Are we having fun yet?
This is a question you never hear when people are discussing the fate of our country — or even arguing about which candidate deserves their vote. Frankly, I think that’s too bad. There are many reasons why I’m having more fun in the “fight for freedom” now than at any time in the past 60 years. I hope you are, too. If you’re not, I want to share some suggestions with you this week on ways you can have your cake and eat it, too. That is, how you can help your country and, at the same time, have a ball doing it.
But first, I need to give you an update on the plight of my suicidal cardinal. (For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to read the issue of Straight Talk where I discussed the poor bird who was beating her brains out attacking my office window.)
First, the good news: She’s gone. I’m guessing her babies have been born and she’s so busy bringing them worms and other delights that she hasn’t had time to worry about some intruder in her territory. (The consensus of experts was that she thought her reflection in my window was an enemy that had to be driven away.)
Now, the bad news: Nothing my neighbors or I did made the slightest difference, with one exception. The various reflectors, life-sized hawk statues and other paraphernalia didn’t deter our attacking cardinals a whit. The only thing that helped, my neighbor Dean reports, was when he taped newspapers over the insides of his windows. But he got tired of living in a cave. When he took them down, his attacker returned.
But they’re gone now, I’m delighted to report. So let’s bid this bird-brained story adieu, at least until this time next year. And get back to what’s really important — having fun in the fight for freedom.
I was going to begin today’s column with a brief history of the times when it was hard to be optimistic about the direction our country was going. There was our sad abandonment of the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956, followed by the betrayals and deceit that enabled Fidel Castro to create a communist dictatorship in Cuba in 1959.
How about the dark despair of 1964, with the total rout of Barry Goldwater in that year’s presidential election? Or when the battle for civil rights led to civil riots and the burning of several cities?
Or maybe the worst time of all, when we sent our soldiers to fight and die in a no-win war in Vietnam. The heated and hate-filled demonstrations it led to here at home are something I will never forget.
And all the while, government at every level grew bigger, more intrusive and far more expensive. Our taxes went up and up. So did prices, while our confidence in the future plummeted. For many years, I wasn’t sure that anything I did or any group I supported would help turn the tide.
But as the kids like to say, that was then and this is now. Last November we saw the biggest electoral turnaround I have ever witnessed. And it wasn’t just at the national level. In State after State, a whole new breed of politicians got elected. As a result, some amazing things are happening at the State level, too — including concerted efforts to defeat Obamacare. Heck, Utah is even on the cusp of making gold and silver money!
If you’re not savoring the thrill of some of these victories, it can only be because you’re sitting at home worrying about things rather than going out, meeting with your fellow patriots and celebrating some of these victories.
So let me begin by pointing out the obvious: The best way to feel like a winner is to back one. How many of your candidates were victorious five months ago? If you can’t brag about several newbies you helped get elected, then you need to get some new candidates, my friend.
For the next go-around, pick out half-a-dozen candidates who would really bring a breath of fresh air to Washington and/or your State capital. Send them a few bucks. Get some of their campaign literature. Tell your friends and neighbors about them. Then send them some more money.
And don’t limit yourself to candidates you can actually vote for. Last fall, I made donations to candidates all over the place — even Nancy Pelosi’s opponent in San Francisco. Yes, I knew John Dennis didn’t stand a chance of defeating her. But it sure felt good trying!
Next to supporting some winners (and even some valiant losers), the next best thing you can do is meet with people who think like you do. In the past, this wasn’t easy. The mainstream media tried for decades to make every Constitutionalist feel like he or she was totally alone. That there was no one else anywhere who agreed with us about anything. We were kooks and crazies and our numbers were too small to matter.
Well, guess what? That was nothing but a huge lie, and an even bigger bluff.
Starting in the 1970s and 1980s, technology brought their house of cards tumbling down. A handful of independent publications started it all. Then talk radio caught on big time. And guess who the most popular hosts were? The guys (and a few gals) on the right with a strongly alternative point of view.
Then the Internet brought millions of us together. Finding sympathetic allies, noble causes, worthy candidates and great organizations are now just a few keystrokes away. Want to join up with Tea Party patriots in your area? Click on www.teapartypatriots.com.
Want to see an amazing program to bring the conservative message to liberal college campuses? Go to www.leadershipinstitute.org and click on their “Campus.” While there, check out their other wonderful training programs for young activists.
Want to help bring some great speakers to some leftwing colleges? Check out Young America’s Foundation at www.yaf.org. Oh, and send them a few bucks to help maintain Ronald Reagan’s “ranch in the sky” — the Western White House at Rancho del Cielo, high above Santa Barbara, Calif. I’m proud to have played a small part in helping to turn Ron and Nancy’s favorite home into a meeting place for Americanists.
Do you want to meet with 3,000 aroused patriots who are determined to do something in the fight for freedom? Then make plans to attend FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nev., this July 13 through 16. I’ll be one of the emcees for what promises to be a truly extraordinary gathering. There will be more than 100 speakers and 300 exhibitors, so you’re guaranteed to find several people and programs with whom you’ll feel simpatico.
I don’t have space today to tell you all the reasons that I believe is FreedomFest is the one event you should plan to attend this year if you can. But don’t take my word for it; go to http://www.freedomfest.com/promo_pl.htm and see for yourself.
By the way, when you register, please tell Tami Holland that you’re a Straight Talk reader. That way, two very nice things will happen: One, I’ll make sure you have a chance to join me at a special session at FreedomFest, just for Straight Talk readers and their friends.
And two, the nice folks who publish Personal Liberty Digest™ will send you an additional bonus — a free copy of Bob Livingston’s newly released book, The Great Recession Handbook, Survival Strategies For Trying Times (a $40 value). All you have to do to claim your free book is email your confirmation showing you are registered to attend FreedomFest, along with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll drop a copy in the mail for you right away.
So please call Tami Holland at 1-866-266-5101 to reserve your seats at FreedomFest 2011. You’ll have a great time, I promise. And you’ll come away even more convinced than you are now that we’re going to win the fight for freedom.
See you this July.
Until then, keep some powder dry.