I recently had the privilege of attending the Republican Party of Madera County’s regular monthly meeting. The featured speaker was Congressman Tom McClintock. The congressman opened with powerful thoughts about the value of American freedom. He spoke passionately about the reality that our country has been moving away, rather than towards the preservation of our freedoms, which he proposed would only lead to the waning of our nation.
He encouraged the audience to focus on the positives, the fact that just two years ago, in a landslide turnover election, the Republicans gained 63 seats in the House. He refuted the post-election party battle cry that we need to change our message, but rather trumpeted Reagan’s cry to “raise the banner of bold colors, rather than pale pastels.”
He advocated that we continue to distinguish ourselves as a party, not haze the lines. He firmly believes that “Americans are searching for the founding principles of the Republic, and want to go back to them ... we do not need to re-define principles, we need to return to them.”
As he spoke, I was moved by his conviction that America is salvageable. There is hope for this great nation of ours, but that hope lies in strength and resolve of its citizens, not in the hands of those elected to govern us. It’s imperative that our voices be heard, that we stay abreast of pertinent issues that affect our lives, and take action through exercising the liberty of voting.
The great communicator once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”