What Price Freedom?
By Marilyn Snyder
Published in the Redlands Daily Facts, September 01, 2013
As American citizens we each have a responsibility unique in the world.
It is our job to elect competent and honest people to represent us in leadership positions at every level of government.
We Americans have had that privilege for 237 years or, in my case, for less than 60 years when my grandfather became a U.S. citizen.
Even as a child I recognized how lucky that made me.
Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
Because we have a representative democracy, it is our responsibility as citizens to guard our nation against those who would tear it down.
We are expected to be involved with the process of electing representatives who uphold the Constitution and our values, a task we cannot offload to anyone else.
Many of us feel we could do a much better job if we had specific training on how to fulfill that responsibility.
Helping to make the learning curve shorter, a coalition of conservative groups is working together to bring the Leadership Institute of Arlington, Va., to the Inland Empire on Sept. 7.
The goal is to assist in training locals who know that the only way to stop the downward spiral of America is to become an active participant in the election process.
For more information, visit www.RedlandsTeaParty.com.
Partnering with the Redlands Tea Party Patriots is Redlands Townhall and the Redlands Republican Women’s Club.
The Leadership Institute is a conservative training organization that has been training conservative leaders and activists since 1979.
Interestingly, the Leadership Institute was one of the conservative organizations targeted by the IRS for special scrutiny.
It is especially significant to the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, many of whom are Johnnycome-latelys to the whole politics game, and are helping grow our local tea party movement into a regional power.
Our members join us from throughout the Inland Empire.
We don’t have years of political background to help us as we struggle to reverse the direction taken by our cities, states and the federal government toward fiscal irresponsibility and the weakening of Constitutional law.
Individually we have grown to understand the need for full citizen participation in the election process.
Oh sure, we knew it in theory because we’ve heard it all our lives.
But actually putting the shoe leather to the pavement and canvassing has been a whole new life experience.
During the 2012 election the Redlands Tea Party made a significant impact on a number of elections by promoting the candidacy of conservatives in both the primaries and the general election.
While we are a bi-partisan organization, we befriend conservative candidates who espouse our values of free markets, fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government.
Many people see the negative direction America and California are taking, but do not know what they can do to change that direction and restore the principles that made America great, free and prosperous.
This training is designed not just for political activists, but also for people who want to get off the couch and onto the political football field.
People considering a run for office are encouraged to attend.
This training is open to the public and to people of any political stripe. Come and learn to make a difference and stand up for your conservative values.
At a recent gathering at my house, it seemed downright ominous when one friend stayed after to warn me that one of my guests was a liberal.
The friend seemed to think that my conservative comments about a political issue were inappropriate in mixed company— liberals and conservatives.
How better to get a conversation going?
Since today’s average conservative seems compelled to whisper their beliefs when in that kind of mixed company, this workshop might help them and the rest of us feel more confident about expressing our beliefs, airing contrasting viewpoints, and bearing our responsibility as citizens to pay the price for freedom.
And, in the process, electing conservatives to office.