I’m not that old, really. However, in 39.5 years, I’ve seen a lot.
- I remember watching the Inauguration of President Carter at school when I was five or six…
- I remember watching the presidential race between Carter and Reagan. I was at orchestra practice for most of the evening, but I remember cheering at Aunt Susan’s house when we realized that Reagan would win.
- Four years later, I remember watching President Reagan defeat Walter Mondale.
- Then the horror and laughter both of the assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life. “I think I forgot to duck.” Gotta love him.
- I remember when John Lennon was shot. I didn’t know who he was, but there were people with signs everywhere in Victorville. I remember my dad saying, “It was murder, and it was wrong. His so-called music was horrible.” No one can say that Dad is afraid to express his opinion!
- I was fifteen on that January morning. Mr. G. came into the classroom, flipped the lights on and off, announced the Challenger explosion, we prayed for the families, and then listened to the newscasts on the radio. No one got much done that day.
- I remember praying for Jessica McLure when she fell down the well in Texas.
- I remember the Bush inauguration. It was the first presidential election that I got to vote in. I remember hoping he’d be half the man Reagan was.
- The Exxon Valdez spill.
- I remember weeping over the massacre at Tienanmen Square.
- The “tearing down” of the Berlin wall.
- I remember the Gulf War… and how amazing it was to be “over” so quickly.
- I remember the collapse of the Soviet Union. I remember being both relieved that freedom was coming to a country held hostage by communism and feeling terribly sad, knowing how hard it would be during the interim.
- The confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas. Probably the best thing George Bush did for our country.
- I remember the riots after the Rodney King acquittals. I had friends who were trapped down there in some of the worst parts of LA. It was horrifying as we prayed for safe return. (God answered prayer).
- I remember the election of Bill Clinton. I also remember thinking it was evidence of the direction our country was going.
- The World Trade Center Bombing. I remember thinking, “Not here!”
- The Northridge Earthqake. I think it was the first one Kevin ever felt.
- I remember the series of scandals that began to rock the U.S. White House.
- The Oklahoma City Bombing… as a country, we wept and prayed over the losses.
- The smoking ban in restaurants and bars in California. I hate cigarette smoke, but it’s private property. If you don’t like that they allow smoking, don’t go. It seemed just another nail in the governmental intrusion coffin.
- The Microsoft Anti-Trust thing. Sigh.
- The impeachment of President Clinton. (I don’t “care” what he did… I care that he LIED about it rather than saying, “My private life is my business. It doesn’t effect my job, so I refuse to discuss it.” That I would have respected. My opinion of his morality wouldn’t matter if it didn’t effect his ability to do his job. Lying…)
- The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child… I still can’t believe the US has ever considered it. It’s a TREATY FOLKS! It supersedes the CONSTITUTION! Then again, it looks like our Constitution is history anyway…
- President Bush Jr. won the election… I remember thinking it was better than the alternative… and then being sad that I thought that.
- 9/11. We will never forget.
- The Patriot Act. Almost the line of demarcation between the old U.S. and the new socialist state that our nation has/will become.
- No Child Left Behind… another nail…
- Gulf War… take two…
- Homeland Security Act… Sigh.
- The Recall of Gray Davis… I like to think we’re better off than we were. I’m delusional that way.
- The election of President Obama.
- The passage of the Health Care Bill
I believe that tonight’s passage of the Health Care Bill is historic in many ways. I’ve been watching the erosion of the U.S. Constitution over the past four decades of my life, and tonight I think we have what I keep calling a “line of demarcation.” It’s almost as if, for most of my life, our country was preparing for marriage with socialism and tonight was the exchange of vows. Just like any marriage, the exchange of vows only begins the direction that the couple will take, and I believe the same is true of this. I am not ashamed to admit that this is probably the first time in my entire life that I’ll be PRAYING for an immediate annulment. Baring that, I’d like a timely divorce.
I know there are many happy people in this country. I know that to some people, the passage of this bill is a step in a social progression that they see as essential to humanitarian ends. That’s fine. They have the right to that opinion. I have the right to mine. Mine is that our nation was founded upon the principles of allowing the people to govern themselves, to keep government intrusion out of the lives of the people, and the absolute limiting of governmental power. The idea was that government was there to provide for defense against domestic (criminals) and foreign (invaders) threats and to protect our rights and freedoms which were clearly stated in our constitution.
On April 19, 1775 Ralph Waldo Emerson described a “shot heard ’round the world.” He meant the first battle of the American War for Independence. Our Declaration of Independence has a section…
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
I can’t help but feel like
1. This has happened tonight. On this historical night, the “representatives of the people” have instituted a new form of government.
2. We may be headed for our third war for independence. I won’t be surprised if many people see this as the impetus for secession again. Rather than fighting over states’ rights regarding the slave issue, these people will be fighting for states’ rights against political and taxation slavery. I pray, with all my heart, that if this happens, it is done in the political arena.
I love my country. I love everything America has stood for over the past 234 years. I just truly feel that tonight, we have figuratively changed the name of our country from The United States of America to The United Socialist States of America. I’d wear black tomorrow, but I refuse to give up yet.
I don’t think I’ll ever give up. Unfortunately, I am realistic enough to understand that the chance of stopping this massive tidal wave of socialism is equal to putting up a huge volleyball net in front of it.