A Republic, If You Can Keep It

On the occasion of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was asked by an onlooker outside of Freedom Hall what sort of government America would have. “A republic, if you can keep it,” answered Dr. Franklin. Ben Franklin knew that throughout history the liberty of a freed people has far more often been jeopardized by forces from within than from without.

2020 has been the year of middle America’s radical reprogramming. For decades now the malcontents in politics and media have been chipping away at our culture and values, content with the incrementalist approach, but the tumult of 2020 has provided an opportunity like never before to remake America in their image. To quote former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, “never waste a crisis.” This year they abandoned incrementalism and attacked middle America with the perfect cocktail of guilt, fear and deception. Where once opposition to their radical positions was met with a rap on the knuckles from the stately explainers, free thinkers are now subject to the whims of an unbridled mob.

They produce study after study, and make promise after promise. They tell you that the economy cannot reopen, or everyone will die, that anthem protests aren’t disrespectful to the flag, and that you and your neighbors are all unwittingly abetting racism. All of it lies. Radical operators have hijacked a legitimate public health crisis, and a decades long civil rights movement to achieve their personal goal of unmaking America as we know it, and the old guard of liberalism has sat back and watched.

Before the dawn of the modern conservative movement in the late 1950s, our party was often called “the stupid party.” Great thinkers and communicators like Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek and Ronald Reagan fought to toss off that mantle, and for decades we have matched the left study for study, speech for speech. But perhaps now what we need is not another study. Maybe we don’t need another aspirational figure or legendary orator. Maybe it is time we carried our own water.

The late great Charlie Daniels once opined that “What this world needs is a few more rednecks, people who ain’t afraid to take a stand.” Maybe the answer to the woes of middle America is a little homespun gumption. We have never graced the learned halls of the Ivies, or authored any studies commissioned by the State Department, but we were endowed by our creator with a commodity that seems to be in short supply in the ranks of our adversaries, common sense, and it doesn’t take much of that to discern that this summer our country took a major turn for the worse.

The time has come to draw a line in the sand. In Washington D.C.. we have a mayor who is pushing for the erasure of the memory of nearly every person who had anything to do with the formation of this nation, from Francis Scott Key to Benjamin Franklin (one time president of the Pennsylvania abolitionist league). New York City is now indistinguishable from Gotham City, except that in New York the demented clown is the mayor. Elected officials up and down the ballot are pushing for the destruction of our economy and the livelihoods of working people in the name of science, a favorite Trojan horse of the radicals. Truth is out of vogue. The revolution is here, it is happening, and if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, we will lose our country. Doing the right thing must be more important to us than being liked, or we will got the way of the Romans.

In one of his greatest sermons, my late pastor Dr. Doug Sager punctuated a controversial message from the pulpit on the decline of American culture with the following. “I’m just a man. One day I will assume room temperature, but as long as there is breathe in my body, from the top of my grey head to the bottoms of my feet, I’m going to be in the fight.” Now is not the time for everyday Americans to retreat from the public sphere like the captains of industry in Ayn Rand’s dystopian novels. We must hold fast to our beliefs, proudly espouse them, support like minded candidates for office, and weather the storm of radicalism that has descended on this, the last best hope for mankind.

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