We’re Approaching the 10-Meter Target

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ACRU Staff

DATE

August 9, 2022

We are rapidly approaching what a close friend of mine would call the 10-meter target — the November mid-term elections. Many veterans I’ve talked with are concerned with our election process. Many wonder if our votes count. Add in a general deep apathy regarding issues facing our nation, and some might consider the future grim indeed.

Despite these concerns, the path forward is clear. We must get involved: locally and in the election process. Our intentional involvement and active voices can make a difference.

As an example of the power of local involvement, consider school controversies. Just 50 or 100 parents showing up to a local school board meeting has thrust bad policy decisions under the national spotlight. Showing up locally means casting light on decisions, good and bad, and holding leaders accountable. We’ve all seen the stories on national news about parents “showing up” and voicing their displeasure over bad school board policies.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” We are a country divided, but we must remember that we have more in common than we realize. We love our country; we want to continue as a free people. We sincerely desire to remain a Constitutional Republic of law and order.

Our current problem is leadership — we need leaders who believe in law and order and will serve with integrity. If they prove to do otherwise, we must vote them out decisively. We have tolerated substandard leadership for far too long across our great land. As I have said before, we are what we tolerate.

In America, there is a battle between two ways of thinking. The first heard during our founding is, “I will take care of myself, my family, and my community.” In recent years, that attitude has slowly morphed to, “The government will take care of me, my family, and my community.”

One is the path of personal responsibility; the other is the path of laziness and apathy. One is the way of a free republic; the other is the failed approach of socialist and communist societies.

We see these two ways of thinking everywhere in our culture. We have a duty as free people to take care of and steward this free republic. I like the way Noah Webster said it, “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will be corrupted… If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

We have neglected our responsibility to take care of this great country! We must get involved, each of us personally and locally. This is the way ahead; it’s not complicated. You can start by getting involved in your local election process.

Let’s move out!

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