To those who have asked and who are praying for my recovery, let me say thank you. It is difficult, I won't lie. Something about having your foot broken off is not an easy thing from which to recover, but as I lay in my bed awaiting my next surgery, hopefully on Thursday, I am not sulking in my bad fortune, but rather recognize this as a Memorial Day reflective pause.
I consider myself extremely fortunate that I have family around to help out. My mother and wife have been invaluable to me, not just now, but in all of my life. I feel like a burden and keep my requests as few and far between as I can. But, also, I think of our veterans who have suffered much more than I will ever suffer. I am not lying in a VA hospital with its infamously poor care and rationed care (basically Obamacare). I am not in Afghanistan or Iraq, thousands of miles from people who value my presence. My foot will be screwed back on (one bone left) and I will walk on my own feet again. This is much more than many of our veterans will be able to say.
And then, as I lay here, I think of what we have done to the nation for which these brave veterans have sacrificed life and limb and I am ashamed. It doesn't matter how much I have tried to preserve the liberties so casually shrugged off by our leaders and our citizens as well, I have failed to preserve them.
While visiting David Codrea, just prior to my accident, I talked of the film Lies of Omission with his boys. We talked of the value of liberty, of how if the leaders had ever once tried to defend these liberties what different lives they might be living. They, logically and intelligently, asked if it were not too late for a film like Lies of Omission to have any impact. Okay, they have me there. I had to admit that I didn't know, perhaps, but it was not too late to impart the value of those liberties and the need for young people like them to understand the efforts that have been undertaken to preserve them.
Ultimately, when there is a decision to be made as to what sort of society comes after this one, those that will offer anything other than virtual enslavement will be those societies who recognize that no matter how ill-defended, or how easily alienated, the society that values those liberties will be the one to build the strongest, most prosperous society.
Initially, yes, the most evil, violent and dictatorial society will flourish in the chaos, but it always comes down to who is fighting for what. Those fighting because they must, because they will be strung up by their officers if they don't will never fight as hard as those who fight for themselves, their lives and their dreams. Promising liberty at the end of the slog will always drive soldiers harder than the promise of punishment for failure. These are two completely different dynamics.
So, yes, we must own up to the fact that at this point in time we have failed to secure liberty to ourselves and our posterity. That those sent out to fight for freedom over the centuries have been betrayed by the insufficiently patriotic at home. That we have willingly allowed all they fought for to go undefended against the usurpers and dedicated destructionists of liberty at home.
But, anything as diseased as the system of corruptocracy that we endure at present cannot last. It will fall of its own weight, bankrupt by its own corruption, but we will always have a set of principles that can spring liberty back to life at the first opportunity. It is not so much the words on paper that will bring liberty back to life, but the understanding that within individual liberty lies the power to propel 13 small colonies to the pinnacle of world power in 200 years. That is the lesson they cannot obscure with all of their regulations and pronouncements that hobbled that innate power until it succumbed to top-heavy bureaucracy. Liberty will always produce the engine. It is a formula lying out there to be put to work whenever enough people come together to utilize it.