The Unfinished War

Obviously, we need to talk health care.

But we need to start with foreign policy. Stick with me. We’re going places.

One of the things that conservatives have spent endless, frustrating hours attempting to explain to liberals is the fact that the world is not a nice place. If we put away all of our guns, bad guys will still want to fight us. If we dismantle every nuclear weapon in our possession the Russians will keep theirs, and the Iranians will work even faster on theirs. If we apologize for everything we ever did or thought of doing or that someone else thought of accusing of us of doing people will still feel aggrieved. And if we double our foreign aid? They will take that as the new base requirement, and quadruple it.

The world is not fundamentally a nice place that Americans came along and ruined with their evil competitive natures and their greed and egoism. Nope, the world is fundamentally a dangerous place where constant vigilance is required to keep violence and disaster at bay.

Conservatives get this when it comes to foreign policy. We’re pretty clear on it when it comes to natural disaster.

But we seem to have forgotten that it applies to domestic policy.

Here’s my bright side to the health care debacle. It’s about time someone took America by the shoulders and gave the country a good, solid, firm shaking. We need it. We’ve grown too fat and complacent, and we’ve managed to forget something. Violence, injustice, and inequality are the fundamental traits of the world. It takes sacrifice and vigilance to build a shelter from that reality. That applies to the world beyond our borders, and it applies at home as well.

With a big, heartfelt exception for the military servicemen, servicewomen and their families, what have we sacrificed for liberty lately?

If there’s one thing I believe even the most ardent conservative needs to understand about our Constitution that they don’t understand now it is this: the Constitution was not a victory in a war. It was a victory in a battle. The war was never over.

The war I’m talking about is the eternal endeavor to leave this world a better place for our children. And it wasn’t over in 1776 (or in 1787) for two reasons:

First of all, the Constitution didn’t settle all the basic, essential political questions. It didn’t end slavery, as much as many of our founders wanted the practice to end. And as long as some human beings were considered inferior to others, our war was not won.

On the other side, the forces opposed to liberty and equality were not defeated by the Constitution. They were merely held at bay. And for the last 100 years they have been steadily at work here in the United States attempting to dilute, pervert, and displace the Constitution and all it stands for.

So come on folks. The people of this great nation know how to handle defeat. We turn it into victory. Sure, Pearl Harbor is a day that lives in infamy, but it was a damn sight more useful to this nation in our darkest hour as a blood-red banner, pointing the way ahead. So let’s remind ourselves of what we should never have forgotten in the first place:

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

“[Oppose] with manly firmness [any] invasions on the rights of the people.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.” – Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.” – Patrick Henry

“No one can find a safe way out for himself if socety is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result.” – Ludwig von Mises

“Maybe I did well and maybe I led the battle but nobody ever said we were going to win this thing at any point in time. Eternal vigilance is required and there have to be people who step up to the plate, who believe in liberty, and who are willing to fight for it.” – Milton Friedman

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” – John Philpot Curran

“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.” – Andrew Jackson

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – Wendell Phillips

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Freedom is never an achieved state; like electricity, we’ve got to keep generating it or the lights go out.” – Wayne LaPierre

“Voting is no substitute for the eternal vigilance that every friend of freedom must demonstrate towards government. If our freedom is to survive, Americans must become far better informed of the dangers from Washington — regardless of who wins the Presidency.” – James Bovard

“If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.” – Thomas Sowell

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.” – Somerset Maugham

“The trade-off between freedom and security, so often proposed so seductively, very often leads to the loss of both.” – Christopher Hitchens

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” – General Douglas MacArthur

“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” – Daniel Webster

“Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass

“… in every generation the idea of liberty must be reasserted by those with the vision to see through the fog, and rediscovered by the young and courageous.” – Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all — security, comfort, and freedom. When … the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.” – Sir Edward Gibbon

Let’s win this country back, and when we do let’s remember to pass these two solemn heirlooms on to the next generation: our sacred liberty, and our sacred obligation to protect that liberty.

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  1. sharon says:

    Great piece Robert, quite a talent.

  2. Psydog says:

    What a powerful set of quotes. This whole affair stinks more than a battlefield of fallen soldiers. I think only God knows the great mortal danger this path our lawmakers are hurtling us down has caused. The citizens of the United States have been thrown under the bus by the very people who are supposed to serve them. Washington has forgotten who they work for and the citizens of the United States need to demand representation. Some of our citizens have woken up, but the vast majority seem to be wholly indifferent to what is about to happen to them. God help us all,I pray for a political awakening.

  3. Gail B. says:

    It is this website that enables me to go to sleep at night and rest.

