As we meander down the road this new administration is taking us, many of us are pondering the state of our nation and the freedom it has been known for. It is often mind-boggling how a nation that touts its freedom is mired in a fight for the basic rights the founding fathers set forth for us and our government to abide by. This fight is critical for the future of this country and what it will look like in the coming years.
For myself, I am a descendant of Vietnamese refugees who fought Marxist communists in an attempt to save their nation. The ones that survived escaped and arrived on American soil through the kindness and philanthropy of strangers. Those who came to the United States and thereafter taught their children the horrors of the fight against communism have an enormous gratitude for this nation. Their children, myself being one of them, continue carrying the torch of gratefulness. As time passes and our society evolves with technology, it seems that the lessons of the past fall on deaf ears or are just forgotten. Stories like when Viet Cong stormed my grandfather’s home at dinner time to detain him. My grandfather, a well know figure in the region fighting for freedom, told my teenage father and uncle to escape into the jungle through windows to survive and fight on. They escaped.
My grandfather on the other hand was marched into the jungle and executed. More than 40 years later, my father traveled back, swallowed his pride, and asked one of those men who stormed the house and became authority figure in the region to show him where my grandfather was murdered. Subsequently, my father found what was left of his remains with the collar of the shirt he was wearing that night. This is just a single story out of millions that should be told to remind others of leftist tolerance.
The lesson we all should learn is within the parties involved in that incident. Which group is promising things like “free” education, healthcare, food, and basic necessities to enamor their followers? Which group is dictating which freedoms are unnecessary or dangerous to society? Which group is using class warfare and identity politics to create division? Which group is excitedly burning books, sabotaging discussion, and blocking the flow of information? Which group’s vitriol and action are causing property damage, bodily injury, and even loss of life? The similarities between what my family has seen and what we are all seeing growing within our nation is uncanny and an enormous conundrum. How could a nation that has fought so hard to become the beacon of freedom have so much rife within it? How can there be so many Americans who are so ungrateful for their nation and be ready to submit to tyranny giving away their most precious freedoms for things that should be earned not given?
Before our eyes, there is a growing group of people promoting Marxist ideology within our country which is as un-American as it gets. It’s not coming from some lonely guy on a street corner and sign, but from people in positions of power within our society. In complacency, we entrusted our government to educate generations of children, but those positions have been filled by people who consistently undermine the values of our country and freedom in lieu of an agenda of outcome equality. They are literally in charge of a curriculum that teaches critical race theory, common core math, and espouses positions that questions the basics of life like a person’s sex or gender. They have taken away the Pledge of Allegiance, physical education, and classes like civics, history, and economics in attempts to churn out generations of physically weak and unpatriotic children unprepared for life, but yet, their diploma says otherwise. This piece of paper which used to acknowledge achievement now equates to a fast-food coupon for existing. Those people who are not able to critically think go on to have children that will reach for yet another lower bar and are even easier to convince to give up their freedoms for some “free” stuff. As our government pillages the US dollar by printing enormous quantities of money diluting the value of said money, each and everyone who holds and saves that money loses percentage points of buying power daily making life harder and harder to live. Since 1978, the US dollar has literally lost 75% of its value. Not enough people are mathematically or economically intelligent enough to notice nor are they aware that our nation’s adversaries are positioning themselves to take over industry, commerce, resources, and influence to overcome the industrial might that brought our nation incredible prosperity which is being squandered on “things” that make people “feel” good. These issues are not isolated to a region or a state. This is happening everywhere in every corner of our country. The media is complicit in suppressing the sentiment and exaggerating nonsense to distract us from these valid concerns. There was a brilliance in the leftist strategy. Instead of having a discussion to win or lose, control who has a voice and influence. I guess there is no winning for an ideology that murdered more than 100 million people in the past century. It is still just absurd that there were so many wanting to be a voice against American values that created a path for them to be where they are in the first place, but I hear the pay is good.
