From the movie Braveheart, as William Wallace addresses Scottish soldiers, who are about to flee the battlefield before the immense, English army:
Soldier: Fight? Against that? No! We will run, and we will live.
William Wallace: Ay, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live. At least a while.
And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!
What has happened to our representatives? I believe we’re witnessing the greatest void of courage the United States has ever known. The Declaration of Independence hits hard with bold statements and proclamations, swinging the axe of freedom to all tyrannical governments before it. And those great and final words that sealed our fate for the better were these:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The Founders knew the risks of defying King George. If their plan didn’t work, they could lose everything they had including their lives. To some, the prospect of losing their honor was worse.
Today, there are similar risks – save for pledging one’s life — but we don’t see enough leaders standing up against the Left’s tyranny. What we see is capitulation and pandering.
The Left directs its energy toward the Confederate Flag, a flag held by the murderer of those poor souls in South Carolina, and SC Governor Nikki Haley can’t race to the podium fast enough to bow to the PC overlords.
It’s true, having an opinion in the United States today can be hazardous to your wealth. When Donald Trump came out with strong words against illegal immigration, NBC dropped his TV show The Apprentice, Macy’s quit selling the show’s merchandise, and Univision dropped Trump’s Miss USA pageant from their network. Donald Trump is a very rich man but I’m sure this stings just a little. Regardless of what you believe about his policies or chances of winning, or even what you believe specifically about illegal immigration, this situation provides a healthy dose of sunlight to every other candidate in the race, Republican and Democrat.
Here’s what Trump said:
The crime is raging and it’s violent. And if you talk about it, it’s racist…
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” he said during the announcement. “They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.
Every candidate in world history has said something he regrets. Lately, however, only the Republican Party seems to be required to walk back their statements via a countrywide apology tour – whether they legitimately offended anyone or not. What’s ticking off so many in the politically correct Establishment is that Trump is not backing down. This is a great thing.
We expect denouncements from people like Hillary who, like clockwork, said she was “disappointed”, and painted The Donald and all Republicans as racist – even though in 2003 she essentially said the same thing as Trump. But to have Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina come out against Trump, and too many others remain deafeningly silent, tells us what they fear and what kind of courage they won’t have when the fight to bring America back really kicks in. We aren’t yet pledging our lives, but our fortunes and sacred honor are as in jeopardy as they were in 1776.
By the way, only three Republican candidates have defended Trump, at least in intent if not in choice of words – Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Rick Santorum.
The question, my fellow Americans who value freedom, is not whether what Trump said is offensive but whether it is true. That we’re continuing to talk about the massive back and forth flow of illegal aliens into the United States, as well as the Democrat criminality of sanctuary cities, is a good thing. That it had to come on the heels of the totally avoidable death of Kate Steinle makes me physically ill. God bless her and her family.
Speaking out is tough, but what’s the alternative? Rolling over for these people, whom we outnumber? We can’t let them fundamentally transform America.
So to all Republican candidates who say, “Speak up? Against that? No, we will appease the angry Left, and we will be liked and allowed to stay in their good graces,” I say:
Ay, speak up and you will be criticized. Throw your fellow Republicans under the bus, and you’ll be cheered among the Intelligentsia. For a media week.
And dying in your soft, feather beds, many years from now, under the dark tyranny of those you wouldn’t stand up against, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back and tell our enemies that they may take our reputation and treasure, but they’ll never take our freedom!