-- Tom Hoefling, March 29, 2013
"There are some things you must do no matter the apparent odds, because it is your God-ordained duty to do so, simply because it is right. You must seek peace and pursue it, even though you know that there will never be ultimate peace on this earthly plane, not until the Prince of Peace returns. You must fight for equality before the law, even though you know that in a fallen world such as this, all will not be justly treated. Though you see and know the great power and the constant working of the forces of disunity and dissolution, you must seek to form a more perfect Union, as the oath requires, because that is the purpose of our Constitution, and because our national unity is the security for our liberty. You must work to secure the Blessings of Liberty to Posterity, even though you will never yourself see or know that Posterity in this world. It's all an act of faith in the apparently impossible, and in the unseen, you see, because you believe that in the end God will bless all such righteous efforts abundantly as the good seed that they are, and that it will be of eternal value to Him."
-- Tom Hoefling, March 29, 2013
Questions and a warning from Washington for those entertaining notions of national disunity and dissolution
My questions for the secession-minded:
Why do you favor secession? Because our national leaders won't follow the Constitution? Neither do your state leaders. Are you also going to secede from your state?
Wouldn't it be easier to simply get new leaders?
Why would anyone think that those who won't get off their couches from in front of their big screen TVs to take back their country while in full possession of the liberty and resources to do so by peaceful, lawful means would have the wherewithal to successfully divvy up the republic by violent, unlawful, insurrectionist means?
As someone working every day to try and save our national Union from those who are destroying it, why would I want to help finish it off?
Listen carefully to the wise words of our first and greatest President:
"Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.
For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.
But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole."
-- George Washington, Farewell Address
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