A Thousand Acts of Kindness

This last weekend, while the rains pelted our capitol city of Nashville, a thousand acts of kindness and self reliance occurred. Neighbor helped neighbor as the water rose, emergency services performed beyond expectations, and even though at last count 23 of our fellow Tennesseans lost their lives, many more were saved. In what is being billed as the biggest and most costly disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War, the people of Tennessee showed the nation how to do “disaster” right.

So where are the national television crews heralding this miracle? Where are the feature stories pointing to a “thousand acts of kindness” performed by our heroic citizens? Where are the Presidential proclamations and visits? Where is the acknowlegdement of these people holding on to their conservative views of self reliance and dedication to their community?  I fear that our trials have gone mostly un-noticed, and our heroes unsung…

The national story that the media wants told involves how powerless the average citizen of today is, and how he needs government to make his life work. This story from Tennessee, it doesn’t serve the massive expansion of government we are being told we need. And besides, our fellow citizens didn’t riot in the streets, looting did not occur, and there is no string of “victims” to illustrate the tale of helplessness. The fact of the matter is that the last thing the national media wants to cover is that honest, hard working, self reliant people CAN pull together and overcome adversity. And someone might have mentioned we are in the Bible belt here in Tennessee… And that wouldn’t work at all! Prayer might have been mentioned! We can’t have that in a nation that just outlawed the National Day of Prayer!

If you are like me, it seems like lately the inmates are in charge of the insane asylum. Facing historic deficits, we initiate a costly new entitlement program modeled on failed examples from all over the world.  Looking at a world brought to the edge of bankruptcy by soaring energy costs, we pledge anew to ignore the oil beneath our feet. We face a threat of terror from Islamic extremists, but we don’t want to “profile” those who would do us harm, and indeed, don’t even want to properly name the threat we face. Furthermore, we spit in the face of Israel, our only reliable ally capable of mounting a forward defense in the land from which our enemies come.  Facing social upheaval brought about by millions of illegal aliens in our midst, the costs of who’s care we also cannot afford, we talk of “legalizing” them while simultaneously refusing to close the porous border through which they continue to come. And these geniuses are now telling us they will “regulate” the financial system they have ruined…

I could go on and on in this vein, but I think you understand what I am talking about. What has happened to our country? Why are we in this mess? It is said that in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. As a Republican with conservative views, I would love to blame the Democrats for all of this, but the fact of the matter is that both political parties for too long have ignored the difficult problems that our country faces. Rather than tell us the truth, they have sold us half truths and outright lies. And for our part, we have pretended to believe those lies or been so distracted that we didn’t realize how badly we were being deceived. And in the last year and a half, our new Democrat administration has put their foot on the gas as they accelerate our move towards more and more government that we cannot afford, do not need, and do not want!

So here we are.

Remember our fellow citizens in Nashville this last weekend? They had the good common sense to get out of the rain. They saw the rising waters, and they sprang into action helping each other to higher ground. We are facing a similar rising storm as a country, but do we have the same commonsense conservative views that saved Nashville. We KNOW better than we have been told. We KNOW better than to continue to ignore the flood that threatens to drown the country we love. The decision about the future course of our nation will be in our hands in this fall’s elections. I leave you with the closing phrases from the Gettysburg Address delivered by President Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Thousands of our fellow countrymen over hundreds of years, have given their lives for the country we enjoy today. All that is being asked of us is to educate ourselves on the issues, and hold our leadership accountable.

Surely we can do that much!

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