Friday, October 17, 2008

Taking Back America!

When the Founding Fathers created this great country we call America, they founded it on a key idea: human beings have rights that were given to them by God. As a result of this belief, human beings have a right to self-rule.

The problem today is that American self-government is a joke.

In 18th and 19th century America, families were the bedrock of our country. Communities took care of their own, making their own products, caring for their own buildings, and policing their own streets.

Today our country is ruled by big government and big business. The Far Left and the Far Right. Local schools have been told not to allow students to express their faith because someone a thousand miles away was offended by it. Churches cannot be allowed to enter the public sphere because their belief in a loving God is just too "radical" and "irrational" to be believed. Big businesses like Target and Wal-Mart enter our towns and suck up whatever local identity the community once had. Small businesses die away because of new laws imposed upon them from the federal government.

What's worse is that our own individuality is being wiped away as well. People talk about "being yourself" but what they really mean is that we are to be just like everyone else. Our TV shows teach us to be irresponsible while the commercials tell us to be self-indulgent.

G.K. Chesterton said that: "Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government."

If we are to really rule ourselves, we must band together as families and communities, reject the ill-notions of our secular culture, embrace the faith we have received, and fight for the things we love. This will not be easy! It will take passion! Think about that word: passion. It can be used to describe both pain and love! If we love our family, our country, and our God, we must have the passion to do what is necessary to uphold them.

And just remember one other good quote from Chesterton: "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." If saving civilization and the souls of our neighbors was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing - so when you fail or make mistakes, keep going!

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