Lately I feel like a woman waking from a long coma looking around to find that everything changed and I hardly recognize the landscape. I’ve been researching the underpinnings of the credit market freeze that crippled our company , and that has been the jumping off point into my education about the current American political landscape.
Some background about me as my frame of reference for my review of American politics 2009.
My father’s family came to America from England in 1639 a full 137 years before our first civil war, the American Revolution. My family was active in the American Revolution, one of my ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence for Maryland. Something I’ve always been aware of, peeking for his name when I pass the Declaration on display.
My mother’s family is more recent immigrants, coming to America in the wave of Polish immigration between 1795 and 1918 as Poland was endlessly divided and occupied by it's neighbors.
Why did these two families pick up their belongings and their family members and float across the pond to a foreign land? What continues to bring immigrants to our country today? Short answer: Freedom, but what does that mean? What is it that makes the American experiment unique in all the world? The answer lies in the opportunity for self-determination down to the level of each individual family. None of our ancestors came to America in search of a hand out, they came in search of the opportunity to sink or swim on their own merits. Our nation’s Constitution affords us this right and this opportunity to live our lives free from undue interference and restriction by our government.
This opportunity for self-determination, the opportunity to make independent decisions about education, profession, religion, family life, etc., this is the American dream, but it is in grave danger of slipping away.
We stand today at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. Our government has been overstepping its constitutional bounds for many years. For my part I’ve been so busy building our business that I’ve not had the time to look around and see what’s been going on, but the slow down we’ve experienced has given me the time and new eyes to see.
I will stand today as my ancestors stood in generations past to ensure our rights of self-determination. I will oppose as I am able my government’s attempts to enslave me to an agenda which seeks to rob me of the fruits of my labor as our ancestor’s did so long ago in that Boston harbor. I will work to teach our children of the bravery of their ancestors in this fight against tyranny, but above all I will seek first God and his Kingdom and ask him to guide us in our struggle.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!
God Bless America!