LiLpoH, standing for Life, Liberty, & the pursuit of Happiness. Over the past 15 years, I’ve blogged under both this key phrase from our Declaration, and my state’s motto: sic semper tyrannis, thus always to tyrants.
Both are different ways of saying the same thing: that we Americans have a republic that was born in battle against those who would rule us imperially, without our true consent. Whether from London, or Washington, D.C. And that my blogging is a small way of reminding us of what we should all hold dear.
My name is John Rich. My roots are both Boston (Dad) and New York City (Mom). Yes, I root for the Yankees, but also the Bruins, Celtics, and the Pats. The header image, of the Battle of Lexington, illustrates how a rag-tag band of American patriots stood tall and risked their lives to free us from tyranny.
I’m a national security grunt, now retired. My heroes were those who stood tall for liberty: George Washington, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson among them. The modern leaders I most admire? Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, and John Paul II, all of whom knew how to deal with tyrants.
Our task as Americans is to at least attempt to live up to our Founders’ ideals of defending life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To me this means that our government should protect us from enemies, foreign and domestic (hmm, sounds like an oath I swore…). And little else.
Individual liberty, free markets, private property, limited government. Along with a healthy dose of personal responsibility for one’s actions. It’s worked for us so far, although liberals have been chipping away at it since they were One-Worlders in the Wilson administration.
Enough is enough. Will the election of Donald Trump in 2016 improve things? The jury is still out, and the very least a fair person can say is that Trump has certainly garnered some of the best enemies: left-wing identity politics zealots, do-nothing Washington politicians, and a mainstream media that seems unable to give him a fair hearing.
To rephrase the cheap litany of Obama, we yet hope for real change.