Lately, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet with people all over the state. People like you and me who are concerned with what they see happening. People who love their families, who work hard and who want to make sure that there is a country remaining for their children and grandchildren as they grow up---everyday people who are putting themselves on the line and standing up for what they believe in. I have been honored to meet with current legislators who are facing a steep uphill battle, but who are continuing to stand for what is right and good even though they are being belittled every day in the media and by those in their own party. I have met with leaders of communities who are trying hard to stand for what is right even when most of their counterparts in the rest of the state are abandoning them. I have met with potential candidates that are fine prospects to run for office, but that are having to weigh the cost of what will happen to their business, their families and their lives if they make the choice to do so. These good people that I have had the privilege to meet are not in sync with the majority of those in our population. Most of them are going against the grain---they are challenging the status quo.
Throughout time, it has never been the majority that sets things right. It has always been the small, tireless minority made up of individuals who are committed to principles and have realized that the battle is theirs to be won. Look at our own state and the Alamo. Upon hearing the story of the Alamo, have you ever contemplated what those men must have felt on that final morning after 13 days of fighting when they looked beyond the wall and saw Santa Anna and over a thousand soldiers when they were only a few? They had to know in their hearts that there was no way that they would come out on the winning side of what was about to happen. Just the thought makes my stomach turn. I always wonder how they stayed there and fought. How did they not turn and run? It was because they knew what they were standing for---it was freedom---and they could not accept the alternative. They knew that what they were doing, no matter the outcome, had to be done for the future.
In our society today, it is easy for the individual to turn their face from what is happening, to put it out of their thoughts. Each one of us is comfortable. Most do not spend all of their waking moments wondering where they will get their next bite to eat or worrying about where they will sleep tonight. Individuals mostly worry about what fun thing they will do on the weekend, where they travel next or what new and exciting thing they will buy next. Individuals don't have time to worry about the uncomfortable things. Individuals want to live their lives to the fullest. Individuals don't have time to think about things that need to be done to preserve their way of life (and this is what we are talking about here-preserving our way of life, our freedoms) and even if they did, what difference could one person make?
Every action, no matter how large or how small, that is taken against the progression of those things that are not in line with what is right and good, has an effect. The most important thing is that every single individual take some action. It may be having a conversation with your neighbor and about what you have seen in the news and later googled to discover that the mainstream media got it all wrong. It may be going to a town hall meeting and actually engaging in conversation with your legislator about things that are important to you. It may be contacting a candidate that you believe in and volunteering your time or it may be volunteering your time to an entity that is trying to get the truth out to the public. One thing is for certain, taking action to get our country back on the right track must become a priority in our lives. Whatever your part is, it is important and its importance cannot be overlooked. Like those at the Alamo, everything that we do or that we must do, is for the future. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Yes
As a people, we have sat back for far too long and have been bystanders in our government instead of participants. It is way passed time that the individual step up and become involved. Don't let fear and apathy stop you. Edward Everett Hale stated, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." So what will you do?
Teresa Beckmeyer - West Texas Voice
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