Thankful for what?

By Kyle Williams

After Thanksgiving this year, I’d like to explore our state of things in American politics. “Our,” being the conservatives in our nation, because I can’t possibly imagine a liberal reading through too many of my columns.

Personally, I have many things to be thankful for: my family, talents, success, my faith and countless other things. However, in American politics and culture and worldwide issues, does a Christian conservative have too many things for which to be thankful?

Nigeria continues with religious warfare with hundreds dead and many more displaced and homeless, along with most of the Arab world still in various religious tiffs.

The Middle East continues to be without logic or compassion, with suicide bombings and retaliation being so predictable and regular that the entire subject has been calloused over. Moreover, the governments on both sides tend not to show sincere action to get the issue resolved.

Many of the world’s nations have become a haven for socialism and radical liberalism, through organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Other than America, any nation that hasn’t adopted such a view of global governance is a third-world, underdeveloped country – which usually is filled with something worse than socialism.

Because of threats, attacks and terrorism, our government officials have stepped up and seized more power for themselves. They took our rights and gave themselves freedom with the USA Patriot Act; they decided they could spy with the Homeland Security legislation while they created the largest bureaucracy on the planet. Government is in a pathetic situation.

With all these problems, change seems impossible. Liberalism has infected society and retains the idealism through the public education system. And, it seems, the chances of teaching American values and constitutionalism in government schools are slim to none.

It’s a cycle of preserving all that is wrong in this world and barring attempts at change. Let’s face it: the educational system is run, bought and paid for by the National Education Association, and it won’t fall on its own sword.

Our nation is facing many problems in this day and age. I, myself, have struggled with whether to give up hope or continue to hold out a guarded optimism and belief that one day America will return to its original intention and purpose.

I have come to the conclusion that there is hope for freedom and conservatism in America. The obvious opportunities that this generation of conservatives has are vast. We have the Internet, radio and growing effort of communication and organization. All these things will allow constitutionalism to gain power with mainstream Americans.

The reason to hold out hope is that these options weren’t available to previous generations. The Internet as we know it has only been around for a handful of years; mainstream talk radio has only been around for a little over a decade. Conservative organizations are just now getting a grasp on the organizing and networking that made the left so successful.

There is reason to have hope and it is not in vain. However, a great amount of work must be done, and we must handle it the right way. This generation – my generation – has the chance to become the true “greatest generation.”

The so-called “greatest” generation did their part in defending our nation from the external threats of Europe and the evils of the Nazi empire, and they kept our nation alive during those tough times. Yet, as Walter E. Williams points out in his Nov. 13 column, they failed to uphold the Constitution at home. Worse, they failed to educate their children in the ideals of America and the way to internally preserve our nation.

On the other hand, my generation, generation “Y” or whatever they call us, is going to be in the same position. We are in the position to defend our nation against the external threats of terrorism, but we need to defend our nation against the internal threats of liberalism and socialism. Education is the key – personal, one-on-one education.

It is essential for freedom that we not forget the ideals and the values of our nation. Otherwise, America is no different than any other nation, because these values and ideas are the only hope for freedom.

During the beginning of our holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving, we must give thanks for our freedom and our opportunities, but we must reaffirm our ideals and our mission.

I may be too optimistic in my hope that change is possible. However, even if such an optimistic approach is unrealistic, freedom of the mind and freedom of hope is something that we will always have.