Three years ago today a radical Muslim terrorist walked into a U.S. Army personnel processing center at Ft. Hood Texas and opened fire while screaming “Allahu Akbar”. Thirteen soldiers were killed and 29 wounded.
Tomorrow we will vote to decide whether the man who called this terrorist attack an incident of “workplace violence” and denied the dead and wounded Purple Hearts will remain our nation’s President.
There has seldom been a more stark choice between the direction our country will head. One candidate promised to “fundamentally transform” America, the nation that was conceived in the blessings of liberty and has stood as a bastion of freedom for two centuries, which has spent its fortune and shed its precious blood not to enslave and conquer others, but to liberate them. He swore to change the system which produced the mightiest economy the world has ever known and allowed dirt poor immigrants to prosper. The very same system which says that no man is doomed to the same fate as his father merely because of the accident of his birth. Every man and woman is free to succeed or fail based on their own merits, not on the caste to which they were born. He traveled to foreign lands and berated the country which he had sworn an oath to serve and to lead, and declared himself a”citizen of the world”. He refused to utter, not once, the word victory when talking about the sacrifices made by our finest, and then abandoned them to die when they are attacked by the enemy that he refuses to admit exists. He blames others for his own failure, takes credit for the hard work of those he looks down upon, and scapegoats the successful while promising victim-hood, serfdom and the soft tyranny of dependance on government subsistence for everyone else.
His opponent on the other hand speaks of love of country, of liberty and prosperity, of pride and patriotism, freedom and personal responsibility. He is an example of the success that can be achieved, and the American character which creates it. He loves his nation, and is proud to be a citizen of the greatest country God has ever placed on the earth.
Brigadier General James Sehon was a POW in the Hanoi Hilton for 5 years. Despite repeated torture and deprivations he and his fellow POW’s never broke faith and continued to resist in any way they could. From the POW who was caught with a hand sewn Old Glory and beaten near death, only to immediately make another one the instant he returned to his cell, to the entire Chain of Command who one by one faced torture because they dared to lead their men in the Lord’s Prayer in a contest of wills with their captors, they never broke faith with the nation they loved so dear, and suffered so much for. Brig. Gen Sehorn said of the fragility of liberty;
“To be born free is an accident.
To live free is a privilege.
To die free is a responsibility.”
Tomorrow we have the chance to ensure that we, and our descendents, will have the chance to meet our responsibility.
Pray that we choose wisely.