I’m going to start off this post encouraging you to circulate this. Copy & paste it into emails. Link to it. Whatever feels appropriate, but if you believe like I do, pass this along to a couple of people.
All that I am, all that I have, I owe to my country and my God. My country has given me the opportunity to succeed or fail. My God has given me direction. My country has grown the food which has sustained me and my God has nourished me in ways food could not. My God has given me inalienable rights and my country–in the form of millions of men and women in uniform–have defended those rights for me.
I owe everything to my country and my God.
But I owe nothing to my government.
John Kennedy’s famous words were not “ask what you can do for your government.” They were “Ask what you can do for your country.”
My country is the black woman next door; the elderly man who fills my air conditioner with freon; the teen behind the counter at McDonald’s; the rancher who raises cattle; the farmer who grows my vegetables; and the Wall Street worker who tries to keep my investments secure. My country is the men and women who not only put their name on the line, but their lives when they sign those papers and join the military. My country is the idea that all men and women, regardless of class, race, political belief, religion, or sexual preference are created equal.
It is to these people and this dream that I owe my allegiance.
Somewhere along the way, some of America’s foundation has eroded. My government now believes I owe it my life and all that I gain. I do not.
Congress, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and every politician–whether republican or democrat, Federal or Local–should remember this. It is not we who are indebted, but they! My country elevated them to a position of guardianship. That doesn’t mean they are above anyone else, but that We, the People, invested our sacred trust in them, that they would represent our allegiance to our country by preserving the Constitution and perpetuating freedom and liberty for future generations.
I think sometimes they forget these principles. It is rarely the best man or woman for the job in Washington. Barney Frank, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, etc., these people are only there because they were able to generate millions of dollars in campaign contributions. I know many of my countrymen who would make better senators and representatives, but who will never find their name on a ballot because they do not pander to special interest groups or major lobbyists.
Despite how much tainted money these people can garner from particular blocks, it is still We, the People, that elevate them. And for that, they owe us everything they have. The government owes the country unwavering loyalty, not the other way around.
Our ancestors fought, suffered, and died to pass the torch of liberty to us. Now We, the People, have the obligation of passing that torch to the next generation. If the men and women in Washington will not represent the ideals of our Founders and refuse to defend the Constitution, then we owe it to ourselves, our ancestors, and our posterity to revoke their right to govern–to remove them from their elevated stations and to replace them with men and women who will preserve America and help us pass that torch on to our children and grandchildren.
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