At one time in my life, I was truly complacent and apathetic. I was not a welfare case; in fact I worked two jobs during much of my 20's and early 30's. My complacency was more a lack of concern for politics and what was happening in the world than a lifestyle or political belief system that wanted the government to support me. Therefore I believe I was at that time in my life very different than today's "Progressives" who seem to truly wish for government funded everything. The youth of today obviously have no understanding of how a nation operates, and that government does not create the wealth that funds the social programs they wish to have enacted for their benefit.
What I didn't know, because I didn't learn enough during my years in our public education system, was exactly how unique our Republic was (and still is) in history, and how absolutely vital it is that we preserve freedom. History class was boring for a 17 year old with a driver's license who was on the swim team and a had girlfriend during the early MTV era when they still really were "Music Television."
I was young and I didn't pay enough attention, but I did not understand that at the time. I'm sure the school system taught the basics well, and in the mid 80's when I graduated high school the liberal takeover was not in full effect so I don't think I was taught this revisionist crap they're offering today. I now very much appreciate the high school education I received, as I know full well I developed my "3 R's" better during those years than many are able to, after a full four year Bachelor's degree curriculum.
However, during that time in my life I did learn a great deal about our political system and how Washington, D.C. operates, because I had a very engaging teacher in my Government class. For this I am extremely grateful, as now there is so much happening with regards to our Constitution, and it is so very important to have a handle on what the discussions are all about. I also thoroughly enjoy engaging "Progressives" about issues of The Constitution, because they haven't a clue and I help them find one - even when it is against their will.
I had the great fortune of taking a field trip my senior year to go see Ronald Reagan at a campaign rally in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, just one month or so before the 1984 election. The location was remarkable, as we were surrounded by the tall buildings of the city, and Reagan's words reflected off the walls, creating a slight echo effect. What a thrill that was, even for a young man who didn't understand the history of the moment.
We truly are the "Shining city on a hill" that Reagan spoke of, and as he also said in that famous speech -
"We are told every day that the assembly-line worker is becoming a dull-witted robot and that mass production results in standardization. Well, there isn't a socialist country in the world that would not give its copy of Karl Marx for our standardization."
I wrote this tonight because I was inspired by a post over at Opus #6's great blog, MAINFO. This post presents some fascinating statistics regarding our nation's population. If you don't believe we are still a center-right nation, this information will give you hope. At the same time, the simple fact is that there was just enough shift in the balance to cause the election to the office of president the most radical person ever. I believe this post will both frighten and inspire you, and it is truly a worthy read.