Saturday Meditation: Self-Reliance

For reflection today, I thought I’d post an excerpt from one of my very favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essay, Self-Reliance, epitomizes the American Spirit. Click on the link to read the whole piece, but here’s an excerpt to inspire you in achieving your goals and understanding God’s unique purpose for each one of us:

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being. And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not minors and invalids in a protected corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying the Almighty effort, and advancing on Chaos and the Dark.

Reading Emerson’s words is also a stark reminder of how far we have fallen as a society, particularly as we contemplate the critical election in November — perhaps the most important one in our nation’s history. On twitter the other day, I ignited an enlightening conversation when I tweeted my frustration at voters who for all intents and purposes are conservative, yet continue to vote for Democrats, thus aligning themselves with the filth who embarked upon a vicious, repugnant assault on Ann Romney (which is just a small taste of the kind of vitriol conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Malkin have endured for years).

I was referring to the working class Obama once slammed as “bitter clingers” — the hard-working folks in the Rust Belt States and Flyover Country who haven’t yet gotten the memo that their grandfather’s Democrat Party has been thoroughly co-opted by progressives and communists hell-bent on turning this country into a failed welfare state.

Of course, the question answers itself: for over 50 years, progressives have patiently infiltrated public education, universities, pop culture and the media, with the intended result of “dumbing down” the electorate, revising our history, creating a disdain for our Founders as “racist white men” and ingraining the false belief that a president’s job (along with Congress) is to redistribute wealth by robbing those who work hard for a living, pay your morgtage, fill your gas tank and otherwise coddle you from cradle to grave — simply because you exist. Thus in 2008, an avowed socialist and Alinksy disciple named Barack Hussein Obama successfully attained the White House, voted in by an electorate that wrongly asks the question, “What can government do for me?” instead of “What can I do to achieve my purpose in a free society?”

No wonder totalitarian systems like the former Soviet Union banned God from the public square and usurped individuals’ right to worship. If faith in God compels one to believe he or she is here for a specific purpose and that there is a power greater than man, then government is put in its proper place. Instead of viewing government as “a benevolent god” who gives you everything, the individual recognizes that while necessary for a civil society, the government’s job is not to pick winners and losers. Because every one of us is here to fulfill a higher purpose, it’s up to each individual to pursue his or her own life, liberty and happiness.

As Patrick Henry rightly stated,


“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”

What I find most offensive about progressives is that they exploit human weakness in order to preserve and expand their own power. Thus they prey upon negative emotions like envy, laziness, resentment and despair mainly by playing the despicable class warfare game in which the “rich” are demonized as people who attained success off the backs of the poor — feeding the frenzy of the so-called “have nots” so that they will dutifully vote for those politicians who promise to “level the playing field”, or more precisely, punish society’s producers by taxing them into oblivion so that they can keep feeding the beast of entitlement programs until most of the nation submits to a new kind of slavery.

Absolutely diabolical.

Self-reliance is what forged a nation and a system of government in which the individual — not a king, oligarch or president — reigns supreme over his or her own affairs. Our Founders risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the “radical” ideology that each person has the right to fulfill his or her own purpose, and that in order to uphold and honor this God-given right, government must be limited.

And every one of us who believes in the United States Constitution and the concepts of personal accountability, limited government, strong national defense and fiscal responsibility must get out of our comfort zones and start talking about these crucial issues with every citizen with whom we come into contact. The old adage, “Never talk about religion and politics” has inflicted serious damage; it’s time for patriots to reject such idiocy and fight for the restoration of our country.

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