THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated. “Our lost culture”, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in all cases whatsoever” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.” The Crisis by Thomas Paine 12/23/17876. Slavery is drudgery, toil. Slavery is submission to a dominating influence. Economic poverty has always been slavery.
There are many things vexing to the human spirit these days, national debt, Social Security, ObamaCare, EPA rules and regulations, and political correctness (sic). Let us address one thing only, the underlying assumption that seniors will not embrace pain and sacrifice to save our Republic, to spare our children and grandchildren from the vicious cauldron of encroaching nationalism, progressivism, sadly socialism.
Most are thoroughly tired, exhausted, offended and extremely angry at the ignorant, boorish, ill-bred assumption of politicians that negative attack ads are necessary much less work. On both accounts Lucifer smiles and whispers, “but they are and they do work”.
‘A rising tide lifts all ships’ is often attributed to John F. Kennedy. It embraces the essence of simplicity and wisdom. And as a senior citizen may we put forth a clarion call for an end to fear and the manipulation of elderly security, targeted senior citzens. No, the Tea Party may well join, the proclamation “Sink the entire welfare system and let it rise up again with parity, responsibility, accountability and social dignity, not a tool of the misery merchants but a tool of equal justice.”
Senior citizens are far more resilient, patriotic and willing to endure the cost of getting our noble nation back on a firm economic footing. We are not Greece, France, Italy or the top 1%, and we will never forgive or forget those who will not make the tough choices, who are incapable and uninspired for the miracle of “tough love”. At the helm of our ship of state we have “cowards”, with absolutely no faith in the character of “We the People”.
It is disgusting, odious and hateful to think, believe or manipulate those of us, we “the seniors”, those unfathomable resources for experience and sagacity, those who will not now, or ever, shrink from service to our country. How dare you think so diminutively of, so callously, heartless and cruelly about, so evilly, selfishly about our souls?
The time has come to recognize that excuses like “He really believes his vision and his hallucination of a “transformation” for this noble nation is not only, not right for our country, it is dangerous! And for the likes of William James “Bill” O’Reilly, Jr., a fresh wind of wisdom, to say that we give a pass to those who should know better, but, for all that is wrong, are still true to themselves, this is an arena of unconscionable forgiveness…it is the core of almost all malevolence in our world’s history…well, it is to excuse the likes of Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti and make them less despicable than Lucifer. Intelligence, free will, and experience were meant as a gift from the Almighty “to learn”. Abuse it and you have eaten of the apple and profited nothing. Forgive the hyperbole, it is more than intentional.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.