by John Grimaldi – WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 27 – “Take the time in the New Year to do a good turn for your neighbor, for your community, for your country and for the sake of the freedoms we hold dear. That’s my New Year’s resolution and I encourage our members and friends to share these ambitions in 2014,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
He offered this year-end message to the more than one million members of AMAC and their families and friends, asking them to “get involved with the task of preserving the legacies of our Founding Fathers so that we can ensure the future for the next generations. This country was born for the purpose of providing refuge for those who had no shelter, for offering opportunity for those with little or no hope for the future and for affording individuals, whoever they are and wherever they come from, a chance to live, speak and worship as they please. And, of course, for helping each other to succeed so that we can promote growth and independence for ourselves and others.”
Weber said that AMAC is committed to preserving that heritage and noted that “we must not take these freedoms for granted. We need to actively protect them by being responsible citizens who participate in the process by exercising our right to petition our lawmakers, by using our votes to elect those who will steer us clear of murky ideologies and, of course, by looking out for one another.”
He cautioned that “the progressive principles that have been espoused in recent years threaten our political independence and the authority of ‘we, the people,’ that is guaranteed under our Constitution.
Whether a voter is a Democrat or a Republican is not the issue. The issue is the liberal influence that has made the nation dependent on the so-called largess of government in the form of indiscriminate hand-outs. Remember it was a Democrat, John Kennedy, who said, ‘ask not what your country can do for you,’ and it was a Republican, Ronald Reagan who said, ‘the greatness of America doesn’t begin in Washington; it begins with each of you—in the mighty spirit of free people under God.’ We have an obligation to ourselves and to our children and our grandchildren that can only be fulfilled if we remain diligent and aware of the threats posed by those who rewrite and distort history. And, AMAC stands ready to aid that cause.”
The Encyclopedia Britannica’s definition of a political Conservative is one who ‘favors institutions and practices that have evolved gradually and are manifestations of continuity and stability. Government’s responsibility is to be the servant, not the master, of existing ways of life, and politicians must therefore resist the temptation to transform society and politics.”
It defines a political Liberal as one who believes that “protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the central problem of politics. Liberals typically believe that government is necessary to protect individuals from being harmed by others.”
Weber concluded that if you ask Americans what their preference might be, “the great majority would opt for describing themselves as political Conservatives. And, that’s the key to winning back our country from Liberals who would impose greater government intrusion into our personal lives. We must oppose the Liberal demagogues – politicians “who make use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.”