The World’s Redoubt
[this is a companion to “48% of Brits Want to Leave UK“…since many of those who want to leave, want to come here]
To the early settlers of this great nation, before it even WAS a nation, it was obvious there was something different about this place. Even before we fought a war to win our freedom from England, people were freer here than anywhere on Earth. God truly shed his grace on this land we now call the United States of America.
The word filtered back across the Atlantic, and more and more people sought the blessings of Liberty. By the time the British sought to re-exert strict Colonial control it was too late, Freedom won out.
From that point forward peoples around the world came to view America as THE place they could flee to or aspire to, to be free. Free economically, religiously, personally. Whenever and wherever people were oppressed they would turn their eyes to America…even if they were unable to make their way here, they at least could take heart in knowing we existed. And they could take heart in knowing that we would, if we could, seek to help them. With our charity, our military, our support. In a word, we were the world’s Redoubt.
The dictionary defines “Redoubt” as: “a secure retreat : stronghold”
In his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1981, Reagan didn’t use the word ‘Redoubt’…but that was what he meant when he said this:
We as Americans have the capacity now, as we’ve had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.
Then as now we still have the capacity…though it is eroding. But what is eroding even faster is the WILL to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom”…this redoubt.
And if this redoubt falls, there will be no other for generations…maybe ever.
Many of us are concerned that Mitt Romney will not focus on securing and strengthening this ‘redoubt’…and indeed he may not. But what he will NOT do is work to tear it down. Which is exactly what Obama and his ilk are trying to do. From Obama’s “apology tour”, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s statement that nations should NOT use our Constitution as a model, to the (Democrat supported) OWS crowd actively looking to change us into a Socialist/Marxist State, this redoubt of our is being eroded from the inside.
We DO still have the capacity to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom”…2012 may well answer once and for all if we still have the WILL.