Few generations get to defend their country. Your time is now.

I dare you to watch this entire video and then continue to be part of the silent majority. It’s a video of Judge Andrew Napolitano, former New Jersey state judge who sat on that state’s highest trial bench.  His main topic is healthcare and the idea that regulation of that activity (and many others) is not within the constitutional powers of Congress.  He is well-studied, articulate, and correct in that opinion.  He also talks a great deal about the tremendous abuse of power of our entire federal government.

I agree, and agree in particular with his comment from which my title is derived.  Only a few generations get the opportunity to defend their country, to defend the freedom of their country from enemies who would take it down.  My father’s generation had that opportunity and rose to the occasion in World War II.  That was the Greatest Generation.  Our — your — opportunity is now.  This is the hour when your generation has the opportunity, I say the obligation, to defend the country from the onslaught of a government run-amuck. Heady with the feeling of power, there seems to be no limit to what this government will attempt to ram down our throats. I’m not some radical nut, and neither are you or you would not be reading this far. I’ve taken an oath (many times) to defend the constitution and laws of this state and of the United States.  The Constitution takes precedence and citizens of patriotic good faith must speak out.

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About Judge Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano joined FOX News Channel FNC in January 1998 and currently serves as the senior judicial analyst. He provides legal analysis on both FNC and FOX Business Network FBN . He is also a fill in co-host for FOX & Friends regularly and co-hosts FOX News Radio s Brian and The Judge show daily.

Judge Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. While on the bench from 1987 to 1995, Judge Napolitano tried more than 150 jury trials and sat in all parts of the Superior Court – criminal, civil, equity and family. He has handled thousands of sentencings, motions, hearings and divorces. For 11 years, he served as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Seton Hall Law School, where he provided instruction in constitutional law and jurisprudence.

Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995 and began television broadcasting in the same year. Judge Napolitano has written three books: Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws ; a New York Times bestseller, The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land ; and A Nation of Sheep. His writings have also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Sun, The Baltimore Sun, The New London Day, The Seton Hall Law Review, The New Jersey Law Journal and The Newark Star-Ledger. He lectures nationally on the Constitution and human freedom.

Judge Napolitano received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1972, and received his Juris Doctor from University of Notre Dame in 1975.

via Andrew P. Napolitano – FOXNews.com.

3 Replies to “Few generations get to defend their country. Your time is now.”

  1. Gil,

    The conqueror has, for most of mankind’s time, written the history. That served us all poorly, causing tribal and sectarian wars and preventing important knowledge from flowing down through generations mingling from society to society as contact between isolated groups had contact. One of the benefits that SHOULD occur from human advancement is that history, and all the shared experience base of humankind becomes more complete and unified with the passage of time. What we seem to be seeing today falls far short of that. We seem to be back to seeing history rewritten by “the conquerors”, not made more complete. This tendency is, unfortunately, not unique to any particular political, ethnic, or sectarian interest group so it seems to be becoming more, not less, pervasive.

    The musing of the framers of our Constitution provide important context to understanding what “history” they wanted to enable their new country and its inhabitants to avoid reliving. They put down their “big ideas” in our Declaration of independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, then supplimented those with finer detail through their more detailed musings such as The Federalist Papers. Much of that history is being vigorously swept under the carpet by a generation of history professors and career politicians (who fund them) and who find the focus on individual freedoms as outranking most, but not all, collective interests to be “immature” and “unfair”. This is what is being taught in far too many of our history and “social studies” classes today. And as they do this, as I suggested above, our history is being erased and replaced with both missing pieces and, sadly, foundational principles which were not there at our founding and which would surely have distressed such individuals as Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Of course to understand how those “big ideas” of the late 1700’s in America came into the limelight, understanding the “big ideas” of the preceeding couple hunderd years in western Europe is helpful.

    Perhaps those who complain that the history texts would be 4,000 pages and too much to teach are correct. In that circumstance, it would seem to me that capturing and transferring to the next generation the few over-riding principles, and refinements of those principles, in each era would be the right way to go rather than approach the problem (outside the few who will learn that they want to know more about some aspect of that time in history) as an encyclopedic knowledge transfusion.

    Don

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