some time. Washington’s political winds are fanning them into an inferno. Mr. President, led by you Washington is fueling a summer of American discontent that may be like nothing ever before seen in the United States of America. The protesting draft card burners and Pentagon bombers of the 60’s who now surround you and run Washington will have seen nothing like what is coming I fear. America is as angry. Dangerously angry.

Our country is being dragged into Lord Tennyson’s valley of death by corruption and political chicanery that makes a mockery of our constitution. We are fully aware of what is at stake. Freedom loving people will not sit idly by when faced with tyranny. Americans never have. Freedom is ingrained in us. It is who we are. We have faced down communists, Nazis, fascists, Islamo-Terrorists and just about every other freedom oppressing blight on humanity that is imaginable. Most of us out here in the real America have actually served or have relatives and friends who have served and died in the uniformed Armed Services of our Country fighting freedom’s enemies around this world. Unlike many of you in Washington, when we took our oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, we meant it. We still mean it.

It never occurred to anyone I know in or out of uniform that someday we would encounter the greatest threat to our freedom entrenched inside the Washington Beltway. We never imagined that the People’s House and the People’s Capitol would be filled with communists and Marxists.

When we come out of the valley again, freedom and honorable leaders is all that will come out with us. We have deemed it so.

© 2010

2 Replies to “Time for Courage”

  1. Joe

    Amen JD
    Thank you for your thoughts. Please keep it up.
    I too am old but less and less willing to be pushed down and sit idly by while the destroyers take everything from me, my family, and my Country.
    Joe Wray
    Bayfield CO

  2. JD Post author

    Well said. And, unfortunately, all too true. A correction is in order, and no doubt, in our future.

    I’m old; this will not affect me that much but generational theft is being committed and an empty piggy bank will not pay the bills.


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