Welcome to Eternal Vigilance!
I take my blog name from a quote by the ardent abolitionist Wendell Phillips, "Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty". Thomas Paine, in his American Crisis I, wrote "These are the times that try men's souls". Two quotes from two men nearly one hundred years apart, yet words which ring as true today, as when they were first written.
My hope is that Eternal Vigilance will be a source of balance between the doomsayers and apocalypsists who say damnation and crisis are all we have left, and those who just really don't care at all. I don't intend to let fear win out in my life or the lives of those around me, and since February 2009, I don't intend to watch all this go by without doing what I can to stop it. Eternal Vigilance the blog is a just a portion of the price I intend to pay for liberty.
These are indeed trying times. I can understand why the apocalypsists are so convinced that the end is nigh. Just trying to keep up with the misdeeds of the Obama administration and Congress is enough to drive people to despair. On top of that are whole sub-groups of American society devoted to conspiracies, racism, ethno-centrism, anarchy, violent revolution, radicalism, resistance to whatever, power to the whatever. You won't find any of that here, unless it's to criticize, debunk or generally scoff at the ignorance that gives rise to that.
Eternal Vigilance is the price of being an American.
I believe that America is unique in the world. I believe that, from the beginning of time, God, to quote President Lincoln, "brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men were created equal".
I believe that America is a Christian nation, founded on bedrock principles which have stood the test of time for over 2,000 years. The fact the sitting president views America differently then me means that he is wrong about that, too.
I believe in standing in opposition to failed policies, government takeovers, galloping socialism disguised as reform, and a legislative branch that is, in large part, out of step with the views and values of a large part of their constituency. I believe that America is the most safe when our politicians are on vacation, and am in favor permanent vacations for as many of them as necessary to stop the headlong rush to statism and socialism.
I believe that the establishment media is nothing but a propaganda organ for the Obama administration and the leftist establishment. I've heard the term "state-run media", and believe it to be accurate.
If you believe these things, or you think you don't care but you've made it this far down the page, then Eternal Vigilance is for you, too. If I can put words on a page and capture the imagination of just one or a handful of people, to inspire them to look at America as the land of hope and promise that God and the Founders intended her to be, then this is a valuable use of your time and mine.
God Bless America!