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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Question of Duty and Honor

This November is an important election in our country's history.  I believe we are at a very critical fork in the road.  Along one path, there is a continuing dark descent into the abyss of socialism and dictatorship.  Along the other path, there is hope, light, and a future of potential as we regain the freedoms the founding fathers envisioned when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

We Americans have choices.  President and Vice-President in the Executive branch of our federal government.  Senators and Representatives to be our voices in the Legislative branch.  At the county and state level, we elect our judges.

"The Grand Experiment" is the phrase used to describe the United States of America because the founding fathers attempted to do something that had not been done in the modern world:  a country ruled by its own people instead of a king.  What a concept, right?  When asked, after the signing of the Constitution, what kind of government had been decided upon, Benjamin Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."

If we can keep it.

We have something that the rest of the world has tried to emulate ever since that time.  France was one of the first, and they failed miserably as millions died a bloody death beneath the guillotine's blade in reactionary reform efforts where there was no accountability.

We have had challenging times where our sons and daughters have had to defend our freedom with their blood and their lives, and for the most part now, we rightly honor them for their commitment and sacrifice.  Yet for all that, a disappointing number of Americans do them a great dishonor by failing to act right here at home in order to keep our freedoms.

Too many eligible voters do not vote.

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