Whether you are Democrat or Republican, one thing can be agreed upon: Americans have seen hard times over the last four years. The growing unemployment rate, national debt, as well as the possibility of legislation that has the capability of fundamentally changing this country are amongst the issues Americans have on their minds while preparing for the election in less than 70 days. Voters will then have to decide between two opposing ideals and, with this decision, the possibility of drastically altering how the American Dream is perceived by people all over the world. It is my heartfelt opinion that we take hints from our history in order to correct the offenses caused by liberals who seek to “fundamentally change” our way of life otherwise America will cease to exist as we know it. And what better way than to quote from one of America’s heroes and most beloved Commander-In-Chief, the Greatest Communicator himself, Ronald Reagan:

“I had an assignment the other day. Someone asked me to write a letter for a time capsule that is going to be opened in Los Angeles a hundred years from now, on our Tricentennial. It sounded like an easy assignment. They suggested I write something about the problems and issues today. I set out to do so, riding down the coast in an automobile, looking at the blue Pacific out on one side and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other, and I couldn’t help but wonder if it was going to be that beautiful a hundred years from now as it was on that summer day… Let your own minds turn to that task. You are going to write for people a hundred years from now who know all about us. We know nothing about them. We don’t know what kind of world they will be living in.

And then it dawned on me; those alive a hundred years from now will know whether those missiles were fired. The will know whether we met our challenge. Whether they have freedoms that we have known thus far will depend on what we do here. Will they look back with appreciation and say, “Thank God for those people in 1976 who headed off that loss of freedom; who kept us now one hundred years later free; who kept our world from nuclear destruction?”

And if we failed, they probably won’t get to read the letter at all because it spoke of individual freedom, and they won’t be allowed to talk of that or read of it. This is our challenge; and this is why here in this hall tonight, better than we have ever done before, we have got to quite talking to each other and about each other and go out and communicate to the world that we may be fewer in numbers than we have ever been, but we carry the message they are waiting for. These days it is not uncommon to hear the question “how did we get here?” or “why did we let this happen?” after reading stories of plunging economic rates and possible new laws being debated on both the State and Federal levels that result in more loss of individual freedom. Much of the feedback I have recieved mostly consist of people in agreement that we have become too lazy with our freedoms.

“We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said a few years ago is true: There is no substitute for Victory.”

Ronald Reagan at the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas City, Kansas

In 2006 and, even worse, 2008 our people allowed a Democrat majority of Progressives into office who monopolized our freedoms by abusing the roles of power given to them by our trusting votes as we were fed, and happily consumed, lies of “hope” and “change” under the guise of generosity through “equal opportunity” to all. Since then reality has struck and we are now in a fight for our country’s future as the battle between ideologies of Socialism and Capitalism; too much government regulation and freedom from government are now the deciding factors. It is during these times that America needs courage and hope with glimpses of a bright future down the road ahead. Not just for ourselves but for the generations to come. As Paul Ryan said in his recent Vice Presidential candidate acceptance speech, the mess the Obama administration has left this country in a state of array not conducive with the American Dream.

The speech that comes to my mind which best gives listeners hope is Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Farewell Address best known as the “Shining City On A Hill” speech from 1989 when he left office. In this speech he beautifully and endearingly embodied the strength of America at her finest using the inspiring words of John Winthrop, the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony and a pilgrim who traveled across the Atlantic aboard the Arabella in 1630.

People of America, we are better than this. We must be better than this in order for America to succeed. Not only is it our duty to better our country and our society for the next generations, but it is our responsibility, together as a nation, to uphold the freedom that our founding fathers lived for. A freedom endowed by our Creator. For under God no one man or group of people may have the authority to dictate our lives, therefore, securing our individual freedom: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted amongst Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” and penned in our Constitution for solidarity.

Elissa Roberson | College of the Desert | @ElissaRoberson