Hardly a day – or a mere hour – goes by that government is not selling us short. From pushing unconstitutional laws down our throats, kicking our rights to the curb, spying on citizens, targeting conservative/tea party groups, attacking religious freedom, undermining public education, hijacking the media, demanding our weapons … the list goes on.

And these are the issues that we know about. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around what deep dark developments will surface – perhaps before I finish typing this column.

To be fair, it’s not only Democrats that are problematic. We’re also experiencing flak from Republicans, namely RINOs, on a myriad of issues. Sometimes, it’s mix and match, a vortex of political corruption from both parties.

During times like these, it’s very easy to be tempted to throw in the towel and give up. One can argue, “What’s the point? What’s the use?”

In my national travels as a tea-party speaker, I’ve sensed the desperation and witnessed the concern people have about the destructive path our country is on. Their concerns are valid. I’ve talked to homemakers, husbands, employers, veterans, teenagers and tea-party leaders, many who need some assurance that taking a stand makes a difference.

I recall one rally in particular. I was done signing copies of my book, and our group was packing up the merchandise. I sensed someone still lingering nearby and looked up to see a petite woman gently waving a small American flag, as if to signal the start of a conversation. I smiled and she gingerly walked over to me and began to talk. In a soft voice she said, “I don’t know all the bad things going on in our government.” I nodded. Looking around warily as though our conversation was top-secret, she continued, “I can’t speak at rallies like you … but I do think I’m supposed to do something for America … so I’m going to get involved in my local school board. They’re also all liberals.” Eyes widening, she gulped hard and stared at me, begging approval. At that moment, I knew this was a huge decision, a defining moment for this lady. She was laying it all on the line for America – at her small-town local school board.

As I gave her a book and a few bumper stickers, I assured her that her service to America is necessary, helpful and bold. And it is. She let out a sigh of relief, profusely thanked me and, with a bounce in her step, strode to her car and drove away, head held high.

I don’t recount this story to obtain kudos for being kind to someone; I tell it because this timid lady, although quite intimidated by all the bad, ugly things happening in America decided to take a stand.

In her “mission field,” there would be no hoorahs cheering her, no pats on the back, no band of patriots to ride home with at the end of a long day fighting school board liberals.

In a way, this lady’s task is harder than mine. Whereas at rallies, droves of patriots applaud my message, this woman single-handedly stands up to school board leaders who oppose her stance.

And it’s for this reason that I encourage you, the reader, to take your stand.

Take your stand in your neighborhood, community and place of employment.

Take your stand against those who oppose your perspective, who demean your faith and mock your Christian and patriotic values.

Take your stand when your leaders fail you, when political news daily worsens. At the end of the day, taking a stand – even in your own mind if nowhere else – is really all you can do.

Some of our prominent national leaders such as Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee unabashedly stand with us. And Gov. Sarah Palin passionately roused conservatives in her speech at CPAC to stand up and speak out for liberty and freedom. Here’s an opportunity to thank her and help more conservatives win in the 2014 elections.

And, if you need a youthful source of inspiration, look no further than 14-year-old Leonard Robinson III, a black young man who took a stand against an Obama minion door knocker who canvassed Robinson’s neighborhood employing anti-Republican smear tactics to convince residents to vote Democrat. Robinson’s stance for liberty not only stopped the liberal propagandist in her tracks, but also caused her to retreat!

I came across these words on a friend’s Facebook wall, and I find them to be a perfect fit for this time when taking an individual stand is the necessary element in the collective fight for liberty:

“Be strong enough to stand alone;
be yourself enough to stand apart;
but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.”

Take your stand. We need you in this fight.

And the time is coming when we must stand together like never before.

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