Liberty. Liberty is government restrained at every turn. This is no starry-eyed faith in the individual citizen. “Liberty” is recognition of the historic fact that individual citizens empowered by the force of law become, at best, no better than the rest of us and, at worst, utterly given over to a lust for power and riches.
Limited self-government follows.
Fiscal responsibility. Money is the fuel stoking the fires of tyranny. Or, as Marx put it, “Capital is social power.” Money talks. Money is power. Say it how you want, when people we entrust with government power cut themselves free from the constraint of fiscal soundness, they sail their haughty ships on a sea of debt and taxes.
Equal justice under the law. Equal. The law treating you, the same as me. Democrats who claim this principal fail to realize that they are the ones who have strayed far from equal justice under the law. Law, blind to all of the characteristics they separate us into so that they can apply the law unequally to some. Commit the crime, do the time. No special groups who get to sue other less favored citizens. No financial aid based on which blocks you check. No preferences. No affirmative action other than affirmatively, doggedly, even aggressively making sure that every citizen is treated exactly the same under the law.
Military strength. I am going to add, “general” military strength. Defending the nation is the responsibility of every citizen. Own a firearm suitable for combat. Have an assigned place among your fellow armed citizens — a militia. Take training. Return to the draft. Every nation in history has fallen to some other nation. Every one. Why do people in the United States fantasize that we are any different? Where are the Hittites, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians? Where for that matter, are the seemingly invincible Soviets of only a few years ago? Where are Mohammed’s waves sweeping across Europe — other than as bedraggled, frightened, desperate refugees? Gone. Gone, that’s where. Even the Romans. Empires lasted for centuries, and then they were not more. We need armed forces brimming with weapons and strong, tough men. There is no room in a strong, tough military for those wanting sex-change operations.
The flag. The National Anthem. Our armed forces. Our battle legends. Our Founders. Our landmarks and symbols from Valley Forge to Gettysburg to Pearl Harbor. All of these should be revered as the historic and living manifestation of the dream of liberty under limited self-government, where no title is honored greater than “American citizen,” where no American is any more special than any other American. We share these powerful symbols and traditions — and those who tear at them, stomp on them, and mock them are either our avowed enemies, or they are deluded by our avowed enemies. Perhaps the most powerful American symbol is the rifle, the flintlock of our Revolution years, and now the AR-15. Never give it up to those other people who demand a monopoly on firearms.
Unity. Shared basic principles stated above define “Americans.” When Americans dishonor our history and our principles, we become weak. Our enemies sharpen their knives and lick their chops. Black Americans influenced by the incessant anti-American propaganda we hear every day: get down on your knees and thank God that — for whatever purpose — your African ancestors were sold into slavery by other Africans, and dropped off at Charleston or Savannah instead of into South America, or Haiti. Thank God they got to America, or you might live in Equatorial Guinea. Never forget that only a few short centuries ago, white people were bought and sold and chained and whipped and died in slavery, too. Understand that white Christian people who were so revolted by the notion that one of God’s children could “own” others, that they broke the chains slavery. White Christians repealed the putrid laws that enforced slavery. White Christians died by the tens of thousands ending slavery in America. Indeed, angry young black college students acting so entitled: the most recent slaves are the oppressed white people of central Europe, only recently set free from the Evil Empire formerly known as the Soviet Union. They were finally freed only because of America.
Leaders would unite us. Leaders would draw deeply from the well of American principles, teach those principles to the ignorant, and stand on those principles to inspire the misguided. Leaders would refrain from using their power to plunder our wealth. Leaders would guard us from outside threats. Leaders would not abuse our military volunteers by moving them like pawns across the world. Leaders would rebuff sycophants seeking favors, instead of embracing them into a bloated club where they all meet at the Hamptons and share government contracts and speaking engagement invitations. Such “leaders” view the rest of us as a “basket of deplorables.”
Finally, and most importantly, I have to write what many Americans do not want to hear. Even my libertarian friends think that liberty exists somehow of its own nature, as if some particle inherent in the Big Bang. Liberty is man’s nature because man was created by man’s God. No God? No liberty. No goodness. No reason to exist. No purpose, no direction in history. No God, and there is merely the coincidental collision of restless animals who are born, live and die and are no more. Without God, there is no America and there never could have been an America. Without God, might makes right, and the most violent horde rules — for a time — until swept away by a later ruthless horde. Understand, those of you mocking the notion of God: the anti-God propaganda and the anti-American propaganda are companion murderers seeking to kill our country. Attacks on human physical nature and Christians are intentional subversions of the very ideas that make America possible. I know you do not want to hear this, but, look around you, and see the evidence of an America without God, and tell me it’s good. Tell me it will last. Tell me it ought to last.
Without God, America won’t endure and there’s no reason why America should.