During times of trouble and striff we turn to many sources to take comfort that everything will be alright. Sometimes things look so dark and bleak there seems no way out. At times like these the real metal of a person or nation is revealed. To America we have what appears to be a resounding stale mate in Iraq, Afghanistan, and trouble on the horizon in Iran and North Korea. We have leaders who are theiving and going in directions we can not imagine that make us ashamed of them. Times now are not too rosey and yet many look to other sources for a ray of light. They look to entertainment, the economy, religion, any place we can see the sparkle of hope.
When times are hard and all seems bad it is time not to close the eyes and ears to what is going on, but to confront it head on. Our politcal system is a mess, yet year after year we hope it will get better, actually we all know it wont so way do we continue to fool our selves? Our foreign policy is a mess and we all know it. It has been a mess since Jimmy Carter and yet every presidency we expect it to get better, yet our enimies continue to grow and flourish. It is in times like these we step up and demand our government fix the problem or we will fix the problem. Remember the government is a rebublic, but we are ultimately in charge of it. As demonstrated in Wisconsin and many other places in the US in the past 5 years, if your government is bad enough you can recall it and replace it and prove to the politicians they are accountable and responsible to us, the citizens of the USA for all their actions and conduct. We have the best politcal system on earth so why do we continue to sit back and watch it be tarnish by the ignorance and stupidity of people who believe they are above the law and above us common people who put them in charge of our liberties and freedoms? It is times like these we need not look away and at distractions and fools follies for comfort.
If we continue to believe things will get better on their own we have truely lost the fire and passion of our fore fathers! Nothing in human nature gets better on its own. Only through struggle and sacrifice do we find the passion and desire to make a change for the better, to right the wrongs of time and laziness. With this said I will only refer now to the words of an ancient partiot of our nations founding. For we all need now, more then ever, to reconnect with our origins and upbringings to have a rebirth on responsibility and honor within our politcal system, one that will show the world how we can be, not the image Hollywood or the media paint of us. We need to stop being distracted by the current lot of politicians on side issues, and demand that our government be returned to us, the people from which created it.
"If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!"
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us."
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!"
Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775 speech before the Virgina colonial deligates, Richmond Virgina, St John’s Church