Written by Scott Cooper
VTPP Membership Chair
June 29, 2011
Almost two years ago I met a family at the 2009 AFP Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington, DC. They were newly engaged conservatives in the battle to defeat Obamacare. I made a point to introduce myself to the woman after her speech because she mentioned they resided in the hometown both my parents grew up in, in SC, a place I still visit 2 – 4 times a year. She spoke eloquently, but said that type of situation was foreign to her. She said she was a brand new “activist.” Because of similar interests, and the hometown connection – we have remained in contact via Facebook these past two years.
This week their entire family (of 7) was in Washington DC protesting FDA regulations. On their way home, they stopped to have dinner with Suzy, David and I in Fredericksburg tonight. We are planning to get together again in the future when we will be in South Carolina.
Three Saturday’s ago I had the privilege of sharing a meal at Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta with individuals from at least 10 States, who were in Atlanta for the weekend to strategize ways to reclaim our republic for the conservative principles we hold so dear.
In February, at another strategy session in Phoenix I shared several meals with some of those same folks and many others. One of the couples in Phoenix (their families) had fled Eastern Europe in the 1940’s and then lived through the riots and revolutionary times in France in the 1960’s. Those folks cautioned about the mentality that was so pervasive in France at that time and shared why they fled Europe to come to America. They continued to share how, based on their experience they now see how that mentality has infected American Culture and are engaged in the conservative grassroots movement in the US because there is nowhere else to escape to.
While ABSOTULETLY NONE OF US wants to be in this battle to save our republic – we would rather be building our businesses, raising families and pursuing our own happiness; one of the greatest benefits of being a part of this huge grassroots effort is to be building relationships that cross state lines – and literally span our great nation from sea to shining sea. It truly is an honor and privilege to get to know so many folks from across our republic that possesses a commitment and passion to do good for our country.
I could write more about this passionate volunteer army of patriots that are sacrificing time, money, and other resources, but I don’t want to write a book. I simply want to reflect on the relationships that are being built. Many of us, when we sit alone at our desks or computers studying the issues, we become overwhelmed and discouraged – but it is the relationships that are being formed that should help inspire us to press on. Alone, the task may seem impossible – but as someone said – we outnumber them. “We surround them.”
We have some tough roads ahead, but these relationships give me encouragement, and I hope and pray they give you encouragement too. We will prevail. And when all is said and done, we will have gotten through the hard times together, and will have built some amazing relationships and friendships along the way – friendships that will last a life time.
Having been on numerous conference calls and in strategy sessions at the local, state and national level clearly we will have disagreements and struggles in coming to consensus on certain items – but in the end after we have prevailed. We will look back on these trials and be grateful for the skills, talents, leaders and relationships that Providence established through these trials.
I close reflecting on the relationship of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Both were on the committee of five to author the Declaration of Independence. They worked very closely together on that project – then spent time together in Europe representing our new experiment, then both served in The Executive Branch during Adam’s presidency (Jefferson as Vice-President), then, as the political party process started they became bitter rivals for a very long time. Before their death, 50 years to the day after the signing of The Declaration of Independence, they had reconciled and were Facebook Friends – well, they wrote hand written letters to each other on a pretty regular basis about everything under the sun.
It is my prayer, that 50 years from now, we will look back on this turbulent time: we will have restored the concept of Federalism, Limited Representative Government, personal responsibility, ended the welfare state, promoted individual charity, individual rights, property rights, the rule of law, restored a strong American work ethic, and most important the importance of virtue and all that entails. We will also be corresponding with large number of friends, in whatever mode of communication that exists at that time, from all across the republic, who never would have even known each other had we not lived in such a time as this.