About the only place I see America operating properly these days, that is, in its founding-father-prescribed “of, by and for the people” mode, is at its recently re-instituted Tea Parties.
To me, that’s simultaneously sad and encouraging.
Sad because it’s tantamount to having a group of honest, hard-working people (that’s us), destined for upper-story floors in our America, being forced to push the “EMERGENCY” button in a self-operated elevator.
Sad because it’s equivalent to being forced to urgently dial 911 in an apparently desperate and threatening situation in which our watch dog has either died a natural death, been killed, been fed a distracting steak by the intruder, or has gone mellow (in the head).
Sad because, too often, 911 calls to the authorities have already had-to-be settled, one way or the other by ourselves or by the intruder, before emergency people can arrive on the scene to assist—possibly even before the emergency can be made clear to the 911 dispatcher on the telephone.
Sad because patriotic and concerned men, women, teens, preteens, even little children, are compelled to take to the streets and courthouse lawns in order to communicate with our hard-headed, disinterested, not-understanding and not-knowing-what-to-do, somehow-representing-other-interests, or otherwise-disconnected “representatives” in our cities, counties, states and nation, via crudely constructed (though ingeniously worded) signs, posters and place cards at Tea Parties across America in our day.
Sad because we do not yet know what will be required of us after our Tea Party mode of operation has run its course. Americans have traditionally been ready, willing and able to bend over backwards, even to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, in order to right wrongs and to do the right thing.
Sad because our Dec. 16, 1773 Tea Party at Boston was subsequently answered by British Redcoats on April 19, 1775, when the first shot (“Shot Heard ‘Round the World”) of the American War for Independence was fired by either the British or by the American Minutemen.
Paul Revere had made his famous ride (kinda like a Tea Party notice) on the 18th to warn Patriots at Lexington and Concord, who were guarding its arsenals (think Second Amendment).
So, dramatic, sometimes tragic, sometimes world-changing events often run close together.
Sad because the bad parts of history so often have to be repeated. George Santayana, Spanish-born American philosopher and poet wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
He’s not talking about remembering how good the Chocolate ice cream cone you ate last week was and that you’ll more than likely do it again this week; maybe it’s more along the lines of remembering what the ill effects of eating that ice cream cone you ate last week (and every other week) might be on you on down the line.
Maybe not that good of an analogy. I like ice cream, of every conceivable flavour, especially cherry.
Through it all (the Tea Parties, etc.) I’m encouraged we are remembering our history in regard to Boston, Lexington and Concord.
I’m encouraged we yet have our little arsenals, evidenced by the empty ammo shelves at Wal-Mart.
I’m encouraged the little would-be tyrants in our cities, counties, states and nation are alarmed about our (we the people) being armed and rightly understanding our Second Amendment rights. King George (and much of the 1770’s English Parliament) was alarmed about Lexington and Concord...and eventually sent in their military, strongest in the world at the time.
I’m encouraged about many of the people being eager to Tea-Party again...and again...and again, if necessary, and then on to whatever is deemed necessary to make representative government work as it was designed to work and to run.
I’m encouraged to think Thomas Jefferson, and others of his founding-father ilk, would approve of our current Tea Parties.
I think they would be attending, carrying crudely constructed, yet ingeniously -worded signs, posters, and placards. Perhaps they would be referring to our Tea Parties as the beginnings, at least, of those revolutions required and conducted every-so-often in defense of and for the preservation of Liberty.
I’m encouraged by a good number of other things going on in America today, but, most of all, I’m encouraged by how so many have remembered the source of our nation’s strength: The Great I Am; The I Am That I Am; The Alpha and The Omega; The Good Lord; The Good God Almighty, Lord Jesus Christ; Yahshua; The Messiah; Yahweh; The Bright and Morning Star; The Name Above All Names; and all His other glorious names. That’s so very important, don’t you know and I perceive most of you do.
May God bless.