Most of Americans are good hearted people wanting peace, prosperity, and safety. Americans have shown their fortitude time after time. We are the only people that have fought ourselves for freedom of the oppressed. We are the only ones that have gone overseas to do the same for others. Last time I remember, it wasn’t the Brazilians who liberated the Pacific from the Japanese. It wasn’t Somalia who liberated Europe and Africa from the Germans. It wasn’t Canada who won the Cold War. It was us…ordinary Americans from all walks of life in every part of the country that made it their duty to execute the directive to fight, sacrifice, and win in name of freedom. I understand that despite the courage and bravery of ordinary Americans, life can be tough. We work endlessly to sometimes just put food on the table or a roof over our heads…day in and day out. As the dollar loses value due to the government’s endless spending, we have to work harder to make the same money. We are too busy making it work to consistently take the time to really teach the next generation the fundamentals of what it is to be American, to have freedom, to work hard, and to have the guts to overcome any obstacle in our way, but alas, we must. We MUST step up to do what we asked the government to do which is teach our kids the basics of being functioning self-sufficient human being in American society, otherwise, we will lose what we know is great about our country, and they will lose what they didn’t even realize they had.
Every right we have from our creator dictated in the Bill of Rights is protected by the the second amendment. It is absolutely critical that our newest generations understand what is clearly stated in those few sentences. Even more so, it is paramount that every generation understands this. We all have given into compromise for the betterment of society our freedoms whether we wanted to or not. We’ve now seen how those compromises have weakened the resolve of a nation over the precious freedoms that have all been taken for granted even though those rights were achieved and maintained by the blood and sacrifice of our forefathers. We all watched as private entities encouraged by certain politicians silenced an American president. We watched as a political party used political appointees to conspired to lie, deceive, and manipulate the system to create false evidence to persecute a sitting American president. What’s to stop them from unjustly to persecuting any American on a false pretense? If they could do these things to the President of the United States, what can they do to you or me? The Second amendment is the absolute last line of defense for the people against tyranny.
It is well known that the Japanese refused to invade the United States mainland knowing that guns were in the hands of American civilians. I wonder at times whether gun control advocates and leftists have already made a decision to submit to a foreign invader and are hell bent on weakening the American people by disarming and educating the younger generations poorly so that when some other country decides to waltz across our borders, all people can do is submit to their demands or die trying to repel them especially without the armament the left is adamant about banning. This is assuming that our own military might is inadequate to protect us. After all, we’d be relying on the indoctrinated generations mentioned above who might be more concerned with social issues rather than being warriors. The Pentagon is making it no secret that they are quite woke these days. The current administration has reversed just about everything #45 did for our country, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they start stripping the military of their funding either. Alas, on June 4, 2021, a federal court declared California’s ban on assault rifles unconstitutional. It only took 32 years, but the judge stated, “Like the Swiss army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,”. Brilliant, yet completely obvious to those who had to abide by this ban for the last 3 decades. Let’s see how the 9th Circuit handles the appeal from the leftists in office.
With all this in mind, it might be prudent to go back to the fundamentals of being an American. Instead of letting the kids incessantly play video games in their spare time or having them glued to TikTok, even as tired as we are, we should have a consistent chat about history, politics, economics, or something with substance that they can take with them down the road of life. After all, it is the responsibility of parents to prepare children for life by teaching them what they don’t know. Maybe we go on that camping, fishing, or hunting trip to give them skills that helped all of our ancestors survive through the centuries. Maybe, we utilize that math we learned and put them behind a rifle to ding some steel at distance so not only can you have a great time together, but they can learn to appreciate the importance of the 2nd amendment and great marksmanship. Maybe all these things can be integrated into our daily lives consistently in order to cement what it is to be American.
It seems to me that freedom is the greatest commodity that this country has to offer the world, but there will always be those ready to chip away at it. The concept of freedom is well beyond just saying the word. There are pros and cons to it, but having a choice to decide your journey is what it is all about in the end. Freedom comes with a price and a burden of responsibility to carry, but this is the United States. We should not have to constantly fight for our freedom if we prepare generation after generation to be grateful for it, to enjoy, to spread it, and to harness it for their endeavors. We, ourselves, must embrace that responsibility and be open to learn or adapt to the evolving world, but the rights that are clearly stated in our Bill of Rights apply no matter how the world changes. Our rights are non-negotiable, and that is how any and all Americans should see it. We are the only beacon of freedom on this earth, so fight for it whether in your home, locality, or on the national stage. Fight the good fight, so that my family’s story doesn’t become yours.