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America is Worth the FightOctober 20, 2010
This is to all America's patriots who are weary. Weary as they watch their country being dismantled bit by bit, with amazing speed. As we call, write and plead with our leaders to what seems to be no avail, it is easy to become discouraged. We helplessly wring our hands as we watch legislation being passed without it even being written, listen to Legislators openly dismiss the Constitution (Pelosi, CA) and blatantly tell us "the federal government can pretty much do anything it wants" (Starks, CA). Unconstitutional czars are given power and money that impact our lives in a very real way. Memos that expose corrupt men willing to execute amnesty without any Congressional input come to light. Bailout after bailout continue without any regard to our free market system or to our future generations. We are afraid of our government.

It would be easy to say the battle is too big and give up. But we must not give up. We must fight on. Because we are fighting to preserve something the world has never had. We are fighting to preserve a country based on principles and laws that give freedom and opportunity to any man like none before it.

As I think of past low points of our history and the history of other nations, it encourages me to fight on.

Remember George Washington's many losses and great struggles at Valley Forge as his men deserted, starved and limped about with bloody feet. And then the battle of Saratoga where the tide of the Revolutionary War turned in the Colonist's favor. Remember the internal fighting amongst the Colonies after the Revolutionary War was won so that many feared the nation would eventually self destruct. But the wisdom and integrity of our Founding Fathers won the day as the men at the Continental Congress hammered out the miracle of our Constitution — the oldest and shortest Constitution in the world that launched the greatest country of the world. Remember the continued losses for the North during the Civil War and then the turning point of Gettysburg. Remember the Brit's resolve to fight the Nazis in spite of nightly bombings on their cities with Churchill's "never, never, never, never give up" leadership.

Then I look into the future and see an America not many would want for our children and grandchildren. One where homes are shoddy and run down, because people can no longer afford to maintain them. I see homes where lights are dim and sweltering nights are not comforted with air conditioning because some unelected agency elitists won the debate on the false science of carbon emissions. Now "power grids," manned by some distant central planner regulate your thermostat. We are driving the one to two seat cars that are essentially lawn mowers on wheels.

Can you hear the frustrated mothers shrugging their shoulders at out-of-control children because there are no fathers in the home? The State's promise to be all things to all people has failed miserably — again. Alcoholism and drug abuse are rampant among young and old, similar to the addictions that plagued Russia and still do because there is no hope for a better life. Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Prov. 13:12a).

There are few truly elderly or mentally or physically handicapped children around anymore. Socialized medicine doesn't pay for their care.

We are a nation where Shari'a law is acknowledged and other countries demand homage so freedom as we've known it is simply a faint memory of the past.

Slavery, no longer just in the cotton fields, but in all areas of the workplace is the norm because of the monstrous taxation of the state so that a few may continue to live extravagant lives on the backs of the people. As Abraham Lincoln so succinctly summed up socialism: "That old serpent: You work, I'll eat." Age-old truths of living beyond your means have come home to roost.

This bleak picture is not new to our world. It is the story of many countries today as it has been the history of monarchies and dictatorships of the past. There is always wealth and there has always been oppression. But America has been and still is different. At least is still is. America is different because America's law is based on the justice and rightness of Scripture and the truth of man's nature. And if America's laws can be destroyed and altered to satisfy the whims of man, instead of the truths laid out in our Judeo-Christian heritage, we are bound to repeat the history of so many other cultures.

Thomas Jefferson understood that our government could become corrupt but always believed the correct education of the people would right the ship. In 1782, he said: "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree."

Even when everything looks so dim, we must fight on. America is worth fighting for, Patriots! You don't know the history of our great country and its Constitution? Educate yourselves. Read the Declaration of Independence alongside the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Dig deeper with the Federalist Papers. Seems too daunting of a task by yourself? Seek out people who do know and ask them to help you.

Educate your children. While some students are getting it through teachers who still love America, the vast majority of our children aren't and you must accurately educate them and your grandchildren. It is imperative that future generations understand what we have in this country and what will happen to them if it is lost. History is important. Truth matters. Be the one who helps to restore that sense of patriotism for our great country in the future generations. A significant reason our Constitution was the success it was was due to our Founder's vast understanding of history and studying previous government's strengths and weaknesses. They knew history as it truly occurred. Let's make sure our children have the same great teaching.

Spend a great deal of time on your knees before the God of the Bible. As Abraham Lincoln said: "Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance on God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide for the right." — October 24, 1863 remarks to the Baltimore Presbyterian Synod.

Study the Progressive movement in the early 20th Century to see where we went wrong. Let politicians know we don't want an elitist/agency/bureaucrat run country. Russia, China, Cuba — those are agency run countries where some centralized bureaucrat makes the decisions for the multitudes. Look at the misery of their people. Is that what we are aiming for? We don't need a handout or another regulation or another agency or bureaucracy to figure out the problem.

We're a Republic OF THE PEOPLE, not a nation of sheep led by a few "all knowing" and "all perceiving." We the people are still the basis of our country's greatness. Offer solutions to our leaders. Call them and offer ideas as to how our state and country might return to its greatness.

As we further understand that governance based on the principles of the Constitution is the litmus test for legislation, and that government is not the grantor of our rights, but that God is, we will be more confident and vigilant in protecting those rights. We simply need laws based on the powers enumerated in our Constitution and people willing to abide by them. So you realize they are passing laws left and right that have no Constitutional basis? Hold them accountable! Tell others what they are doing and get them out of power as quickly as you can.

Run for office. Be that individual of integrity, selflessness and wisdom who runs for county supervisor, school board member, mayor or state legislator. Understanding the Constitution (and Iowa's Constitution) doesn't just apply to the big guys in D.C or Des Moines. It should impact every law we enact at every level.

Teach your children the importance of being a selfless people who live righteous lives so that they too may one day serve their country in some such capacity.

Quit worrying how you will look to the neighbors if you stand up for what is right. Honesty, truth, courage, integrity, character — these are what matter at this point in our country's history. These traits may be in short supply in the halls of legislators, but I don't believe they are lacking in the American people.

Don't give up, Patriot. The fight is worth it. The future of our country needs you like it has never needed you before. On March 4, 1861, in Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, he said: "Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty." May Lincoln's sentiments hold true 149 years later.

Tammy Kobza,
President, Iowa Eagle Forum

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