I recently ran across an article about the wall on our southern border that was written by a liberal “journalist,” although anymore the term liberal used with journalist is an oxymoron. The two just don’t go together. Most liberals in the field of journalism deal in editorial comments, not with straight news.
The liberal editorialist went on to call the border wall a “political prop.” Any conservative would call the border wall an effort to secure the integrity of the United States by securing the integrity of our borders. But then liberals have their own set of filters for viewing things – no matter how wrong they are in attributing motives to conservatives. I have yet to see a liberal editorialist – or troll – get conservative motives right. They are clueless in that regard – but I digress
This liberal editorialist wrote that the “monsoon rains in Arizona” and the resultant flash floods had left President Trump’s “impenetrable” [used sarcastically in context] border wall rusted and with the gates intended to be opened to allow such floods to pass through hanging from their hinges.
But this editorial piece does let us know that the border wall is deteriorating. Not only did Biden stop construction on the wall as soon as he took office, but he also has done nothing toward its maintenance. The ultimate result of failing to maintain something man-made is the deterioration of that man-made thing.
Conservatives may have assumed that so long as Biden didn’t tear down the wall, the wall would serve its intended purposes in the places it had been strengthened and lengthened. Obviously, liberals thought differently. They believe that if they do nothing with the wall, the elements and the terrain will take care of the wall’s destruction for them. They are right.
Conservatives have apparently made the same assumptions about our liberties that we made about the wall. We have thought that the liberties that we have held dear throughout the history of this country would always be there. As a result, we have failed to maintain them. The elements of destruction and the enemies of our freedoms knew that if they could just lull us into a false sense of security, we would fail to maintain our freedoms and they could erode them to the point where they fall apart. And they have been eroding for decades. But we haven’t noticed because it has been a little rust here, a loose bolt there, and eventually our liberties have fallen into a great state of disrepair. If we don’t each immediately begin to repair what we can, the entire fabric of our freedom will disappear in tatters.
The biblical reference is Nehemiah 3 and 4. When the walls of Jerusalem had been torn down, Nehemiah set about rousing the citizens of Jerusalem to rebuild it. He set each family to rebuild the part of the wall that was in front of their own homes. Then when their enemies threatened to attack them while they were rebuilding, Nehemiah set half of the men to build and half of the men to guard the builders.
Our liberties will not survive if we don’t pay attention to them. Nor will they survive if conservatives only cheer (or complain) about how other people’s efforts are going. We need every liberty loving American to attend to the work of freedom in the area right before their own homes. This might be doing the work. This might be protecting and encouraging those who are doing the work.
More immediately and more specifically, this means getting involved in the efforts to ensure ballot integrity. The RPV has developed training so that each worker, each guard, can know exactly what to do in order to fulfill their part in the total effort. But without people standing up and doing the work of rebuilding, maintaining, and guarding our liberties, we will lose them.
More importantly, America used to be a Christian nation, but we let down our guard there as well. False teachers have entered our churches, our schools, our media, and perverted the foundational faith of America. The bedrock of our freedoms is our Christian faith and heritage. That bedrock needs our attention as much or more than any of our other concerns.
You can do nothing and let America erode into a footnote of history, or you can do your part to rebuild our liberty.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.