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“We are now a nation on the brink. We can leap forward into the abyss, or we can move away from the cliff. What we cannot do is stand still. The winds are blowing, and we are swaying on the precipice.
“Now is a time for clarity. It’s easy to ignore reality when the chasm seems far away. But now when we look down – and it’s a long fall to civilizational irrelevance – the choice becomes clear. We can close our eyes and jump; we can listen to a President who wants to push us from behind, a Congress that nudges us toward the drop, and a media that is desperate to see us take the plunge headlong into the dark night of national decay. Or we can fight back.
“And we will fight.
“Because we are a nation of fighters. We will not be talked down to; we vow not to heed the words of the so-called experts who expect us to defer to their superior knowledge. They say that the business of running the country should be left to the experts – we say that we are the experts, and we can run our own damn lives, thank you very much. They say trust us – and we say, no, you paternalistic, arrogant fools. You trust us.
“This will be a battle for the soul of America. And we will win.
“This fight won’t be easy. It’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be dirty and it’s going to be chaotic. It will be messy. We won’t all be President Obama’s soldiers, as he fascistically suggested we should be, and we won’t be shills for either party. We won’t be taken in by politicians who tell us they’re going to save us, then tell us to take a leap of faith with them. We’ll rely on ourselves, and on the Constitutional system that protects us. The greatest system ever devised by man. The system that guarantees our right to be free from government, not some phantom right to be taken care of by government. The system that celebrates the friction of free people making free arguments, not a forced unanimity that ends in chains. The system that builds on the individual, not the collective.
“For too long, we’ve been made to feel that if we do what’s best for ourselves and our families, we can’t do what’s best for the country. The truth is precisely the opposite. Freedom to act in accordance with traditional American values, on behalf of those we love, is the essence of America’s greatness. That greatness doesn’t come from building the Hoover Dam or the national highway system. It comes from us sitting with our families around the dinner table, enjoying the fruit of our labors, celebrating the future of our children. And that future will be bright, so long as we regain the confidence in ourselves that has always made America a light unto the nations.”
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