7/4/18, by James Mosher,
Seventeen years ago, my wife and I decided to purchase a new car when her 1989 Toyota Cressida blew a piston. After thoroughly vetting our options, we decided on a 2000 Hyundai Accent because it was both economical and reliable. We just couldn’t walk away from the ten-year/100,000 miles of drivetrain warranty protection.
Hindsight is 20/20. Had we known that she was pregnant at the time, we probably would have elected to purchase a vehicle that was a tad bit roomier. After driving it literally into the ground, it has been dormant in the dooryard for the last two years. When my son turned sixteen, we decided that instead of getting rid of the car, it would be a meaningful project and a special gift.
The car is now his.
My son and I have already invested a handful of days this summer as we work toward ensuring that his new ride is roadworthy. Before starting the restoration, I entertained romantic notions of father-son bonding time. Reality seldom mimics dreams. Although the project hasn’t been ideal, it has afforded me the opportunity to impart to my son valuable life lessons regarding the cost of freedom, the importance of civics, and the basic principles of economics. It, like so many other projects we have attempted together over the years, is already paying dividends.
With Freedom Comes Responsibility
Once complete the car will provide him much needed transportation to and from work. It will also offer him greater opportunity to explore the surrounding world and to connect with friends. As with most everything that is precious in this life, the option will require both diligence and integrity to preserve. There will be mechanical issues, insurance payments, fuel costs, etc., to be addressed along the way. The responsibility will be solely his.
There Are Rules Governing Existence
At any moment, the privilege of automotive travel could be checked. The rules of the road should be obeyed, as fines and accidents tend to hinder progress. Vehicle registration and inspections will need to be current. He must also ensure adherence to specific guidelines established by his parents, like curfew, chores, the fulfillment of extracurricular obligations, etc., if enjoyment of the added freedom is to continue while living under our roof.
The renovation process has provided numerous tests already. We have experienced more than our fair share of Murphy’s Law. It is a general rule around our house that things never go as planned. There are always hiccups.
Skills Pay the Bills
No matter the endeavor, knowledge and ability are valuable assets. Over the past few weeks, we have been building upon limited knowledge, learning as we go. For tasks that we already have some familiarity with (i.e., like replacing the oil and transmission pans, brakes, and struts, etc.) the jobs go relatively smoothly. For the myriad of things that are unfamiliar to our finite broken minds, much more time is required, because we must stop and do the research, or risk major malfunction.
Perseverance is key! Very little would be accomplished if we were disheartened by every setback.
Today, as we commemorate another year of independence, the aforementioned, emboldened statements might serve as a partial guide. Liberty is not accidental. Those who enjoy it do so because a price has been paid. It might be worthwhile to revisit history and rediscover some of the instrumental ingredients in the recipe that has produced American exceptionalism. These ideas transcend both time and circumstance. They are the antidote to the oppressive schemes of tyrannical governments.
If we are to confront the issues of our day, a certain degree of retrospection is essential, as most of the items on our plate are decades, if not centuries in the making. Shakespeare said it best: “What’s past is prologue.”
Last Sunday, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) made headlines after she publicly refused to support possible Pro-Life Trump nominees to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy’s empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator Collins views any obstruction to Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision justifying the murder of the unborn to protect the privacy of mothers — as unacceptable. Collins’ position is that Roe v. Wade has been the “law of the land” for over four decades and it would be counterproductive to rock the boat at this point.
Imagine how drastically different life might be if American colonists embraced the popular sentiment of RINOS and Leftists today when responding to the oppressive laws of their time known as the Intolerable Acts, imposed by King George III.
What if Adams, Jefferson, and Madison had clamored, “It is settled law! We must be respecters of precedent!”, and instead of fueling revolution, they had succeeded in squelching it?
Over the past few weeks, the Left has been caterwauling over the incarceration of illegal aliens and the resultant separation of families due to the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration law. As Rush Limbaugh addressed on the EIB Network recently, millions of American families are enduring separation because of the policies of the Left.
And Democrats want to focus their attention on a couple thousand illegals?
Rush explained how the narrative is purposeful propaganda meant to change themes. He stated, “They have got to change the subject. They’ve got to move off of the problems the Democrats are having electorally, culturally, and politically. And so made to order, this manufactured crisis, somehow that President Donald Trump is heartless, that Republicans are heartless, that they want to bust up families. Let me tell you who’s been busting up families. The Democrats. The Democrats have been literally subsidizing single motherhood in the black community for decades. It used to be called AFDC. You could also say that Planned Parenthood is excelling at separating families, couldn’t you? You want to talk about separating families, look no further than the abortion mills of Planned Parenthood.”
Where is the consternation over American families that have been torn asunder by “progressive” policies that continue to amplify the welfare state, which have in turn assisted in the dissolution of the family and the destruction of American cities?
Senator Angus King (I-Maine) weighed in on the problem roughly two weeks ago, appealing to the Scriptures and stating emphatically that “this country was built by asylum seekers” as he attempted to justify the position of amnesty and open borders. If only Democrats were just as compassionate on their own dime, instead of shaking down hardworking, law-abiding, American families to pay for their open border, anti-law, anti-American, globalist agenda of fundamentally transforming the greatest country known to man.
Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits.”
John Adams, our nation’s second president, addressed the primacy of law in his day, exclaiming, “we are a nation of laws, not of men.”
Providence guided the great men of American history, farmers, physicians, lawyers, scientists, inventors, statesmen, philosophers, politicians, and pastors to stand against tyranny.
Husbands, fathers, and young men, perhaps now more than ever given the present nature of things (i.e., the invasive spying by government agencies, like the FBI and the NSA, upon the electorate and its representatives alike, that have severely undermined the institutions of the republic…entities like Facebook, Google, and other forms of social media, that are modern examples of Orwell’s telescreen, insurmountable debt, wars and rumors of wars, the rising swell of political movements like socialism/communism, that are diametrically opposed to the ideological positions that have fostered freedom, etc.) it is time to act.
Washington’s words to George Mason in 1779 are appropriate for our day. Now is a time for “men of abilities” to “come forth and save their country.” It is a time for a return to first principles, a time to honor God, to protect family, and to preserve liberty.
If we diligently strive to get it right, perhaps we can achieve rectification in our day. If we don’t, we will be leaving posterity exposed in perilous times.
Oh for the grace, the wisdom, and great courage to lead like our forefathers!
May history record that we were heroes and not cowards.
Happy Independence Day!
James Mosher is a husband, father, veteran and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared.
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