ROSE TENNENT: I have to tell you that we do have a purpose in all of this, and I hope that I can encourage you a little bit during this first half-hour of the show. And if I can’t do it, I’ve got some words from Ronald Reagan that I think will really drive it home. But we do have a purpose. And, I wonder, have you thought about that? That God has placed each one of us purposely, not by chance, not by mistake, but purposely placed us where we are, right now, at this time? You and I are here for such a time as this.
Do you believe that? I mean I feel that in the very core of my being that there is no doubt in my mind that there is a work for each one of us to do. And that every one of us are the solution to healing this great nation. No one else, nothing else. You and me.
Now I know that you are dismayed and discouraged, and I share that with you. We have a Supreme Court that failed to uphold our constitution, and that is shameful, absolutely shameful. You know, the liberals are trying to bring us down—I mean, all the time!
Here we have people who have been charged with protecting our constitution and our liberty, and they’re trying to take us down. Let me ask you something: If someone is trying to take you down, are you just going to give in and let them? Absolutely not! You are going to fight, you’re going to scream, and scratch, and bite, and claw your way back up. You will not allow them to take you down.
And that is exactly what we will do. If they think they saw amazing, unbelievable, and historical in 2010, I have news for them: They ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. You know, it was Eleanor Roosevelt who once said, “A woman is like a teabag. You don’t know how strong she is until she’s in hot water.” I’m going to tell you something.
You and I, we who are patriots and love freedom? We, too, are like teabags, and we have just found ourselves in hot water, and now they’re going to see just how strong we really are. They’re going to see it this November. We’ve got to fight to preserve our constitution and our liberties. Think about this. The year was 1787; the place, the State House in Philadelphia, the very same location where the Declaration of Independence was signed 11 years earlier. Four months of deliberation.
Fifty-five delegates got together and deliberated four months—that’s how much they cared about this process, and that’s how important they understood this to be—they sacrificed their time to frame a constitution for a federal republic. God bless them!
When Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall, when the constitutional convention had come to an end on that final day of deliberation, a woman stopped him and asked, “Well, doctor, what have we got—a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” I truly believe that is the question today.
We have a republic; at times it may seem that it’s hanging by a thread, but we have a republic still. Can we keep it? You know, it was also Franklin who reminded us that freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and the laws of nature. So I’m asking you, please, do not be discouraged by what has happened.
This Supreme Court decision has lit a fire under so many of us—this is our battle, and we recognize that as we never have before. And just as our founding fathers fought for those whom they would never know, we need to do the same. This election is probably “the” election of our lifetime, maybe of many lifetimes. We owe our founding fathers a life dedicated to preserving our constitution. We must be willing to put in whatever time, whatever energy is necessary to ensure a free and prosperous future for a generation of people that we may never know. It was done for us, so now I ask you, “Can we do the same?”
Because, you know what? We are in an amazing time in the history of our nation. Think about this. Do you realize that we are living in a time in history [and have] an opportunity that seldom presents itself, an opportunity to do something great, something almost as great as what our founding fathers [did/]. They established our freedoms, as they saw them handed down by God. But now we are being called upon to uphold and protect those freedoms, [because] they have never, ever, before been so severely threatened – not since they were first framed more than 200 years ago.
That’s a calling that we have. That’s an amazing opportunity. But you know what? I think it’s a fleeting opportunity. Just as it was a fleeting opportunity in the early days of July, 1776, exactly 236 years ago this week. Think about this: The Continental Congress was meeting, and they’re deliberating, because they are involved now in the most radical event of all time. Thirteen colonies are to become the new nation of The United States of America. Wow!
Now everybody in that room agreed that this is something that needed to be done; there was no dissension there—they agreed this had to be done. What they didn’t agree on was the timing. So after a lot of back-and-forth, finally, John Witherspoon of New Jersey, a very strong man, a man of great faith stood up, and he made an appeal to the people in the room. And he said this: “There is a tide in the affairs of men. We perceive it now before us. To hesitate is to consent to our own slavery.”
Don’t you have that same sense of a fleeting opportunity right now? Witherspoon finished his appeal, and then the delegates all approved the Declaration of Independence. And here’s the part that always gets to me: Historians tell us that those men immediately recognized the magnitude of what they had just done, and you know how I know that? Because historians tell us that some wept, openly, while others bowed their heads in prayer. Very smart men. I mean, after all, they gave us this astounding document. They were articulate men; they were brave men, because they knew this was a dangerous business, this independence, and they were spiritual men because they recognized that God and God alone was the author of their freedom, and yet, these brave, articulate, spiritual men wept.
There were no bells or whistles. There were tears. And prayers. Because they knew that they were once slaves to an oppressive government and now they were free. Let me ask you something: If they could see us right now, if they could come back, would they not meet again? Should it be said of us that we were once free and now slaves? God forbid. God forbid.
You know Carl Schurz once said: “My country right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” That’s our duty this moment—to make our country right.
I suggest that we, too, now, are living in what Paine referred to as a time that tries men’s souls. These times are not for the faint of heart, or for those who are patriots as long as being a patriot requires nothing more from us than waving a flag or wearing a red, white, and blue T-shirt. Those days are over; honey, we could have pulled that off a long time ago but we can’t pull that off now. That’s not patriotism.
This is not for the faint of heart. We find ourselves in every bit of a crisis that our founding fathers found themselves. And just as in Paine’s time, we find ourselves in a struggle. We know, as he did, that “what we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly.”
It’s what we care for most lovingly that has the greatest value to us. If I asked you what it was that you value most to leave as an inheritance for your children, what would that be? Would it be that antique that’s been passed down for centuries, or that sports car in the garage? A lovely home, precious metals, stocks? No. Something more precious: liberty. It is liberty. And isn’t that worth any sacrifice to secure that as an inheritance for our children and their children?
This is our call to duty. You and I. We are not going to shrink from this call. Because I think that you believe, as much as I do, that we are here for such a time as this. And if my words are not enough right now to encourage you, consider these words from Ronald Reagan’s third State of the Union speech (and I encourage you to take solace in them for they are as true today as they were when he first spoke them).
He said, “How can we not believe in the greatness of America? How can we not do what is right and needed to preserve this last best hope of man on earth? After all our struggles to restore America, to revive confidence in our country, hope for our future, after all our hard-won victories earned through the patience and courage of every citizen, we cannot, must not, and will not turn back. We will finish our job. How can we do less? We are Americans.”
You know Carl Sandburg said, ‘I see America not in the setting sun of a black night of despair. I see America as a crimson light of a rising sun, fresh from the burning creative hand of God. I see great days ahead for men and women of will and vision.’
And Reagan went on to say, “I’ve never felt more strongly that America’s best days and democracy’s best days lie ahead. We are a powerful force for good. With faith and courage we can perform great deeds and take freedom’s next step. And we will. We will carry on the tradition of a good and worthy people who have brought light where there was darkness, warmth where there was cold, medicine where there was disease, and food where there was hunger. And peace, where there was only bloodshed. Let us be sure that those who come after us will say of us that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free, and we kept the faith.”