In November 2004, my wife and I plucked a ten month old baby out of a Siberian orphanage. The orphanage was located in an old copper smelting town. A town where we did not see the sun for the four plus weeks we were there. A town where the people walked around without expression. My wife remarked that she now understood why they would "ship people off to Siberia". Our driver who lived in a larger city about 45 minutes away remarked of this town that "this is not living, it is existing". As we left the orphanage for the last time with our new son Eddy, bundled up in his first snowsuit, we navigated down a snow covered road with potholes so large they could swallow a small vehicle. I looked at my son and there was a single tear running down his cheek. I thought: to him, even at ten months, all he knew was that he was leaving the only place he had ever known, and he was heading to the unkown. What my wife and I knew, and what all those good Russian people that helped us along with the adoption knew, was that Eddy was heading for a better life. He was heading to the greatest country in the world, he was heading for the United States of America. He was heading to a country where people came in droves, to escape tyranny and poverty. He was leaving a place where he most likely would have stayed until the age of fifteeen. And then he would have been granted a small government stipend and then be put on the street. In short order the military would come along to "enlist" him. Almost six years later, I am looking around at what has transpired in America and I said to myself, "I did not rescue my son from Siberia in order for him to come to a country where goverment is king". I look at a man sitting in the White House who told the people of this great nation in October of 2008 that "We are Days Away From Fundamentally Transforming The United States of America". It was either too late to react or we really weren't listening to what he was saying all throughout the campaign. But now we see, the people be damned, a President and his extreme left minions in the House and Senate doing what was promised....fundamental change of The United States of America. Well this is not change those of us who love our country believe in. This is not change that my father and his five brothers fought for in World War II. This is not the change that I brought my son home from Siberia to embrace. I believe that the 2010 elections are the most pivitol of my lifetime. If we, as the silent too long majority, do not rise up and change America back, we have only ourselves to blame. We need to elect leaders who are unwavering in their support for the Constitution and the principles on which this country was founded. As Lt. Col Allen West said during a campaign stop for the U.S. House of Representatives "I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country. Don't go home and let your children down." Well I pledge to Eddy that I will do my part to make sure he grows up in the America that his Grandfathers and Uncles fought to preserve. The America that all those soldiers before and after them fought to preserve. The America that is NOT the vision of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.
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