Hi, Joseph. In your recent column “Have defenders of liberty given up?” you wrote, “I’m ready to storm the barricades with you. But I’m not a political activist. I’m just a writer and businessman.”
I beg to differ with you. You are not just a writer and businessman. You are a writer and businessman who uses his talent to move the cause forward. You storm the barricades, using your God-given talent, every time you write an opinion piece. Your words provide encouragement to others like me, who storm the barricades in our own way, using our God-given talents.
I am not a community organizer or politician. I am not a protester or campaigner. I do not gather signatures on petitions or promote patriotic videos on Facebook. I am an educator. I expose government propaganda on a daily basis, and I struggle to open the hearts and minds of young Americans to the principles on which this country was founded. In my U.S. History course, I focus on the concepts of liberty, equality and self-government as laid out by our founders. I confront the myths and misconceptions peddled by leftist historians and government propagandists. I challenge my students to think for themselves and ponder their relationship with their government. I have them view our current government through the lens of our founding revolution. I face an uphill battle every day. I do what I can to promote the truth and encourage independent thinking. I storm the barricades in my corner of the vineyard.
Every American has his or her own sphere of influence and God-given talents. We don’t all need to show up in Washington to tear down barricades, but we all need to labor diligently in our part of the vineyard to restore the Constitution and promote the truth. When we hear a lie, we need to stand up and confront it. When we see injustice, we need to challenge it. In everything we do, we need to encourage people to be independent and self-reliant. We need to encourage people to be Americans again, and that can be done by everyone, regardless of their position in society. We can all confront tyranny – even in the classroom.
You have spurred me on to redouble my efforts. I will not be storming physical barricades any time soon, but I will be working to tear down the mental barricades that keep our fellow citizens from finding the truth and standing up for what is right.
Thank you for your courage.
David A. Tarr