Resolutions For The New Year?

Posted by Larry Miller on December 30, 2010 under How | Read the First Comment

happy-new-yearIt’s New Years Eve and we are about to enter 2011. The past year has been one of tremendous success for the people of the United States… and tremendous failure for our representatives who are charged with the job of guarding our republic and protecting our freedom. Sure some progress has been made in our nations’ capitol, but it has only been to slow down the our plunge into tyranny. The victories we have seen show us what we, the people, are capable of when we get together and stand against our would be masters.

We can sit back in satisfaction for having driven many of the worst offenders from positions of power. But… some remain and they are still determined to impose their will on the American people. If we do sit back and rest on our victories, they will evaporate like our jobs and our national prosperity. Remember the high so many of us felt on election night as we saw one after another of these big government types go down to defeat. That, and the work the legitimate foes of small government heading to Washington, is the payoff for our efforts. Not all of our favorites were elected… but supporting them was still worth our effort.

We have felt, as they say, the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. This shows we are alive and in the arena. Even though we need to stand against some of his progressive policies, we need to consider the words of Theodore Roosevelt when he said:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Many of us have been in the arena, and have known victory and defeat… and many cannot go back to be merely an observer of the political scene. We have taken part in the struggle and shown the world, and the enemies of freedom that we are serious and we are in hot pursuit of their pernicious selves. This should be all the encouragement we need to stay the course, double our efforts, and bring our less involved friends and family along with us into the fray.

So as we listen to the strains of Auld Lang Syne and seek divine guidance for the struggle that remains, let us press forward with more energy and determination than in the past. New Years Resolutions are fine for loosing weight or quitting smoking. However, when it comes to preserving our country for our children and grandchildren, we need to be acting with a conviction of the righteousness of our cause and the justice of our work.

So leave the New Years Resolutions for the “me generation” who only want to look a little younger or a few pounds thinner. Few have the perseverance to keep them for more than a few months anyway. What we need is to face the coming year with an unbending spirit and untiring effort that will allow us to look back on our life with great satisfaction and permit us to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Happy New Year! May you have a victorious 2011!

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  • Allyn Kemp said,

    Well said. I watched the republicans read the constitution on the floor of congress, and that is one of the most encouraging signs I have seen this year.

    We need to watch this new congress and give credit to, and support those people who represent us and our country. We also need to prune those people who bear no fruit.

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