This is an excerpt from a short story:
She laid there on her back—bleeding, bruised, gasping for breath—yet, she would not stop getting up. Every time she raised her head they kicked her. Every time she stood up—another brutal body shot. Finally, she lay there and stared her enemies in the eye. They laughed and said, “Had enough yet?” Faintly, almost in a whisper, she replied, “My patriots will never give up…they will come…you'll see.”
This is the picture that ran through my mind one night as I watched the news. America, laying on her back, taking everything that they can throw at her—and never giving in. But like all great societies that have come and gone, she has her limits as well. My fellow Americans—Rome is burning.
I'm not talking politics per say; but rather, my goal is to describe and remind those who read this about the most magnificent, tolerant, and decent society ever created in human history. I'm addressing my fellow Americans—no matter what political party—about the historical context in which our nation was founded, and the way our Republic operated for two centuries. Yes, America is not perfect, she's made her mistakes, but America is the most perfect society in an imperfect world; however, some would argue this to be a false statement. Political and government master minds that propagandize for their own power, glory, and gain use citizens—caught up in the emotion and passion of a passing moment in time—to create changes that last for decades after they are gone. These so-called master minds drive the great societies of human history into the ash heap of despotism and ruin. History does not lie. Will the modern day masterminds, and their social experimentation with our society, destroy America?
America was never just an expanse of land—it was an idea. It was a way of life. It was a grand experiment in self-governance by those who fled the oligarchies, theocracies, and monarchies of Europe and other parts of the “Old World.” These men and women would take the horrible lessons of the past and use them to forge a new Republic. They would learn the lessons of history and government and forge a nation that was wholly different from all those in Europe and Asia. This new Republic would consider all men to possess inalienable rights given by God himself—not government. No King, no legislative body, no “one” ruler or group of rulers, and no singular ideology would reign—only the law would be the ultimate “King” of all men—and it would be applied equally to all men no matter their station in life.
However, the sins of Europe followed these men and women: slavery, the hunger for political and economic power, and the allegiance to foreign governments were but a few of the initial disasters that plagued America in her founding. Only a handful of patriots began the act of rebellion that led to a revolution against the Crown of England and the formation of a new Republic called America.
Men that were driven by an unquenchable thirst for human liberty performed great acts of bravery; however, they are all but forgotten by those Americans that have inherited the prize of liberty and freedom. General Washington, in a last ditch effort to save the revolutionary effort, crossed the Delaware River in unbearable winter conditions to face impossible odds. Yet, the drunken Hessian and British troops on the other side were defeated by way of his surprise attack. This is only one story in a thousand of the patriots, across the expanse of time, which gave their lives for our freedom. Their deaths—the fact that they never lived full lives (for our sake)—and the fact that they died alone and scared on some foreign or domestic battle field, should never cease to cause Americans to pause and reflect on the old saying: “Freedom is never free.”
Once the Republic formed, the issue of states' rights vs. federal rights became the next seemingly impossible hurdle. The Colonies, recently freed from the tyranny of King George, were very suspicious and frightened by government and centralized power in any form. Moreover, foreign nations stood idly by watching in the hope that America—the grand experiment—would fail; but yet, she moved forward and the new Constitution was drafted and ratified by the states in 1789. However, another issue—a sin that had followed the new patriots from Europe and Asia, one that has scared the entire expanse of human history—still haunted the new nation. That issue, that sin, was the debauchery of slavery.