Real patriots stand up for what is right. Real patriots keep moving forward in the face of obstacles and adversity.
And real patriots understand that the rule of law and the Constitution are not merely words used in speeches to get a warm fuzzy from the crowd — but require tending and respect to maintain the foundations of our government.
We will not stop in the face of adversity. And we do not surrender the rule of law, the values that form the foundation of American government, or respect for the Constitution to anyone.
The fight for "a more perfect union" continues anew…every single day. Loss only comes when the last patriot surrenders.
Sometimes it seems as though the corruption, mendacity, and outright self-dealing thievery inside the Beltway are beyond anything this nation has ever seen. But students of history know that it’s more of the same, just an ever-changing set of smarm merchants after their own personal agenda and chunk of the tax dollar pie. From an Atlantic Monthly article in 1860, found in the compilation volume "The American Idea:"
How very far practice is from any likeness to theory a week’s experience of our politics suffices to convince us. The very government itself seems an organized scramble, and Congress a boys’ debating-club, with the disadvantage of being reported. As our party-creeds are commonly represented less by ideas than by persons (who are assumed, without too close scrutiny, to be exponents of certain ideas), our politics become personal and narrow to a degree never paralleled, unless in ancient Athens or mediaeval Florence. Our Congress debates and our newspapers discuss, sometimes for day after day, not questions of national interest, not what is wise or right, but what the Honorable Lafayette Skreemer said on the stump, or bad whiskey said for him, half a dozen years ago. The next Presidential election looms always in advance, so that we seem never to have an actual chief Magistrate, but a prospective one, looking to the chance of reelection, and mingling in all the dirty intrigues of provincial politics with an unhappy talent for making them dirtier. We are kept normally in that unhappiest of predicaments, a state of transition, and politicians measure their words and deeds by a standard of immediate and temporary expediency — an expediency not as concerning the nation, but which, if more than merely personal, is no wider than the interests of party.
— James Russell Lowell, The Election In November, 1860. pp. 3-4.
Same battle for better government, just new names on the national program.
What it requires is that citizens keep demanding better, and doing the work to get just that. Let me just take a moment to thank all of you for all the calls, faxes, in person discussions and every other bit of work that all of you have put in the last few years. Standing up for the rule of law and the Constitution is important, and you are all patriots for standing for what the Founders risked their lives to establish. Bravo to all of you — and thank you.
Here is to more sunshine in the days ahead…
(Seemed like a Mr. Smith Goes To Washington sort of day to me.)