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.


The Continental Congress

“Whereas it hath been found by experience that limitations upon the prices of commodities are not only ineffectual for the purpose proposed, but likewise productive of very evil consequences–resolved, that it be recommended to the several states to repeal or suspend all laws limiting, regulating or restraining the Price of any Article.”

— Continental Congress, June 4, 1778

The Continental Congress was the governing body of the thirteen colonies leading up to the formation of the United States during the Revolution. It convened from 1774 to 1789 in three different incarnations.  The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in the autumn of 1774 with many notable individuals attending, among them George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Samuel Adams. The colonies elected their delegates to send to the Congress, with the exception of Georgia, which was having problems and needed the protection of the British soldiers. At the first meeting of the Congress, most of the colonies were not in favor of breaking away from Great Britain, but they did want the Crown to act more fairly in their regard.

The Congress was originally assembled in response to the Intolerable Acts passed by Parliament in 1774, prompting an organized, economic boycott of British goods. This measure was communicated to Britain, and the Congress adjourned with the understanding that they would reconvene if their grievances were not addressed. In London, Parliament debated whether or not to address the grievances, but King George III held firm, forcing the Congress to reconvene in May of 1775.

By the beginning of the Second Continental Congress, the battles of Lexington and Concord had already begun the Revolutionary War. The delegates adopted a strategy to have the colonies prepare for war while still attempting an appeasement with Britain.  All attempts made to meet with King George were refused. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was issued, which ended all attempts at reconciliation.

The newly created nation now was in need of a government meant to replace the laws of Britain. The Articles of Confederation were adopted, which was a document that established a national government made up of a one house legislature known as the Confederation Congress.  The Confederation Congress guided the country through the final stages of the war, but once independence was won, the Congress declined in importance. When the Articles were replaced by the United States Constitution, the Confederation Congress was superseded by the United States Congress.

—Joan Schaefer Poach

About the Author: Religious, spiritual and liberty-loving Joan Schaefer-Poach has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Connecticut since she was three weeks old. Both her mother and her grandmother were Past Department Presidents of the organization for the state of Connecticut, and, in 1997, Joan followed in their footsteps. This made history within the organization, as Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only two states in the country who have had three generations of members serve as Department President.

Joan currently works as a Technical Support Group supervisor for Cablevision in Shelton CT, in a 500- person-plus facility with a group that consists primarily of entry-level individuals fresh out of college. As a result, she experiences first-hand the entitlement attitude that is taught in the public school system and fights diligently to eliminate it in the workplace.

Fed up with the “hate America first” attitude that has taken over the schools from kindergarten all the way through college, Joan believes that the only way to fix this country is by exposing youngsters to our history in a way that brings it to vibrant life — as opposed to the dull recitation of dates and facts. There’s an old saying that states, “what’s past is prologue”, and if we want this country to once again be free of the onerous links to socialism and fascism, our children need our guidance. Joan fervently hopes to assist with this effort.

Editor’s Note: Joan is dedicating all of her contributions to the memory of Andrew Breitbart. RIP.