Wednesday, August 12, 2009
THIS IS AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE BRAVE.
I have spent my adult life working. I went in the military after high school during the Vietnam War because I felt it was the right thing to do. Believe me it sucked, but I wouldn't trade my experience for the world. It informs me to this day.
After my military days, I became a police officer. I served in that capacity for 26 years. I loved it and I hated it. I don't miss it and I'm glad it's over. Enough said.
Now I teach high school history. I have found my love. Everyday I come to work I am thrilled. I love that I can be on the frontlines, once again, to influence young Americans. I believe that America is the greatest country in the history of the world. We have been a force for good and our sons and daughters are buried all over the world because we believed it and were willing to sacrifice for it. I don't believe in indoctrination and I don't believe it's my job to tell students how to think. I give them the facts and allow them to draw their own conclusion.
Having said that, I definitely have my own point of view. I am a conservative and I believe with all my heart that small government is the best government. There has been a saying circulating lately that says all that needs to be said about government. "When the people fear government there's tyranny. When the government fears the people that's liberty." It's been attributed to Thomas Jefferson and from my research he said it. Was it original? Does it matter?
The people in this video are Americans too. They weren't organized by anyone. They spoke out when they felt the need for the redress of their grievances. They felt that their representatives had forgotten them. They listened when Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer and Arlen Spector and all the rest of the elected representatives who are supposed to be serving them, called them un-Americans, and "brownshirts", and KKK members, and Timothy McVeigh followers. In short, they got it. Their government has left them and is operating on its own. They were angry. I am too.
In other words, from the Declaration of Independence, "...whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing it powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
I took the oath to uphold the United States Constitution twice. I have never repudiated that oath and I consider it still in effect today. The people in these meetings are our brothers and our sisters. We need to support them.
God bless America.