Monday, August 17, 2009
Were you one of them....
One who turned off the news because it was too stressful? One who stayed home on election day because you felt your vote didn't count? One who thought that it was useless- there is more of "them" then us, they make the laws, and we just follow them?
Well, suddenly 'those' people are getting up off the couch and researching out bills. They are watching the economy and worried about their children and grandchildren. They are watching freedoms and rights become more threatened as laws scream out with needs to squash our rights in the name of safety and emergency. They are making posters with whatever they can find and taking days off work to show up and ask questions, debate ideals, and cry out in honor of the founding fathers who gave them this right.
It doesn't matter who you voted for or what letter sits after your name on the register. It matters that people are fighting for freedoms, as fundamental as speech and bearing arms, and as power continues to grow- on BOTH sides of the aisle- those in power would shut out these voices if they could.
If you are one of those people out there speaking up, you inspire me. I watch smart questions being asked and patriots of all ages applaud them. I am given the strength to ask questions of my own, and say what I need to say when asked.
Consider this quote by Elder Charles Didier:
"A democracy requires men and women to be agents unto themselves to defend their freedom. When a democracy collapses, it is because the individuals and families are dropping their arms."
Let us not drop our arms when the battle is in this momentous stage. Let us be like Moroni in the Book of Mormon who dared proclaim by scrawling his desperate message on a torn coat...."In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children..."
Study out one freedom you value. Make a poster. Send an e-mail. Call a politician, and mostly, teach your children. And as you do these things know that somewhere, there is someone like me, inspired and in awe of your efforts and joining on right beside you.
(yes, this means the verdict is in, and I am marching in DC in September. You can learn more about this at 9-12 DC MARCH)
If you haven't joined us yet, what are you waiting for? Even a torn coat will do.