Elder Patriot – In 1949, George Orwell predicted that by 1984 the communist insurgency that is engulfing our country today would be completed. He might’ve hit the year exactly except that in 1980 Americans put their trust in Ronald Reagan rather than the establishment elites of either party.
Reagan bought us an additional 32 years of freedom and prosperity, though the forces of darkness continued encroaching against both until Americans once again turned to a dynamic outsider to save them – Donald Trump.
Reagan’s words are timeless, as prescient today as they have been throughout history and as they were when he spoke them more than a half-century ago:
“You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down: [up] man’s old — old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism… those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.”
Today President Trump faces maybe an even greater challenge than Reagan did because we are now being “told increasingly” that our choice is between the left and the far-left and that conservatism is hate.
Trump has proven that he understands Madison’s warning at the founding of our country. The only protection that still remains between “we the people” and complete tyranny is the Second Amendment and Trump immediately moved to protect that witht eh appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Two world wars achieved our oppressors’ goal of standing armies and the vertical integration of our news outlets has gutted our other protections.
The Second Amendment only has relevance, of course, if Americans are still prepared to fight for their freedoms. Only they can make that decision but they should heed the words of Ronald Reagan as they consider their role in history:
“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We can preserve for our children this, last best hope of man on earth, or we can sentence them to take the first step into a 1000 years of darkness.”
Trump may not be perfect and he may be rough around the edges but he is all that stands between another decade of an independent America and the end to our right of self-determination.
In the now immortal words of Ben Franklin:
“We must hang together, gentlemen… else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”