Updated: May 1, 2020
The day after the Constitution was signed, one of the delegates recorded this exchange between Benjamin Franklin and a woman, known to history as Mrs. Powel, during which she asked him “Well Doctor what we got, a republic or a monarchy— A republic replied the Doctor, if you can keep it.” Well, 233 years after the signing of the most significant political, freedom-outlining document in world history, during the time of Coronavirus Quarantine, we have to ask ourselves:
Do we still have a Republic? Have we kept this Republic? Are we willing to fight for it?
As of today, the entirety of the American people have voluntary submitted to what is essentially government mandated house arrest, which has lasted approximately six weeks as I write this. Yes, it has been an exercise in ‘federalism’, upon which our Constitutional form of government is founded, which means that it didn’t come from the President, but rather each individual state and the municipalities within. So on that level, at least we’ve don’t that right. But having seen the capricious, arbitrary and completely unconstitutional restrictions that have been either attempted or in fact imposed on the populace by regional tyrants, it should give any liberty-loving person pause to ask themselves is this what we expect or will we continue to tolerate as citizens of the supposedly freest country in the world?
While it’s true that some states are making the move to open their economies back up, albeit with what I personally consider still too harsh conditions, some of the governors are not only⏤not opening them, but are actually extending them.
The natives are getting restless to put it mildly. I’ve been both depressed and angry at my own restricted freedom of movement and action, but mostly heartbroken at the reality that each day ‘closed for business’, is a day that lives are destroyed and fellow citizens move closer to personal tragedy like poverty, drugs, abuse and suicide.
Cops are arresting people for stupid things, such as playing catch in an empty field, while at the same time sheriffs and mayors are letting people out who are committing crimes, including murder. In my county for instance, the sheriff arrested a pastor for holding an in-person worship service, a service that from what I understand, the sheriff had previously given the okay for. A week later after he’d made national news and preened at a press conference for that event, he let out a group of criminals out of jail ‘for coronavirus concerns’, one of whom went on to murder someone the very next day. How does this protect the citizens while endangering them while also violating their constitutional rights?
Christians for the most part haven’t had in person worship services during THEIR holy season, and one pastor was even arrested for doing a drive-in service, meanwhile there are mosques open in NYC, and the mayor there is giving 500,000 meals to them during theirs.
The same mayor, that genius DeBlasio, also had previously mentioned that he would permanently shut churches and synagogues if they didn’t ‘follow the rules’. Notice what was missing in that statement? Yes, of course, mosques. Because no one, let alone a liberal, would dare to say something like that against muslims, they’d be afraid of getting killed! Sound harsh? Too bad! Sue me if you don’t like it. I’m still protected by the First Amendment, supposedly.
It was Patrick Henry who said “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death,” well call me Patricia! I say the same thing, because without liberty there is no life anyway, and we’re dangerously close to losing whatever of it still remains. People need to wake the hell up, realize that, and engage.
It is Thomas Jefferson who said “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” And it is Ronald Reagan who said, that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Are we free America?
And if not, are we willing to be free?
Are we so comfortable that we’re willing to acquiesce to a continued ‘long train of abuses and usurpations’ the colonists fought against the British to abolish? Are we willing, to modernize that passage from the Declaration of Independents to claim our ‘right, our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security, after has been the patient sufferance of us Citizens?’ Or is Netflix and an iPhone enough for us to keep us submissive?
You know what the Hong Kong protesters carried in the streets with them as they fought against the Chinese government? American flags! You know what they sang? The AMERICAN National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner!
They had pictures, signs and banners of President Trump, the American President, who boldly stood up in front of the world for his own country and for freedom-loving people around the world, including the other group marching for freedom, the Iranian people. Yet there were NO MARCHES in America, a Judeo-Christian nation, by Christians for the right to celebrate the Resurrection Day miracle, the very foundation of their entire religion. More people protested for the right to bear arms than for the right to worship at their congregations. Think about that.
When my Epitaph is written, I hope it is said of me: ‘She sounded the clarion call without cease, warning of the ever-encroaching intrusions on their liberties. Of the need to fight relentlessly, on the enemies turf, with their same weapons and not the niceties of ‘civility’ but to give no quarter and destroy them, and to know and understand their enemies rules and battle plans. She reminded them that the battered and broken souls, spirits, bodies and lives of their forebears demanded that they keep fighting. That they OWED those valiant warriors who came before them their own freedom and must honor them and pass it on to the next generation. That to save that flag that our foremothers sewed together stitch by stitch, so must we engage in every battle to defeat the enemies who seek to destroy what that flag represents.
May it be said of me ‘She fought to her dying breath and did not quit until the victory is won.’ But not just of me, an ordinary citizen Patriot, but of us all, Patriots, as one!