On September 19, 2010, an article in the New York Times detailed how the Obama Administration and the Democrat National Committee (DNC) were considering a series of national campaign advertisements aimed at persuading voters that the Tea Party has taken over the Republican Party.
The goal of this would be to sour the public on the Republican Party by portraying it as a party of “extremists” and thereby stalling what appears to be a fast approaching Republican landslide in November.
While there are a myriad of reasons why this possible Obama/DNC campaign is destined for failure, the biggest problem with it is that it rests on the false premise that people who love freedom are, by nature, “extremists.”
This just seems like a throwback to presidential candidate Obama’s infamous San Francisco speech in which he mocked hard-working Americans as those who get bitter at government and “cling to guns or religion.”
The enduring phrase that arose from that speech was “bitter clingers.” And it was applied to the same kind of God-fearing, gun-owning, freedom lovers who have spent the last 18 months taking back this nation one Republican primary or one special election at a time.
This is something the administration and the DNC will have completely missed if they go ahead with their plans to trash the Tea Party’s involvement in Republican victories: They will have missed the fact that the majority of Americans have overcome their public school indoctrination to a point sufficient to let them see that God was crucial to our nation’s founding, integral to our history, and necessary for our continuance.
The God whom Thomas Jefferson referenced when he declared that men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” is the same God whom we added to our Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, and in whom we declared trust on our currency in 1966.
Next to God, guns may be the most hated aspect of the freedom to which we cling: hated by liberals, that is. But we can never forget that guns are part of the quintessence of America. They are tools that free men possess in order to remain free. The words of the 2nd Amendment make this clear by describing the right to keep and bear arms as “being necessary to the security of a free state.”
In other words, the people’s ability to defend their own lives and property is a non-negotiable aspect of what it means to be secure. No wonder the citizenry’s right to be armed was one of the “unalienable rights” to which our Founding Fathers clung so bitterly.
Taken together, God and guns go a long way in shining a light on the freedom that has characterized America since her founding. We are one nation under God, with rights emanating from Him: among which is the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of defending our lives and our property.
Because of these things, I am cheering as Tea Party “extremists” change the course of the Republican Party and will cheer even louder when they change the course of this nation on November 2.
Between now and then, I’ll just be clinging to my God, my guns, and my freedom.