Whenever there’s a tragedy involving guns, politicians and media race to the microphones and declare guns need to be banned and the government needs to make it happen. Now we have a movement afoot involving children marching to state capitols and screaming constant noise.
They are a representation of what our country has become; constant noise.
As I listen to politicians pontificate about what’s best for us, I just chuckle. Why? Because I always go back to our Founders and wonder what they would have done.
Then I imagine Thomas Jefferson with a quizzical look on his face, discussing policy with Nancy Pelosi and thinking, “Man, look how far we've fallen in 250 years.”
I have a deep appreciation for our country and my favorite class in college was American History. I knew the basics of how our country was founded from reading and of course high school classes but never really delved into the constitution or the lives of our Founding Fathers. That all changed the first day of class because of my professor.
There was no liberal or conservative bias with him. He was an engaging, phenomenal lecturer who held our attention and would leave us wanting to know more. He stressed the importance of our history, the price that was paid by ordinary men who believed in freedom and who secured that very freedom for generations to come. He believed that we must all continue to fight for it.
As finals approached and our last papers were due, each of his students were to meet with him privately to go over grades and he welcomed our critiques of his class. When it was my turn, we met at a local coffee shop by campus and talked about the semester. I told him I appreciated his “middle of the road” way of teaching and he responded, “There’s no other way to teach.”
The last few moments together, I asked him about John Adams, whom I had come to admire through my studies. That led to a discussion on our other Founding Fathers and I asked him, “How do you explain how these brilliant men came together all at one time?” I’ll never forget his response. “I have been a student of history for over 40 years," he said, "and I’ve pondered that question time and again. The only explanation I have is that it was God who brought these ordinary men with extraordinary minds together to form this country. The freedom to worship, the freedom to live, the freedom to be.”
Freedom. That’s why our group exists.
WE THE PEOPLE believe in our constitutional right to bear arms, worship who we choose and speak freely without fear of retribution. We believe in small government and state’s rights. We believe in the power of an individual to pursue happiness, life and liberty and we believe that more government is not the answer. The difference between us and them is that we don’t want to tell others how to live their lives. We don’t want to impose our beliefs on anyone. We don’t want our constitutional rights stripped away little by little. We don’t destroy property, beat people with clubs for attending political rallies or pepper spray those with differing opinions.
We aren’t them. We’re better than them because of our belief system.
History has judged many and so too will we be judged. Those who fight for freedom and defend the constitution will always be on the right side of it.