As Sydney, a 5-foot-8-inch-tall and slender woman with brunette hair, rises to take the podium, an instantaneous hush falls on the room. Even though she had been sitting at the head table all this time, no one expected a female to be speaking tonight, much less a woman vying for the position as President of the United States. They watch intently as she takes out her notes and places them onto the podium. After she puts on a pair of brown-framed glasses, she clears her throat and begins.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, it seems we all have been in for a few surprises tonight. First an unfortunate incident outside, then a quick change in dinner plans and now a woman called Sydney is standing before you. Let me begin by saying ever so humbly that I’m not an ordinary woman. I like to fish and hunt. As Governor Whitley pointed out, I support gun rights, law enforcement and the military. Our first President was a member of the military, as you may recall he was a general. This general took a stance against another government that would subjugate its people. Not unlike what is coming from Washington, D.C. these days. Some of you may have heard of my fellow Tea Party members who used their right to free and peaceful assembly only to be bullied by thugs. I’m here to tell you that I’m not easily bullied.
President Washington said in his farewell address in 1796:
‘Friends and fellow-citizens, the period for a new election of a citizen, to administer the executive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed designating the person, who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprize you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.’
In this speech, President Washington made it known that he was not running for another term. It is inspirational to me because he considered himself a ‘citizen to administer the executive government of the United States’ and that he believed in trust and public voice. Many of us have lost that trust and feel that our public voice is no longer being heard. We feel that the fellow-citizen administering the executive office is not listening.
It has been shown that most of the Republicans and Democrats look to Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt for enlightenment. These three men started what we have now. They are considered the Progressive Movement Founders. This movement has led us to the government takeover of industry, private property, financial institutions, and even healthcare. When President Moore was elected, the State of the Republic was in near ruins. The Progressives on the Republican side were leaning towards imperialism. The Democrats on the other hand, well let’s just say some were Fascists. While others were Communists, few were for the Republic.
In my opinion, spending your way out of a recession is ludicrous and dangerous. President Moore must have felt the same way and felt he had no choice but to cut departments and streamline the Federal Government. Every time he cut a department, Congress threatened him with impeachment and each time he went to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had no choice but to back him because he was doing what he took an oath of office to do. What anyone who has ever served this country of ours has been asked to do…To uphold, defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America from enemies Foreign and Domestic to the best of my ability. So help me God!”
A spontaneous burst of cheers and clapping breaks out. After the crowd’s cheering dies down, Sydney continues, “When I need inspiration, I turn to the Bible. When I ran into trouble with my counterparts in Congress, I turned to the founders of this great Republic. People like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Paine. It is my considered opinion that these men were the best and the brightest when it came to running the government. When I have run into budget disputes, I read the works of Alexander Hamilton. As you may recall, he was our first Secretary of the Treasury. He had the daunting task of repaying debts to France and Germany for their aid in defeating the British. The Jewish community came to our assistance as well as everyone who sacrificed their lands and fortunes to establish this great Republic of ours. It took awhile but that debt was repaid. Let us not forget those who laid down their very existence, fighting for what they believed was right and just.
Alexander Hamilton served under George Washington both in the military and during his term as President. In another portion of President Washington’s farewell address he says:
‘There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.’
For those of you who don’t know, the definition of salutary is promoting or conducive to some beneficial purpose; wholesome. I’m afraid that very little is wholesome in political parties these days, much less beneficial to the general population. The Progressive Movement has turned the once warming flame of President Washington’s day into a conflagration that for the past century has consumed everything. Our freedoms that were guaranteed in the Bill of Rights are being consumed as well.
Are we going to stand by and watch our freedoms that God, himself has given us, go up in flames? How many of you are willing to sacrifice your fortunes for freedom? John Adams, another one of the Founding Fathers of our great Republic, is quoted as saying in A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787:
‘The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.’
The Progressives would have you follow people like Karl Marx who said, ‘the theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.’
The Progressive Movement doesn’t have the same belief as Benjamin Franklin when he said, ‘They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.’
How safe do you feel now? How much debt are we going to endure before the Progressives bring this country and our Republic down on its knees? Thomas Jefferson has been quoted as saying, ‘It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would, save one-half the wars of the world.’ He also said, ‘Never spend your money before you have earned it.’
Theodore Roosevelt thought of a national bank, Woodrow Wilson implemented it and it is called the Federal Reserve.
Thomas Jefferson once said:
‘[The] Bank of the United States... is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution...An institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?’
How financially secure do you feel? Thomas Paine has been quoted as saying, ‘Truth never envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself.’
Do you know who said this: ‘Distrust and caution are the parents of security?’
The Cattlemen’s Hall is ominously quiet. So Sydney says, “It was Benjamin Franklin. I think our Founding Fathers must have had some of the Holy Spirit in them. I can think of no other reason why they could be so aware of events in their future, unless of course, it was because they were so aware of their past. In their view of history they saw the corruption of the governments they left behind. They hoped for a better future. This can be evidenced by the fact that Thomas Paine stated in The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776, ‘If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace.’
Thomas Jefferson has been quoted at different times as saying, ‘Question with boldness…and hold to the truth.’
I would like to say that this history lesson that I’ve been giving is for a purpose. Firstly, our liberty is fragile. It was then and still is now. Today, I feel it is so fragile that I’m afraid it’ll disintegrate and will be blown away by a gentle breeze. Secondly, as the Founding Fathers knew, if you don’t learn from history you will continue to repeat it until you learn from its mistakes. Then and only then can you move forward.
As your president, I would incorporate the lessons learned from the past. Take care of the issues that are facing us as a country. To correct the mistakes made by the Progressive Movement. Hopefully and by the Grace of God, we’ll be able to work together to move this great Republic of ours forward into a better future for our families and the generations that follow.
I intend on doing this by, number one, honoring the Oath of Office and the position that I’m humbly asking to become a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States as so eloquently stated by President Washington. Secondly, I will not sign any bill into law that does not follow the Constitution. I hope the spirit of the Founding Fathers will be with me in those endeavors. Thirdly, I will not unwisely spend your tax dollars. I’ll expand on President Moore’s fifteen percent flat tax. It’ll not only be across the board but be considerate of people such as ranchers, farmers, and business in respect that it will be coming from your net income and not your gross income. Lastly and most importantly, I’ll listen to you but I won’t follow the Populists in an unconstitutional issue. I’m about the Constitution. I’m about the people. We the people of this great Republic can and will make a difference as long as we’re on the side of not only the Lord but justice. In conclusion, God bless you and God bless America. God bless the Republic of Texas.”
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