Sunday, March 21, 2010

After Us The Dominoes

Here's an interesting video, which has been widely viewed.

Jingoistic? Propagandistic?

Call it what you want, important ideas are communicated.

America is an exceptional nation.

We were the first colony to declare its independence from Europe. After us the dominoes started to fall; we led they way.

We were the first nation to establish a new form of government, a republic which protected the rights of its citizens, with democratic principles, so the people could participate in government through representatives. With the birth of our nation, the absolute powers of kings and tyrants began to be relegated to the trashheap of history. After us the dominoes started to fall; we led they way.

Together with our allies, we led the way toward the defeat, first of fascism, then of communism.

We have led in technology, industry, and science; we have led in human rights, finance and space exploration.

Ours is a country "of the people, by the people and for the people", where WE THE PEOPLE are in charge of our own government.

But, we are only people, and people are not perfect.

Our country has made many mistakes. There have been times when we have led, but going the wrong way.

Tomorrow's history is being made today.

Today's decisions determine whether our children will have an economic future worth having, or continue to be born deep in debt with opportunities limited through excessive taxation, socialism and globalization of our economy.

Today's decisions determine whether our nation will continue to be one where the people have inalienable rights, where an individual accused of crimes by the government may count on a presumption of innocence and a fair trial, or whether rendition and torture will become the norm.

Today's decisions determine whether our government officials will be responsible for upholding our Constitution and abiding by the law themselves, or whether they and their cronies will impose their will upon us, making us live in a draconian and corrupt police state, with them invading our privacy and asserting their privilege to not have to hear our complaints.

The day will come, and may indeed come sooner than we think, when Humanity in general, and America in particular, will be judged; and make no mistake about it, that judgement will be based on the actions of each and every one of us.

The day will come when each and every one of us will have to answer for our actions -- and for our inactions.

"I have created you, and I have endowed you with certain inalienable rights, and among these have been life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I have offered you the sure mercies of My servant David, and, like him, I have established you as a witness to the people, a leader and a commander for the people. What have you done with this opportunity?"

Choose a direction, then lead.

Decide and act wisely, because after America, the dominoes will start to fall.

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