Earlier this month, I listened to the furious and impassioned rant of Sean Hannity calling for the “idiots” who are standing on “principle” to “wake up!” Asking us, are we going to give up the White House to Hillary Clinton because of our principles?
Before I answer that question, I ask you this: When Nathan Hale was about to be executed for being a revolutionary spy he said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Why was he willing to give his life if it wasn't for the principles on which he stood?
When the signers of the Declaration of Independence put quill to paper and signed their own death warrant, knowing well they were going against tremendous odds to do so, why were they willing to risk so much if it weren’t for the principles on which they stood?
When so many brave men bled out their lives in the revolution, among whom were my ancestors, they did so because of their belief that they had a right, given by God, to stand for something. Indeed, all of our great national heroes faced tremendous odds and personal sacrifice for the principles on which they stood.
When my uncle lost his life bombing an artillery factory in Nazi-controlled Austria in World War II, he did so because he stood for something and wanted his family back home to always have the freedom to stand for what they believed in.
When my grandfather walked into World War II Germany to liberate the captive, he stood for something and risked his life so his kids and grandkids could have the freedom to stand for what they believed in.
When my husband chose to serve his country as an active duty Air Force officer for seven years, he did so because he wanted to protect our rights to stand up for something.
In the words of country singer Aaron Tippen, “You’ve got to stand for somethin’, or you’ll fall for anything. You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string. Never compromise what’s right. …”
With the legacy I have inherited of standing up for something, I have the duty to honor the memory of the fallen, the faithful and the currently fighting and stand for what is right, no matter what the cost. Would you now ask me to deny everything I hold sacred and sign my name to something I cannot believe in? Would you have me shut up and sit down and not use the blessed gift of freedom given me at such a cost? Would you not have me teach my children to stand for something?
For each of us, standing for something becomes unique and personal based on our values, background and belief system. We may not always stand for the same things, but we should all stand together as Americans, proud of the heritage we have been given to stand.
I respect your right to stand on your principles, but I ask you not to belittle or deny me my right to stand for mine. Our Founding Fathers stood together in the Continental Congress with a wide assortment of opinions and beliefs. Each stood and debated for the things they believed in, but were also willing to listen and consider the viewpoint of opposing thought. The greatest document of our time came out of that debate to the satisfaction of all.
For me, standing means holding on and holding up the Christian values that were passed down to me. I believe this nation was blessed and preserved by the God of Heaven. The Constitution was not a skillful document decided only by man, but also inspired by God. I believe our nation will be preserved and protected by his hand as long as we will have him to be our God.
I still believe that God intends us to live the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt have no other gods before me, Thou shalt have no graven images, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain, Keep the Sabbath day holy, Honor thy father and mother, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bare false witness, and Thou shalt not covet. How can we ask the God of Heaven to preserve us if we put at the head of our government leaders who have rejected his commandments?
As I look at the “fruits” of each candidate, I can find nothing that tells me that Clinton or Trump stand for the things that I hold most dear. Wherever these two touch, anger, malice, division and hatred ensue.
If we want healing in our nation, if we truly want peace, if we truly want God’s hand, then we have to stand against evil and choose someone who stands firmly for what is right and decent and just. Overcoming evil by supporting one whose acts are also evil is as lifeless as going into more debt to fix our debt crisis.
So come this election I will stand and be counted. I will raise my voice and be one of the counted “idiots” that go against the bullying status quo and stand for the Christian values that make me who I am and made this country what it is. I will not settle for evil. I will vote for someone who is standing on principle and asking others to stand with him in a revolution against the abuses of a corrupt government on both sides of the isle. I will be found fighting for the values and morals and virtue that has kept us one nation under God. I am aware that this movement might not affect this election, but it will create a needed voice for the future of our republic.
So, from the original question, am I willing to be an “idiot” and give the White House to Hillary. My answer is no! Those voting for her are giving her the White House. Trump's lack of self-control and values is giving her the White House. I am voting against her and all she stands for by voting for my values and beliefs. My question is, are you standing for what you truly believe in? It is your right, your freedom and your duty. You are not a puppet on a political string, you are an American!
Joni Healey lives in Provo.