As Thanksgiving approaches, I am most thankful for all of God’s blessings that I have received during my life, which include my home and family. I also am thankful for the many freedoms we have in this country, but am concerned about our future more than at any time in decades.
Following the meeting of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, do we have a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin quickly responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Ever since that time, “keeping it” has often been a challenge, especially during the Civil War and later wars and Depressions. Many brave soldiers and law enforcement officers have died defending our rights and freedoms. Our military has kept us from being invaded by foreign armies and have played a major role in protecting other democracies across the globe.
Today, there are many challenges to our freedoms, primarily from the radical political left. A far-left group called Antifa is the most dangerous organization in America right now. While its members say they are anti-Fascist, claiming somehow that President Donald Trump (and apparently all Republicans) are Fascists, Antifa is actually an anarchist group that is against all governments and authority.
Antifa members, who often dress in black outfits, including black masks much like ISIS or Iranian soldiers, hate the police and are against the idea of having prisons.
Yet, the police often look the other way when Antifa attacks or intimidates people. In Portland, Ore., for instance, a journalist was attacked Saturday because he wrote something criticizing Antifa. A couple of weeks prior to that some people were attacked in downtown Portland simply because they happened to be driving through the wrong street at the wrong time.
On both occasions, police officers were within a block of the disturbance, but were told by city officials not to intervene and “escalate the problem.” Obviously Portland is one of the most liberal cities in the nation.
In the meantime, people on the political far left continue to attack free speech by not allowing Republican speakers on college campuses and by interrupting, harassing and insulting any speaker with whom they disagree. This often results in protests, sometimes leading to damage to campus or city buildings. By the way, this started long before Trump was elected.
Many leftists, particularly Hollywood elites, have called for the assassination of the president of the United States or other actions to injure him. They also have described the first lady in vulgar terms.
Their so-called sanctuary cities have sheltered illegal aliens, but more importantly have protected hardened criminals who happen to be in the country illegally. They treat Republicans, particularly Trump supporters, like scum, call them racist and refuse to associate with them. They harass, surround and intimidate Republicans in restaurants and even attack them at their homes and scare their families.
It is true that President Trump should tone down his rhetoric, which might help the situation somewhat. On the other hand, neither Trump nor any Republicans that I know of have engaged in any of the above mentioned activities.
A few months ago a poll revealed that 30 percent of the American people believe we are headed for another Civil War. I have come to believe this is very possible unless people on all sides of the political spectrum recognize the importance of preserving free speech and try to work together to help the country.