IT IS OUR DUTY
Coach Dave Daubenmire
September 3, 2009
For the past seven nights I have been sleeping outside the office of my Congressman, Zack Space, of the 18th Congressional District of Ohio. It is one of the most conservative districts in America, the former seat of disgraced Congressman Bob Ney who was jailed for his involvement in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Zack Space was swept into office on the broom used to clean out the remnants of Hurricane Ney.
According to reports, which I am unable to verify, the 18th District voted 62% for John McCain in the 2008 election, while also placing in office the “Blue-Dog” Democrat Space with the approval of nearly 57% of these very Republican, God-fearing Americans.
Over the past six months, Space has proven to be more of a “yellow dog”, or perhaps “lap dog” Democrat for the Pelosi Congress, much to the dismay of those who believed that Space was “one of them”, and trusted him to stand up for their values in Washington.
For three weeks I have been working to get Mr. Space to hold a PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETING for these “disenfranchised” voters in the hills of eastern Ohio. Space, like so many other elected officials, has proven himself to be both cowardly and arrogant; unwilling to face those he has sworn an oath to represent.
Because of that, I embarked on a 24/7 round-the-clock vigil outside of his office in Zanesville, Ohio. I just felt that it had reached the point where the rhetoric had to stop and someone had to put action to the threats. So, I grabbed a flag, ran up the hill, and planted it outside the office of Congressman Space believing that others would follow my call to action. As I love to tell those who pass by my personal campground, “They will never see the light until we make them feel the heat.”
Zack Space has treated me, and those I represent, worse than illegal aliens. He has called me names, ridiculed my efforts, labeled me a “tea-bagger”, and insinuated that I was delusional. (Watch this) Character assassination is their answer to those who disagree with them. They consider us serfs, peons who get in the way of their elitist agendas. It upsets them that we don’t “know our place,” which is to pull the lever for them and then shut our mouths. We have lost control of our government.
Pardon my French, but the folks are pissed. I’ve met hundreds this week like Bob. A Viet Nam vet who left “Nam” in ’64, raised eight children, has thirty two grandchildren; his heart is breaking over the sell-out of this nation by dark forces. His retirement is gone, his freedom is under assault and in his words, “the same folks I fought in Nam are grabbing control of this nation.” The kettle is bubbling. Unless you walk the streets of places like Zanesville, Ohio where the salt of the earth folks roam, you can never understand the patriotic fervor that pumps in the heartland. Patriots like Bob, by the millions, “clinging to their God and their guns” will not go silently into the night.
It is apparent now, that Congressman Space, like scores of others in America, will not come out to play. He has chosen to hide. Last week he took a “fact finding” trip to Afghanistan, instead of meeting with the good folks of the 18th District. Perhaps Congressman Space feels it is safer to be in Afghanistan than it is to face the wrath of old Marines like Bob.
So, this Thursday, we will hold our own “Empty Seat” Town Hall Meeting at the Muskingum County Courthouse in Zanesville, directly across the street from Zack Space’s office. Hundreds will turn out to direct questions towards an empty chair where Congressman Space should be sitting. We will video the event and get the questions to the cowardly Space. We think old boys like Bob have earned the right to be heard. Zack Space isn’t worthy of cleaning the urinal that these great patriots dirty.
Space answers to the stuffed shirts…the pencil-necked elite who think a war room is where one destroys political opponents. They are traitors to this country…selling out the boys back home for a place at Obama’s table. It is so sad that America has come to this.
Many times over the past week as I have occupied my spot outside the Congressman’s office grateful American’s have stopped by to pat me on the back, give me a coke, bring me a pizza, or tell me a story. It has been a humbling experience. It has helped me to see how desperately our battle for liberty needs leaders. The troops are in the field…waiting for a commander. What we get is a humanistic lawyer like Zack Space.
The most common thing that is repeated to me is “Oh Coach, you are so brave. We need men like you.” After hearing that for about the twentieth time it finally hit me. The problem in America today is that we have reached the point where duty looks like bravery. Since when did doing one’s duty become brave?
We have so dropped the ball. You and me I am talking about. It is easy to blame all of our problems on the Zack Space’s of the world, but if you and I had been vigilant to “do our duty to God and country” the fascist would never have seized the power that guys like Bob fought so hard to secure for “the people.”
But we have failed to do our duty.
Sixty years ago when they began the custom of committing our young boys to die for political wars someone should have shouted “NO”. It was our duty.
When the courts began to stick their noses into our schools and demand that we stopped teaching Biblical principles to our children we should have told them to take a hike. It was our duty.
When we watched them sandblast the 10 Commandments off our school house walls and replace God with metal detectors and guns we should have told them where to shove it. It was our duty.
When they began to levy taxes so burdensome that it took two wage earners to provide for a family we should have thrown some tea into the harbor. It was our duty.
When they gave women the right to kill little baby boys and little baby girls in the womb we should have screamed “over my dead body.” It was our duty.
As they passed laws limiting the right of the people to keep and bear arms someone should have screamed “lock and load.” It was our duty.
When the black-robed Taliban ruled that the government had the right to seize private property we should have stormed the Supreme Court and cleaned off the bench. It was our duty.
Every time it was discovered that one of our elected officials lied to the people they should have been tarred, feathered, and hung in the public square. It was our duty.
When America’s pastors went soft someone should have climbed into the pulpit and drug them out by their backward-collars. It was our duty.
Sounds radical, eh? Well how about what these boys said. “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”
I don’t know where this country is heading but I can assure you of this, unless Christian men grow some stones the outcome isn’t going to be good, and it surely won’t be easy. But, we have been here before. Have you read all of Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty” speech? It would be worth the time. I am so grateful that braver men preceded us…men who understood duty.
“They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
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Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries www.ptsalt.com and Minutemen United www.minutemenunited.org, is host of the high octane Pass The Salt radio show heard in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.