    It is Jeff’s website and such writers as Robert Wallace, John Feeny, Rick Saunders, Ronald Glenn, and Dr. William Harvey (who are only five of the EQUALLY talented 15 writers besides Jeff himself) where I get my hope for America’s future and the understanding necessary for PROPER action. These are dangerous times.

    May God bless you every one and keep you safe. The Lord knows that we need you!

  4. Gail B. says:

    I can’t believe we are actually paying those people to destroy our country and enslave free Americans!

  5. Old Richard says:

    Robert;
    Great article !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Great Quotes !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Seems to me one was missing.
    Something about the tree of liberty needing watering.
    I will not advocate an armed uprising but I will not accept
    an unopposed take over of my country. If we need to fight
    then fight we must. I’m old I’m tired, but I’m not going to
    leave my grandchildren this ness if I can do any thing to change
    it, even if it is revolution.

    Old Richard

  6. Boston Blackie says:

    OUTSTANDING!!

  7. William A. Rose says:

    This is exactly the kind of thing every true American, every true Patriot needs to see. Perhaps such things would spur us to action.

    I think everyone would agree that all the government leaders at the Federal level, and probably at the State level need to go find another job. McDonald’s is always hiring. We need people with the backbone and mindset of the Founding Fathers. Where are such people? Do they even exist anymore?

    Robert is correct. We’ve become too fat and too complacent. Are we willing to finally step up and so what needs to be done to take our liberty back? If yes, then there will be great sacrifice. If no, then there will be great sacrifice.

    I’ve had almost 45 years of a safe and free life. It’s not unreasonable to me that maybe now would be the time for a fight.

    Just my thoughts.

  8. Patriot says:

    Sign me up, When and where is boot camp?
    If we had a seance, and called forth the forefathers, tell me they wouldn’t say put an end to this crap. I’m ordering me that flag, the Gadsden flag; it just so happens my father that defeated National SOCIALISM in Germany, lives on Gadsden Road.

  9. Linda B. says:

    Robert, great piece and such inspiring quotes.

    I know it is hard not to grieve over the passage of this healthcare disaster. Most of us studied the issue and educated ourselves and then took the fight to our senators and representatives only to have the bill passed by those who are more intent on its passage than on the will of the people.

    Seventy-Three Per Cent of the country 73% did not want Obamacare, but they passed it anyway so who did they represent? socialized medicine?; George Soros?; “Whiteness”?; a president’s ego trip? The fact remains they did not represent the people who elected them. They passed this bill to give healthcare to all which will never occur because a financial crisis will intervene. It costs too much and the government cannot run its current programs, but it sounded so good for it disguised their true intend – to exert control over the people’s liberties and to make themselves the holders of power.

    These conspirators have gone to the dark side and embraced evil because evil is not just crimes it is the use of one’s own will over others. Even God does not interfere in the free will of humans to decide, but they do. They negated the constitution and voted for more debt for the American people and voted for more taxes and less healthcare.

    However, I just wanted you to know that we “the people” will not allow them to make a mockery of this country and pull her down into the slime of evil. We will shine the light of truth upon their actions because we will never give up this fight. When our forefather’s gave of themselves to create this country and its blueprint, the Constitution of the United States of America, the battle cry was “Taxation without Representation” and began the first American Revolution, now these same words “Taxation Without Representation” have begun the SECOND REVOLUTION. It is here and like our forefathers before us we will not fail.

  10. Lilly says:

    Thank you Robert! Love the quotes and you are completely correct. Nov 2010 & 2012!!

  11. whats_up says:

    Linda says:

    Seventy-Three Per Cent of the country 73% did not want Obamacare,

    Linda with all due respect I believe that your numbers are way off here. That doesnt help with the conversation at all. The two most recent polls that I saw before the vote had it at almost 50/50. One poll had 48% supporting, 47% opposed, the other flipped those numbers. To claim that 3/4 of this country opposed this is simply wrong and doesnt help the conversation.

  12. whats_down says:

    100% of us would probably like a jet-ski, but that doesn’t mean the governments place is to give it to us, or even that they can AFFORD it.

    Other wastes of money, when bought on credit: space travel, ACORN, tunnels for turtles, you name some more people……..

    Even if we were swimming in surpluses, which we will never be, there are more things than not that are frivolous.

  13. Boston Blackie says:

    Whats_Up,
    If I may be bold enough to defend Linda’s comments;

    From The Rasmussen Reports

    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday(3/23/10) shows that 31% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –10. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats now Strongly Approve of the President’s performance while 70% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 23% Strongly Approve and 45% Strongly Disapprove. These results are based upon daily telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, two-thirds of the interviews for today’s update were completed before the House of Representatives passed health care legislation on Sunday.
    As the House passed the health care plan proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats, just 41% of voters supported the plan. The final numbers for Congress before passing the health care proposal showed that just 11% believe the legislature is doing a good or an excellent job. Sixty-four percent say Congress is doing a poor job.

