Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Summoning John Paul Jones

We've all been following the GOP race for the upcoming presidential nomination.  If you're like me, you've seen enough of the debates and you wish Newt Gingrich would humbly bow out of a race that it looks increasingly unlikely for him to have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.  Regardless of your enthusiasm over any of the remaining four candidates, one thing is for certain- you've certainly heard the assurances of the liberal media that their anointed one, President Obama, will be easily re-elected this November.  Even the president himself said, "I've got another five years".  I hope I can look back at history books someday in my old age and remember those famous words.  They'll be buried in there somewhere with George H.W. Bush's "read my lips" gaffe.

Looking back at history, one can find that we have had ten one-term presidents since the office was first occupied by George Washington in 1789.  Included in that list are several strong presidents, including John Adams, his son John Quincy Adams, and Bush.  The last time I checked, unemployment was pushing nine percent, nearly half of Americans didn't pay taxes, and the vast majority of Americans thought the country was headed in the wrong direction.  So why is the media trying to tell me that this current president will be re-elected?  There are two reasons:

First, they have an agenda to push.  It is a politically correct strategy of appeasement made to appeal to mainstream viewers that do nothing but sit at home and watch TV.  Political correctness, as we all know, is simply tyranny with good manners.  We are talking about a media that publishes stories implying that Americans burn Korans out of bigotry rather than as a means of eliminating a method of communication for enemy prisoners; consequently, controversial stories are pushed out and American soldiers lose their lives trying to quell riots in a barbaric and primitive country.

Second, people believe them.  A co-worker of mine is a conservative Californian (yes, they do exist) and plans to vote for the Republican nominee this November.  He went on to tell me that his vote "doesn't matter" because of the progressive population that seems to always turn California blue.  Others say that there are simply too many Americans dependent on the welfare state for there to be a chance for conservatism to again govern the land.

Let me slap you in the face with the big hand of reality.  Just 16 months ago, Republicans captured the House of Representatives and nearly took the Senate.  Americans are fed up with the curse of liberalism and progressivism.  Gallup surveys say that conservatives outnumber liberals 2-1 in America and even moderates are becoming more conservative.  When you give credence to the MSNBC or Huffington Post propaganda that Obama will easily be re-elected, you discourage potential allies in the all-important upcoming vote to send the Obama administration into the history books.

My readers know about my propensity to reach for my history books when trying to make a point.  Today I am pleased to tell you of the story of Captain John Paul Jones.  Jones was the commander of the U.S. naval vessel Bonhomme Richard during the Revolutionary War's Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779.  Outgunned in a fight with HMS Serapis, Jones made every effort to lock the ships together, which allowed his Marines to carry the fight onto the British vessel.  It was during this time that Jones responded to the British call for his surrender with his famous words:

"I have not yet begun to fight!"

The British continued to press the offensive and asked him again to "strike" his flag of surrender, to which he replied:

"I may sink, but I'll be damned if I strike (surrender)."

Guess whose ship wound up sinking?  Well, it was actually Joneses' ship that ended up at the bottom of the sea, but it didn't sink before Jones and his victorious men had boarded the HMS Serapis and continued their mission.

We need to figure out if we want to surrender or if we want to fight on.  Right now the media and the water cooler progressives want you to know that Obama can't be beaten.  They want to offer you an early surrender and show you why his administration is so beneficial to our country.  I ultimately believe that we the people should not put our hope in the president for the well-being of our nation.  The people, driven by their Godly values and dependence on the One who ultimately provides, are responsible for that.  A moral and responsible people will elect a man who reflects those values; in contrast, immature and morally bereft people will elect people who could care less about adherence to moral principles that built our country into the greatest country on Earth.  With that said, a strong head of state and a strong supporting cast in Congress is instrumental to putting us back on the right track.

"When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order."- Proverbs 28:2

"When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."- Proverbs 29:2

I hear groaning everywhere I go, and I'm sick of it.  I'm sick of the state-run media and I'm sick of hearing people whine and complain about how terrible everything is.  Are we going to surrender and put our heads between our legs for four more years of Obama, or are we going to begin to fight?

Take a lesson from John Paul Jones and don't get sidetracked from doing your duty as an American citizen.  While politics may be seen as a personal matter, you should understand that this is an important election for you, me, our kids, their kids, and their kids after that, and as far as the American eye can see, and there are plenty of people more interested in American Idol than government.  Fixing the attitude of apathy is truly change we can believe in.

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