Wednesday, December 30, 2009
As we approach the start of a new year, I wanted to take time to say a few words to those who have taken a stand in some way, shape, or form in 2009.
2009 will go down in history as a pivotal time for this nation. It has been a time of serious challenges, major questions, and decisive action. A new president was inaugurated, the economy has been in shambles, and the American people have made their voices heard.
Let's talk a little about that last one.
People have mobilized in a way that has not been seen in some time. They have spoken up for freedom, for responsibility, and for government to do the right thing. Mothers, fathers, college students, homemakers, doctors--so many--have realized that yes, even they could make a difference. They attended town hall meetings and organized tea parties. They wrote Congressmen and called Senators. They challenged school officials and ran for school boards. They saw a need and got involved this time, rather than waiting for someone else to get the job done.
Has there been opposition? Of course. Tea party participants have been called racists, meanwhile a Black town hall attendee was physically attacked by SEIU thugs uttering racial slurs (hmmm...), and constituents have been slapped in the face by way of being totally ignored by those elected to represent them.
Nonetheless, I take this opportunity to encourage you all to continue to respectfully fight. Where there is wrong, attempt to right it. Where freedom is threatened, oppose it. Where leaders have overstepped, call them on it. If disappointment has gripped you, recognize it for what it is and work to turn it around, for Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "There can be no great disappointment where there is no great love." Let that love spur you to action.
The attacks will come. Believe me, I know. Your efforts will be misrespresented. Those of you who operate with a humble servant's heart will be spat at by elitists who use psychobabble to mask their own deep-seated insecurities. Those who want to force you into agreeing with them will fire upon you with personal attacks because that's all they have. Substance is not in their arsenal, nor is it in their nature. Those whose faith in God governs their lives will be called Bible Thumpers. Say, "Thank you," keep on stepping--and please keep on thumpin'. Wear that compliment with both pride and humility.
The bottom line is that your efforts are not in vain. This is a time of action, so act. It's a time of battle, so fight. This is a time that separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls, as they say. 2010 is crucial. I said that again and again in 2008. Maybe the nation has gotten the message now. Don't be deterred, dismayed, or denied.
As for me, I will continue to seek and serve God unapologetically. I will do a better job serving the students He has placed within my care. I will do my part to be a voice for the unborn and for the value of each life. And I will continue to support and stand by Governor Palin and other leaders who share the values that make for a healthy society, who refuse to be silenced. I will do what I do--because it's right.
So whatever it is you've been called to do--for surely you've been called--do it with all your might. And do it with the understanding that, as I tell my students all the time, "the best is yet to come."