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The speech all conservatives want to hear but aren’t E-mail
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:33

By L&T Publisher Earl Watt


As the health care law continues to flounder, and liberals are begging for conservative support to try to repair the terminal legislation, there is an absence of explaining the key reasons why this had no chance.

Here is the speech that America wants and needs to hear form conservatives but aren’t.

The False Hope of Government.

A few weeks ago, we stood firm against the implementation of a law that we believed had dire consequences for America.

While many were more interested in placing blame and scoring political points, we were working for you, putting our political careers on the line to save the American people from a disaster.

Now you can see why we tried everything possible to prevent this tragedy that is costing millions the coverage they wanted to keep.

We aren’t here to gloat, or to say “I told you so,” but we are here to explain why this law, and many like it, will never work in America.

It’s because we have been told to put our hope in the government — to trust the government, to blindly follow.

This is a false hope.

We believe the true hope in America lies in its people, not its government.

In moments of crisis, like the financial challenges in 2008, it is natural to feel uneasy about the future, but the message was not that we can all work together through the challenge, but rather to point fingers and divide us as a people.

This is the tool of a false hope, not to place it in ourselves but to relinquish our hope to others.

Other countries on this planet have seen the outcomes of placing their aspirations in the hands of their governments, and they all resulted in failure.

For that reason, it has been the goal of the United States to keep government limited.

Those that walk the halls of Congress and the White House have lost sight that it is you, not them, in control of this country. Instead, they have passed laws and regulations that affect you while they remain exempt. They believe you will take a little and be satisfied rather than allow you to reach your full potential.

They make deals to pit some of you against others in an effort to advance an agenda that goes against the natural rules of freedom.

This is the false hope that has become the face of Washington, D.C.

You are on an island in this fight, trapped by those who will say anything to convince you that you will receive something for nothing.

While the offer is tempting, we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch. You have been told someone else will pay for what you want. Someone else will provide you a better life.

This, too, is a false hope.

We know that we are in control of our own destiny, not promise-makers in Washington.

As those promises begin to crumble around us, we return to the only people we know we can truly count on in a crisis — our families, our friends, and ourselves.

We are America.

We built this country, our government didn’t do it. We worked hard to provide a better future for the next generation, not our government.

And we prosper most when we demand our government take a back seat, and we drive our future ourselves.

They will try to convince us that America’s best days are behind us, to prepare for smaller expectations and a lower standard of living.

We refute that defeatist view, and we take pride in the exceptionalism that has made America strong.

America’s future will burn as bright for centuries to come because we do not rely on others to dertmine our destiny, but we will determine it ourselves.

We have been chained for five years, but no one else holds the key.

We have voluntarily put ourselves in servitude to this false hope, but we can break those bonds with an outstretched hand that says, “I am my own hope. I am free.”

Together, we will provide the path to the future by dertermining our own fate, and we will expect our government to operate with the same responsibility that we do every day.

We will provide the hope for this government instead of this government stealing hope from us.

Hope has never needed to come to America from our government, because hope is in the heart of every American from birth.

We have been endowed by our Creator with hope — hope in the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Hope in the freedom to choose our own direction. Hope to escape the shackles of poverty by rejecting government ghettos and each one of us reaching out to help those in need.

We provide hope by educating our children in those moments when America was tested, and it was the commitment to people and not government that led to the torches of liberty burning brightly around the world.

We provide hope by removing the barricades of racism so that everyone has access to the future of their choosing.

Today we recognize that hope cannot be placed in the hands of those that govern but must be retained by those who do not.

Those that seek to govern must do so as servants, not as the served.

This is what it means to be American.

Together, we can restore the lamp to the hands of Lady Liberty. We can put our hope in each other, and we can return to the noble values at the foundation of our society.

We have hope because we believe in you. You built America. It’s yours. Don’t let anyone take it away from you.


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