Leondray Gholston spoke at the Mesa County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on July 16, 2012. This articulate young family man laid out the platform for Republican victory in 2012 in a three pronged message of Unity, Responsibility, and Liberty. The first two principles are electoral and national strategies of victory and survival. The final principle of liberty, is the message that must be conveyed to a weary and often confused electorate. I’m not going to repeat Leondray’s message, but I am going to share my thoughts about it to help reveal its lucid genius.
Unity: National unity is now impossible. There is an ideological secession that has been in process for decades, and geographical secession is fast on its heels. The people of the United States aren’t seceding from the Union, they’re withdrawing from each other. And as our moral climate continues to decay, it can be no other way.
Two belief systems so incompatible as freedom vs. bondage, life vs. death, cannot coexist. It’s intolerable for the principled person of faith to compromise with the abortion lobby, for instance. Like a drop of red food coloring in clear water–despite the fact that it is 99.999% water–the red spreads throughout, corrupting it entirely, even if the color is pale pink and not blood red. Compromise with those who demand equal access to the holy institution of marriage for gay couples is impossible for the person who believes that God designed the family to be what it is, elemental and immutable, unless they grind away their pure faith and belief that moral law is absolute and does not change with cultural trends. The person who believes that government is by the people cannot unite with the person who believes that government is by an elite few and that individuals gratify the government, and exist according to its dictates. Even a little fudging of the principles of liberty, over the span of some two hundred years, has nearly destroyed the republic that Benjamin Franklin worried we could not keep.
National ideological division in inevitable if America is to be restored. Whether the half of the nation that sees through the prism of Socialism and believes that the individual is the servant of the state can be salvaged is doubtful. Perhaps some can. But we will lose our liberty if we compromise true principles of limited government and faith in God any further. We cannot reject God just a little. We cannot be just a little free.
Leondray Gholston spoke unapologetically about being a proud Republican. We, like him, have to shed the imposed, false stereotypes of the past, and embrace the Party of Lincoln. We need to unite under the umbrella of Government by the People if the Founding Documents and the principles and system they provided for us are to be preserved and restored. We must secede from the destroyers of American exceptionalism and rugged individualism so that our children do not languish in an abyss of mediocrity and dependence for generations to come. We may have to secede from our friends and neighbors if they continue to embrace the policies and politicians that would put us in government allotted cages.
Responsibility: Leondray spoke of the responsibility of every Republican to work at the grassroots to recruit our friends and neighbors into the Army of Freedom. We’re responsible for restoring the Republic because we also bear the responsibility for its disintegration. The government got too big because we tolerated it and looked on passively through decades of creeping Socialism believing that it was harmless and that it would never become a threat to our comfortable way of life.
Our politicians have become corrupt, seeking fortune and power over service, because we chose them. We put men like Bill Clinton into office because character really doesn’t matter when it comes to policy. We tolerated his perverse and vile conduct because the economy was good during his tenure. And now many Conservatives look back at the Clinton Era with a wistful longing because, despite his moral dissipation and destruction of the image of the Presidency, he did not overtly try to socialize and paralyze the free market. While we lolled in security and prosperity, immorality was normalized among the leaders in our highest offices.
We, you and I and all Republicans and Conservatives, allowed the media to hide the treachery of Barack Obama, a Muslim by sentiment and a Marxist by action, because we cowed in the face of Political Correctness. We caved in to a censored discourse where the aversion to being portrayed as intolerant or racist trumped the facts. We allowed ourselves to be molded by the castigation of a biased media and decaying pop-culture because we couldn’t handle the heat of criticism. We wanted to be included in the discussion so we betrayed the things we know to be true.
Republicans and Conservatives, admitted Leondray Gholston, must take responsibility for the condition of the nation. We must also take responsibility for winning it back through the toil of the grueling and relentless campaign against tyranny, 2012.
Liberty: “Politicians spend their time defending their resumes. We have to replace that with the message of freedom.” Those words from Leondray Gholston resounded with the crowd at the Lincoln Day Dinner. The present political era is one of default defensiveness. We’ve gotten almost to the point where candidates have to defend their humanity. The smallest gaffes and imperfections are magnified to such a ridiculous resolution that ordinary people with typical flaws are terrified by the thought of being under the merciless microscope of the election cycle. Being backed into perpetually defending the person of the candidate, not his or her ideology, debases the entire concept of the American political campaign. For the Republican Party the campaign must be about the message, and the message must be “liberty.”
Mitt Romney has it easy. Barack Hussein Obama will destroy his own electoral chances if he stays on his message which rings with contempt for the private sector. Mitt need not attack the person of Obama. Mitt has only to spread the message of freedom. The beautiful thing about being an American is that we don’t have to create the message, it’s been our to read and ponder for 236 years.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Leondray Gholston is a rising star in the Republican Party. He, however, would probably reject any kind of glory that elevates his person above others. But his message is timeless. If the country is to survive, patriots must unite one with another while seceding from the forces of tyranny and evil. If we dwindle in acquiescence to a Socialist regime, it’s because we’ve tolerated and assisted our captors. If we are to succeed in preserving the Republic and restoring the Constitution of the United States, then we must take the message of Liberty to all who will listen, unite with them, and cleanse our nation of the corruption of false ideologies.
By Marjorie Haun 7/28/12