LiLpoH, standing for Life, Liberty, & the pursuit of Happiness. Over the past 14 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 is important to those of us with Boston roots: it depicts the Battles of Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775. The first military battles in our Revolution. Imagine the bravery of the Minutemen, untrained citizen militiamen, who faced a mighty European Army.
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 leader I most admire? Winston Churchill, who 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? Jury is still out. Some of his pending nominations look quite promising. Others look like a rehash of Wall Street and big business.
Talk is cheap, and Trump is, so far, a lot of talk with a shaky track record. We’ll see. As Obama campaigned on, with negative effect, was “hope and change.” Perhaps this change will actually give us some hope.
And, yes, I do kind of resemble the old guy in the graphic.