The deafening thunder of kettle drums and a hundred flashing lights filled the night sky as the winds of a savage storm raged outside. A small boy was awakened from his sleep and scurried to the safety of his father's lap. Once in the snug security of his father's strong arms holding him tight, in a tiny frightened voice he asked, "Daddy, will our house blow away?" "No", he told the boy, "Our house was built by some good men who laid a solid foundation and built it to last through any storm and we've kept up the repairs, so it will stay strong. We'll be okay."
As the storm kept up, the boy and his father watched through rain splashed windows. They saw the leaves stripped and the ridged branches snapping off of the old oak tree with the whirling wind while the limbs of the willow down by the pond flailed furiously in every direction fighting to survive. Through his sleepy eyes the boy watched intently and fascinated. "Surely," he told his father,"they will be torn up and blown away and we'll have no trees." In a gentle voice the father answered. "If they have used the nutrients we've given to make strong, well planted roots and let their trunks sway just a little, we'll have them for a long time..
When the child nodded off, the father carried him to bed and slept until daybreak. He then jumped out of bed elated that the house was still there. Then he raced to the windows and saw the little willow still standing, but the once mighty oak was lying uprooted and broken. Looking at his father he said, "Boy, am I glad our house has good roots!"
The American Tree is being pounded by storms from every direction! Are our roots firmly planted ? Will our branches bend and not break ? When the wind subside, will it still be standing?
Our own 'tree' was planted by some skilled men with a passion for freedom. They carefully wrapped the roots with our Constitution, dipped in Christianity, then nestling it in the rich mulch of the Bill of Rights. Even while battling those that would destroy it, with sweat and tears they continued their stewardship with a commitment unequaled to see it bear fruit. The three major branches of our government grew and matured under them. The most exciting branch is the "Legislative" with its many diverse leaves that gives us, the people, a voice in choosing our American way of life.
Yet, it appears that this branch is almost neglected. So much focus is on finding fault with the Administrative and Judicial branches that even though the legislative is the one with the most leaves, it receives the least nutrients. Did we plant the wrong trees? Oh, sure, we complain over lunch. Apparently that's about the extent of it. We don't seriously reprimand, much less fire them. Some have been there so long that they belong in the Petrified Forest in Arizona while others are just plain incompetent! or looking for a good pension plan. Do we need to be more vigilant in our selection practices? It's time to prune the dried old leaves and thin out some of the others. "Accountability" and "Stewardship" have been dropped from our vocabulary...'beginning with us, the employer/landscaper.
Naturally we want someone that represents our own views and moral standards. So does your neighbor, who, with a similar, but slight different viewpoint, or, for that matter, does your last argument with your spouse void the relationship? Of course not! Each of us is a unique' creation with ‘free-will' given by the Creator. No two are exactly alike. Your opinions are important and worth voicing, still they shouldn't inhibit your ability to listen to others. Respect can only be gained when given.
As millions of Americans struggle to push this wagon with square wheels up the rocky hill to repair the damage that our negligence allowed and the 'evil ones' bent on total dominance created...Far too many sit along the roadside ringing their hands in despair...STOP !!! Put those hands and your unique' talents to helping us push!!! we need your HELP more than ever. It's going to take a sharing of good & even bad ideas while working together to reach our goal.
If just getting involved in political aspects such as handing out flyers, registering voters or speaking to civic groups isn't your 'cup of tea', consider 'mentoring'. Teach your child or grandchild or the kid next door about the reason and courage that sent the Founding fathers to our shores and their struggles, explain what the words to the Star Spangled Banner and Pledge of Allegiance mean. Find out just what it is they're being taught in school. These young people will be our leaders in the future and will only develop with knowledge and nurturing. Keep in mind that you are unique', you are an American.
The AMERICAN TREE is a hybrid that has branches that can give without breaking and strong roots firmly planted in the Christian based Constitution that will grow and flourish until the end of time when nourished with faith, hope and love. Yet, it requires watering by men with common sense, recognizing that compromise isn't 'giving in.'
Jan Brown is a conservative writer from the Great State of Texas.