  14. I see your Jeff, and I raise you says:

    Gail, but I thought my comments were to keep you AWAKE at night.

  15. Gail B. says:

    Patriot–
    I found that flag (3′ x 5′ and made in the USA) in a tobacco and gift shop in McDonough, GA. You might see if you can find something similar where you are.

  16. Gail B. says:

    No, Jeff. I still have that email you wrote me on how to get to sleep without reading a case book of yours. “Call.”

  17. whats_up says:

    Boston,

    Okay, so nowhere in those nubmers does it say that 73% of the population opposess this healt care bill. The most you can get is 59%, other polls have it at almost a split. What we can tell is that a sizeable bloc of the American public does support this bill. Is it the best bill, no, but since the GOP has refused to even address this when they were in power, people will take a bad bill over no bill. This is a serious issue, one we were told by the GOP and conservatives that wasnt important, that there was really never a problem. Reminds me of the speechs that the GOP gave before this current recession hit. Affordable health care is an issue, and absent any kind of governing from the right, this is what you get.

  18. Snake says:

    Gail, already ordered it. Thanks!

  19. Randy Wills says:

    To “whats-up”.

    I think that both your numbers and Linda’s are based on published material, albeit different methods and sources. Linda’s may be the same numbers that I saw as a result of an MSNBC Online poll which basically asked “Are you excited/pleased by the passing of the bill?” or “Are you angry/afraid as a result of the bill being passed?” The ratio, at a half a million votes, was about 26% for the first question and about 69% for the second.

    Just a little “oil on the water”.

    Randy

  20. Psydog says:

    High Crimes and Misdemeanors!!! The “yeas” are traitors to the Constitution. They should be run out on a rail. They have disgraced the honor of elected office. I’m glad my representatives voted “nay”! They may have a job come November.

  21. Linda B. says:

    Sorry for the delay in responding, but a job and family intervened. I have searched my information for the source of the 73% quote and I have not been able to find it. I have/had no intention of furnishing any numbers just to bolster a case against Healthcare and I will continue to search for my source. Having said that, I will also state that it depends upon the phrasing of a question as to the response pollsters receive. If you asked the public “How many of you are in favor of healthcare reform?” You would receive one response. If you asked the general public “Are you in favor of the current healthcare bill if it raises taxes?” You would receive a different response number. I believe the point “whats-up” made is well taken. One needs to be an honest broker and state where the information came from and also include the question asked of the public. I appreciate all those who offered and explanation for my figures. Thank you.

    Again, I will continue to search for the source of my figures. I normally quote my information and state the source, but I was so infuriated by the passage of this legislation and the results it will have on the American Taxpayer and American businesses that I just pounded out my feelings in my response. Sometimes the heart overrules the head.

  22. George says:

    You are missing one quote…
    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
    — Winston Churchill

  23. NILESFREE says:

    It doesn’t even matter. Pretty soon the financial bubble we’re living in will pop and healthcare will be the last thing on anyones mind. The biggest impact that can be made is for Christians to spread the Gospel.

  24. Anonymous says:

    2:13 is right.
    The collapse is near.

  25. FUEL THE MONSTERS says:

    By 57-42, Democrats rejected an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., barring federal purchases of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for sex offenders. Coburn said it would save millions, while Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., called it “a crass political stunt.”

    SCREW YOU, AND YOUR CHILDREN….. it seems

  26. Ian R Thorpe says:

    Be positive Robert. When Barry has reached out to the whole world and told everyone about hope and change we will all join hands and sing Kumbaya and suddenly we will be living in a utopian global village.

    Seriously, as you mentioned nuclear weapons I wonder if Barry understands yet that the Russians had him over a barrel on arms reduction. Rounding up the figures because I’m lazy, Russia had 2700 strategic nuclesar weapons 1400 of which were obsolete and beyond repair. The USA had 2100 all of which were in working order if not exactly state of the art. Barry’s great foreign policy trimuph was to agree a 30$ reduction on both sides. Thus the US will end up with 1400 weapons that work and Russia will have exactly as many usable weapons as they had before. No wonder the Chinese are so keen to do business with Obama’s administration.

    BTW Over a barrel is one of those British nautical expressions Jeff likes. When a ship had been at sea for several weeks and the guys were getting twitchy they would strip the cabin boy and bend him over a b… well we don’t need to go any further up that road :-)

  27. Gail B. says:

    I won’t be using THAT expression anymore! Thanks, Ian.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Now we’re over a barrel, and they’re on Federal viagra.

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