Miss Calamity (our eleven year old daughter) stunned me the other day with an incredibly astute observation. She informed me that ours is a family of Patriots. Now that statement, in and of itself, may not seem earth shattering, but it got me thinking. If we were patriots, what were the people who staunchly support the entrenched establishment? After thinking long and hard, I came to the conclusion that the supporters of the status quo must be called "Loyalists".
Looking up the definitions of both Loyalist and Patriot, I made a startling discovery. The definition of a loyalist is: One who maintains loyalty to an established government, political party, or sovereign, especially during war or revolutionary change. Conversely, here is the definition of a patriot: One who loves and loyally or zealously supports one's own country. Do you see the difference? One supports the established government and the other supports their country! What a revolutionary idea! Literally.
As I watch our State and Federal governments in action, I see a wholesale group of loyalists. They are loyal to their programs, they are loyal to their pet projects and they are loyal to their pocket books. Ultimately, they are loyal to themselves. Nowhere do I see a loyalty to their country or their countrymen.
Patriots have become icons of terrorism. They have been labeled as enemy combatants and dissidents. They have been marginalized for their love of country and staunch support of the ideals on which this great country was built. We, as Patriots have become the enemy.
We are a country divided. The terms "Republican" and "Democrat" no longer apply. We are either Patriots or Loyalists. Lovers of government and tyranny or lovers of country and freedom. We are being thrust into a new era, that is, in fact, but another chapter in the story of liberty.
As said by one of the Great Patriots: Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
We stand on a precipice. Patriot or Loyalist. Tyranny or Liberty. Security (supposed) or Freedom. We all make a choice, either consciously or passively. Choose you this day who you will serve - the author of oppression or the Father of liberty. Will you meekly serve your masters or are you willing to suffer and perhaps even die in the name of Liberty and Freedom. Choose you this day.