by Candace Salima, US Daily Review Contributor
I just finished speaking with my sweet, and much beloved, mother. She is 73-years of age, and has seen many ebbs and flows in America. She has watched history unfold, many of the greatest moments in American history, and is as proud of being an American now as she was then. But she wept as she spoke of current events, wept of what had been lost and feared could never be found again. We spoke at length, and I reminded her that America will not fail, could not fail. Yes, the light has dimmed in Ronald Regan’s “shining city on a hill,” but I have a new industrial strength lightbulb, which has been lit by the blood and tears of Americans gone before.
As we watch the GOP primary process go forward, it does appear as if Mitt Romney will emerge as the party’s nominee to face Barack Obama. He speaks often of the battle we are in, the battle for the very soul of America. On November 6, 2012 we will choose, irrevocably, one path: either European socialism, or the Republic for which our Founding Generation fought and died to provide for us. For me, and my house, we have chosen the Republic and are engaged in the battle to preserve it.
There is a quote by noted religious authority, Harold B. Lee, I often read to keep me fully engaged in this battle:
“Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the new Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won’t fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.
“I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through.” (Ye Are the Light of the World, President Harold B. Lee, p350-51)
This may not mean much to some, but for me, when I am asked why I keep fighting this good fight, I explain it is a sacred duty. I really do believe America to be the promised land, for so many. The promise of freedom. The promise of hope. Indeed, the very promise to pursue the American Dream as so many have before me. This is what we fight for, and remains uppermost in my mind. The America I wish to leave to her children, is the one left to me, not the one Barack Obama and his ilk are crafting. So I ask that differences be put aside, and we unite in this great cause. The very words of our Pledge of Allegiance, “United we stand, divided we fall,” are prophetic. The Left desires to divide us by race and income, the Right desires us to unite in a common goal. The choice is simple. Choose the Right.