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Once Upon a Time . . .


Once upon a time there was a country, a country that was like none other before it, a country that was like none since.


A country that was “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men (people) are created equal”. A country that wasn’t ruled by a monarch or a dictator, but by the “consent of the governed”, by a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people”.


It wasn’t a perfect country. Perfection can only be found in Heaven. But it was a great country, the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country that mortal man had ever established, the greatest country that ever was or ever will be.


It was a country founded by great men, men who were willing to risk everything, including “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to make their dream come true.


It was a country that gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the greatest set of rules ever devised by man to live by, second only to the Ten Commandments.

It was a country that wars were fought for, both to protect it from those who would do it harm, and to protect other countries that could not protect themselves. It was a country that stood for the rights of people everywhere, not just those within its own borders.


Today, that country is nearly 250 years old. It is still a great country, still the greatest country on Earth, but it not as great as it once was. It is a country that no longer adheres to the values upon which it was founded. It is a country that has lost its way.


It is a country that is under attack, not from without but from within. It is a country where the elected leaders of the country no longer represent those who elected them. It is a country that is no longer governed by the consent of the governed. It is a country that no longer has a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.


It is a country where the government is now a government of lobbyists, special interest groups and global elitists who dream of a New World Order. It is a country where the government now believes that the people exist to serve the government rather than a government that exists to serve the people.


It is a country where the Constitution and Rule of Law no longer apply equally to the people and to those who pretend to represent the people. It is a country where the government wants to take everything that the people have and give them what the government thinks they need.


And sadly, it is a country that is doomed to fail if it continues on its current path.


Most stories that begin with “once upon a time” end with “and they lived happily ever after”. How this story ends is yet to be written, but unless something changes very quickly I have my doubts about a happy ending.


It is up to us to write this ending. We the People have the power - the power of our vote. We can continue down our current path into the dustbin of history, or we can make the hard choices and sacrifices that must be made and return our country to its former greatness.


The choice is ours. I pray that we choose wisely.


Once upon a time, there was a country, a great country.


Once upon a time . . .

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