FREEDOM RINGS 1776 is a conservative voice, defending the views of those who still believe in the constitution and opposing any and all who would lead us from our tried and true beliefs. We who still believe in the spirit of 1776 must oppose anyone who would set this nation on a course that will fundamentally transform America.
One of my more intellectual friends from Norway recently brought up the topic of mankind's tendency toward denial in in the face a reality that simply will not fit into their perceptions of what the world should be. That form of escapism takes its toll. That condition is properly known as cognitive dissonance, and it runs roughshod over what we all know to be fact. Those facts if accepted, however, lead us to the inevitable conclusion that the world as we know it is ending and tomorrow's world more closely resembles a nightmare from Dante than the dreams of our Founders. Consequently most of our people are living in a state of denial and without fail, denial always leads to ruin.
Were I to define myself it would have to be as a philosopher, a scientist, a historian, a writer and poet, a patriot, a warrior, an idealist, and a fool. That last distinction has only recently been added to the list, due primarily to the fact that in holding onto my idealism for so long, I have ignored the fact that the ideals I treasure still apply to me but do not extend to most of my fellow Americans as I once believed. Accepting this reality has no doubt struck me to the core but even in the face of that reality my head is bloody, but unbowed, as the poem states.