Friday, September 01, 2006

Why I Write

There is a great moment in the movie National Treasure when the character Ben Gates, frustrated because no one believes his warning of a threat to steal the Declaration of Independence, looks upon the revered document and reads the line:
…it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

Not only do we have the right, we also have the DUTYthe responsibility — to do something to provide new Guards, representatives, for the future Security of our nation.

The prophets spoke the words of God, confronting the leaders whose responsibility it was to lead the people in righteousness, to care for the weak and the poor, to guard the rights of the widow, orphan, and afflicted, and to execute justice throughout the land. The leaders had a way of saying they were doing these things, but the results of their deeds were the opposite.

Snapping a chalk line on the reality to results of the deeds of our elected officials is our Right, indeed our Duty. Knowledge without action is death. Stepping forward in calling others to examine the results of the deeds, rather than blindly accepting intentions and claims as end means, is necessary if we are to remain a viable, strong republic.

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