By Jennifer Burke
On Saturday, Americans took a stand in peaceful demonstrations around the country to say that we will not stand for an infringement on not just our Second Amendment guaranteed right to bear arms and we will not sit idly by while our other rights are under attack either. For too long, Americans were complacent. I know I was. Our freedom has quietly been under assault by government agencies and bureaucrats for years. However, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States awoke a sleeping giant as he went into attack mode against the Constitution, and all the rights guaranteed by it as he attempted to ‘fundamentally transform America.’
Many Americans chanted ‘Yes, We Can’ with Obama back in 2008 blinded by the soaring rhetoric and pretty campaign ads. It’s not that difficult to snow people over when you have a media in your pocket that does your bidding and covers for you. Some of us saw through the shell of a man and knew back then that his agenda was dangerous for America. It has caused division as he pits us against each other along economic, racial and gender lines. It has bankrupted us as he has spent us into oblivion. It has driven a wedge in the foundation of this country’s system of government as he continuously circumvents the Constitution and goes around it in any way possible.
Yet, despite the freedom destroying first four years of Obama’s presidency, it took his politicization of the tragedy in Newtown, CT in which children were the predominant ones killed by a madman who happened to use a stolen gun that day to wake some people up. In using senseless violence as a mechanism to attack the 2nd Amendment, while agencies such as the Social Security Administration are buying ammunition, President Obama has rallied the very troops that he attempts to belittle, malign, and silence.
Saturday was the Day of Resistance! In over 120 cities across this great land, Americans gathered to take a stand for freedom and for the Constitution. They have realized that if we can’t rely on those that swear to uphold and protect the Constitution to do so, then we ourselves must answer the call. We must demonstrate that we understand our rights and we will not give them up. We must demonstrate that we will not remain silent even when the media and the President distort and shame our law-abiding actions to make others believe that we are wrong.
Back in 2008, the media and the Obama machine began their baseless allegation smear that the Tea Party Movement was both racist and violent. One of our rallying cries as we countered that libelous accusation is quite fitting for what we continue to experience today. On not only the Day of Resistance, but every day beyond, we will together send our message loud and clear. “We are not racist. We are not violent. We are no longer silent!”