So when Barack Obama says he wants to transform America, what does he mean? There was another revolution that went on, right about the same time as the American Revolution and the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the French Revolution. The French Revolution was eerily similar to the American Revolution, but there was a significant difference. The French Revolution was also to overthrow a king, yes. The revolutionaries' guiding words were equality (sounds goods), liberty (good) and fraternity or brotherhood -- not paternity, fatherhood. That is, in France, the belief was not that rights come from a Creator. Instead, the other revolution was a secular, godless, anti-clerical revolution. Churches were burned; clergy were killed. It was a rejection of God.
Barack Obama's vision for America is the same vision that has been running wild for two centuries in Europe. All of Western Europe is now a descendent of the French Revolution. Churches there are empty. It is a secular culture and a dying culture. Europeans don't have rights, other than the rights the government decides to give and occasionally take away. American liberals like to look to Europe and say, "Look at the gun-control laws there." Well, how about looking at the free speech laws there, or the other freedoms? They don't have the freedoms we do, because they don't have the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution we have. So when Barack Obama says he wants to transform America, and he looks down his nose at people who "cling" to their guns and their Bible, he understands that the critical transition America has to make is to reject the Declaration, to reject that living, breathing document of the Constitution.
We are at a critical time in America because the transformation that Barack Obama has talked about is actually happening. Those on the left live this battle every minute of the day. They do it in their schools, in their homes, in their church, at work. They are constantly pushing their agenda, and they are marginalizing anybody and everybody who disagrees with them. And now it turns out many in the federal government are doing it, as well. Positions that have been the bulwark of American civilization are now the "fringe." You must, in every aspect of your life, understand the battle that is before us -- because they do. You ask what you can do? Be as passionate as they are about what you love about this country.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works.
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