Those were the last words we heard from an American hero on September 11, 2001. Todd Beamer uttered them via cell phone just before he was joined by a number of other patriots as they stormed the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93, hijacked by radical Islamic terrorists. Beamer and the other heroes succeeded in diverting the plane – a Boeing 757 – into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania and away from its intended target: the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Since then, a different species of hijacking has metastasized over the land.
Flash forward nine years to autumn 2010, and what do you see? Do you see a nation united? Do you see prosperity? Do you see hope for a better future for your children and grandchildren? Do you see leadership and candor toward the electorate? Do you see transparency? Do you see an administration dedicated to equal justice under the rule of law? Do you see a leader standing up for America rather than bowing down to foreign potentates?
Neither do I.
Instead, I see a nation more polarized and divided against itself than at any time since even the Vietnam War protests … a turbulent time, indeed, marked by the venom and violence of radical leftists like the Weather Underground and Students for a Democratic Society. I see an economy brought to its knees by design, a hasty decline engineered by a collectivist–and, in some respects, even outright Marxist–mentality boiling with hostility towards capitalism and the very institutions and policies that created the most powerful and, at one time, most prosperous nation on the planet.
I also see a future darkened by the largest tax increases in the history of the Republic, crammed down the throats of a population already struggling with unemployment and underemployment rates not seen since the Great Depression, with yet more tax increases being touted as the elixir for the depredations of liberalism’s policies over the past 75 years.
I see obfuscation and chicanery slithering through each sentence and paragraph of multi-thousand-page legislation passed in the dead of night by congressmen and congresswomen not only lacking in a knowledge of what it says, but more ominously disinterested in gathering an understanding of what it means. The majority in Congress today has become little more than a cadre of automatons doing the bidding of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and President Barack Obama.
(As we approach Halloween, retailers and taxpayers from coast to coast might insist that the hottest and scariest masks may very well be those of the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader and the president. “Zombies on the Potomac,” if you will. Shoot, even Rush Limbaugh noted yesterday that President Obama seemed to look almost “demonic” in campaign appearances made for struggling Democrats across the country.)
I see future generations of Americans burdened by black hole massive tax increases – direct, indirect and clandestine – in a deliberate attempt to cripple the personal and corporate economic backbones of the nation, such that the only remaining avenue of survival will be governance by dictatorship. A perfectly progressive model recognizable by the erosion of personal freedom and increased dependence on government — come to think of it, are we really that far from such a condition right now?
I see a regime which is more interested in supporting foreign nations allied against one of its sovereign states, Arizona, than it is in protecting it citizens against the flood of illegal aliens and drug smugglers north across its southern border.
I see the head of the Department of Homeland Security, herself the former governor of Arizona, touting that the border is safer now than at any time in the past, while Mexican drug cartels and runners freely roam parts of Arizona and Mexican law enforcement personnel investigating the murder of an American on Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border end up dead and decapitated. Sound like any other group of crazies in the news since September 2001? For a hint, click HERE.
I see a Department of Justice more interested in ripping the blindfold from Lady Justice’s eyes to first examine a person’s race before determining whether to act or remain insouciant, especially when it comes to voting rights. The use of the term “justice” in proximity to the name “Eric Holder” has become an Internet joke.
In short, I see a regime whose promise of hope and change meant only the hope that the nation’s institutions and prosperity could be destroyed and the change from manageable or even difficult times to disaster. The people who have visited these viruses upon the nation may be fit to dictate, but they are unfit to govern a free people. Completely, unalterably and forever unfit to govern.
And so, I hope that you will join me as November 2, 2010 approaches in taking the first step in attempting to rescue the nation from the disastrous course upon which it has been regrettably placed. And if you think the last two years with the folks in power have been brutal, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet if they remain there.
Go vote. Throw these bums out. Then, let’s get to work on holding their replacements accountable.
In other words, let’s roll.