"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." – Winston Churchill
This famous quote just about sums up the total of the current atmosphere surrounding America. Whether it's regarding domestic or foreign affairs, there comes a time to fight. The best time is when the losses would be few and the cost of lives avoided. This is the point Mr. Churchill references when the victory would be a sure thing. If the choice to fight is continually delayed, the cost of that fight becomes more enormous, even to the point of losing the entire war while dying in the process.
Surely, it is a good thing to pick and choose ones battles. However, how many battles have Americans chosen to consider minor to avoid fighting only to discover those minor battles were part of a larger offensive?
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Yes, this quote from Winston Churchill more than likely referenced military battles; but, a fight is not always one involving force. Americans failed to fight against the advance of communist, socialist, Marxist ideology and progressive/ liberal agendas. The result is substandard education resembling indoctrination to ideologies than teaching individuals to independently think or function as productive members of society; it is the ever rapidly expanding welfare, police and slave state – a country being stripped of freedom. Sen. Joseph McCarthy was berated in his endeavor to search out communism in America and eradicate it. Wonder what the outcome would have been if more Americans had fought alongside McCarthy?
Going back even further, America heralded, with unprecedented applause, the socialist programs implemented by Franklin D. Roosevelt, tolerated the establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank, ratified a tax on income to support an over reaching central government, and supported the eradication of state sovereignty in favor of federal authority.
America, along with NATO, partnered with communist Russia to defeat a greater enemy – Hitler. At that time, Stalin was portrayed more like your long lost "Uncle Joe" who had radical ideas but in the end, shared a common stand against the advancement of world domination by a maniacal madman. The Cold War that ensued told a different story, but, it was too late. America was seduced into thinking poor "Uncle Joe" must be misunderstood and efforts to understand him had to be undertaken. Where was the fight in America reminding those about the Bolshevik revolution and the murder of millions all in the name of communist socialism and the eradication of freedom?
The invasion of "free love" and multiculturalism brought about a degradation in morality and heralded an era based on tolerance that grew to apathy. Values and principals changed with the wind; the moral standards instilled by our Creator thrown away by some while others turned a blind eye. America accepts those seeking freedom from oppression and tyranny and those embracing the ideals of our country; but, subcultures different from our own founding were tolerated and exceptions were made contradictory to the law of the land and God. America shrugged, thinking it similar to a childhood phase that would pass with time. Where would America be had the courage to fight then against ideals opposed to the Christian founding of this nation and the law of the land been forthcoming? Where would America be had she fought to uphold our American culture?
Lost opportunities to quell the coming tide could go on and on; but, one thing is for certain, the continued delay of America to uphold her founding principles and the Constitution establishing it increases the cost of the fight on a daily basis. America has coasted along on the premise that freedom is guaranteed and freedom is protected by government. Nothing in life is guaranteed, except death, and governments seek to limit freedom.
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." – Winston Churchill.
Americans have died in countless wars and conflicts to protect the freedom that is enjoyed by all Americans, even those individuals who seek to destroy that freedom in favor of "the flavor of the month" movement. Americans have stood in protest and are standing in protest to atrocities at great personal cost. To maintain freedom means to maintain a vigilance against ideals that encroach on that freedom and to fight those ideas with the courage and strength God instilled in every man, woman and child.
Everyone in America is free. God gave us freedom, but it is up to us to keep it. The US Constitution supports that freedom and limits government; but, we have remained silent, allowing the erosion of individual freedom to transform to the rule of the mob. It is a God-given right to live free, prosper, defend oneself, and speak the truth, among other unalienable rights; if the mob doesn't want that, fine. They are free to practice it themselves; but, they are not free to encroach on others' God-given rights.
It has been said that no one can take away from you what you are not willing to give. How much more is America willing to give? Will America choose to fight when the odds of survival slim and the cost great? Will she fight just to die instead of being enslaved?
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"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others." – Winston Churchill