07 August 2001
By Allan B. Colombo, Editor
The men who fought and died to secure the New World, America, from Great Britain knew very well that their efforts would have a profound effect on their posterity.
The sun never shown on a cause of greater worth. 'Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent--of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe. 'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected even to the end of time, by the proceedings now."
Today, this very hour, we face a similar crossroads, one that promises to influence future generations, not only here in the U.S., but everywhere else as well. You and I stand at the edge of a great, dark abyss into which we shall certainly fall if we approach any closer.
Wiggle your toes. Can you feel the rock-strewn edge at which we now stand? Approach it any further and it could give way. We and our posterity would then begin a decent into a darkness the likes of which no American has evern known before this--not even those who faced Great Britain and all her might in the years that followed our Declaration of Independence in 1776. What we do today will directly affect future generations in ways that we cannot possibly imagine.
One thing is certain, the course that America is now on, in the final analysis, will undo everything that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to achieve. Tyranny of a kind never witnessed before will most assuredly ensue. Why should other people of good cheer who hail from other nations abroad be concerned about this? Because there will be no more America, the land of the free, to flee to.
Thomas Paine, in his epic work, Common Sense, quite adequately covered the choices that stood before the American colonies at the time that this country was still only an idea in the minds of a few good men of good cheer and relatively honest intention.
"By referring the matter from argument to arms, a new area for politics is struck; a new method of thinking hath arisen. All plans, proposals, etc., prior to the nineteenth of April, i.e., to the commencement of hostilities, are like the almanacs of last year; which, though proper then, are superseded and useless now. Whatever was advanced by the advocates on either side of the question then, terminated in one and the same point, viz., a union with Great Britain; the only difference between the parties was the method of effecting it; the one proposing force, the other friendship; but it hath so far happened that the first has failed, and the second has withdrawn her influence.
"At that time the choices were clear: alignment, appeasement to some, through friendship-or sheer force, neither of which really equated to Freedom. In both, the colonists would certainly have found subjugation, gaining far too little in the transition."
Some of that day, just as today, believed that a union with Britain was to the colonies' advantage for security purposes. However, others took a more practical stance, realizing that the flavor of security (protection) offered by Britain was purely self motivated on the part of her Majesty's military and politicals. Clearly, to accept further alignment, even to gain just a littke, would mean more of the same, as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
"I have heard it asserted by some that as America has flourished under her former connection with Great Britain, the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument. We may as well assert that because a child has thrived upon milk, that it is never to have meat, or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precident for the next twenty. But even this is admitting more than is true, for I answer roundly that America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had anything to do with her. The articles of commerce by which she has enriched h erself, are the necessaries of life, and will always have a market while eating is the custom of Europe.
"But she has protected us, some say. That she hath engrossed us is true, and defended the continent at our expense as well as her own, is admitted, and she would have defended Turkey from the same motives, viz., for the sake of trade and domination."
Of course, the abyss we now face does not have the same appearance as that of the one that our Founding Fathers and the colonies faced. Although this is true, the scope is most certainly the same or even greater. For example, just as the rag-tag Americans faced a formidable foe with immense military and monetary resources at its disposal, we now do, even this day. Where the foe that the colonies faced was actively engaged in colonialism, which can be summed up as the conquering of other nation states for personal and national gain, the foe that we face in the 21st Century has far surpassed that of Great Britain in their century.
The nations of the world of the 21st Century are integrating for what they term "collective security." Most assuredly this is, to a degree, true; but it is also true that the brand of "security" that they are now promoting has, and will continue to do so, lead to the overthrow of countries and subjugation of entire nations of people for economic and personal gains. This was most evident in the recent Kosovo/Yugoslovia Conflict. The truth is that the "collective security" that many now seek to achieve will do no more than further degrade democratic principles across the globe, including here, within the United States of America.
How can this author say this with surety? Because we can easily see where "collectivism" is going today in the many comments that have come from the July, 2001 G8 summit meetings regarding G.W. Bush and his stance on a variety of issues that the previous administration sought to institutionalize. Such issues include the Kyoto Treaty, land mines, missile defense, and biological weapons. On these issues President Bush as, for the most part, acted in a responsible manner, specifically to ascertain the validity and need of each and the intentions behind their creation and continued support.
In closing, as President Bush works to back America away from the abyss it now faces, let us pray that this thing can be done without a major worldwide conflict. Let us further pray that President Bush's intentions be honorable and pleasing to our Father in Heaven. And finally, let us pray for the continuation of the U.S. Constitution, the further preservation of freedom, and a return of Biblical values to American society.
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Thank you. --Al Colombo
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