“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”
I sometimes feel that I am neglecting my children. I spend a considerable amount of time watching the news, reading the news, listening to the news and reading blogs. I spend time discussing all this information with my husband and I write for my own blog. I also read books to get background on the events of times we live in. When I’m really vexed, I write my Senators and Congressman.
So sometimes my girls watch a little too much television. Sometimes they fight with each other without my intervention. Sometimes the little one gets left in her highchair a bit longer than she needs to be.
The immigration situation is out of control in this country and all that our Senate can do is try to ram their (and the President’s) agenda down our throats. We are faced with creeping Sharia and the threat of Islamic violence. Free speech is under attack. (Can you say Fairness Doctrine? Sure, I knew you could.) Public education has turned into PC indoctrination.
What is a mother to do? As I look at the long term I feel the need to become more and more of an activist. A big part of that is to urge my fellow Americans to take the same approach. While I don’t want to advocate neglecting our children in the short term, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. If we want our children to have the opportunity to be good parents some day, we may have to be less than ideal parents now.
We can make a difference. Learn a lesson from the Senate immigration bill. When we talk loudly enough, even our Imperial Senators listen. We need to educate ourselves so we can fight for our country, and fight for our freedoms. Then we need to be persistent in spreading the information we gain. Our elected officials at all levels need to know what we think.
Take a look in the mirror this Fourth of July. Who do you see? Is it a person who is going to kick back, eat a burger, watch a parade and let everything we have slip away? Or is it someone who is going to be inspired to help keep this country strong and turn the wolf away from the door? Today is the day to decide who you really want to be.