We share a legacy
by Thom Spencer

We value it enough to gather in these cold dark days.  We are bound by duty to defend it, bound by gratitude and grace to speak of it.  We are committed to that legacy of freedom and the rule of law embodied in our Constitution.  Much has been said of that, and much will be still, as long as this republic stands.  I have faith that you, and millions like you, will not fail it.

Today, however, I want only to express my gratitude to three women who have helped me recognize the true value of the legacy we've inherited.

First, is my daughter.  She is only twelve years old, and no doubt has suffered through the whirlwind of events over the last few weeks.  I've seen the fear in her eyes at times, and wonder, and bravery.  Through rains and cold and a storm of words, she has been constant.  She has also been a constant reminder to me of the reasons we have and treasure our Constitution and our values.  She was born in a free nation.  As long as I have breath, she will remain free.

Next, my wife.  This tough and tender British woman is the best of everything England has produced.  Her native land, too, has a legacy... won through struggle, sacrifice, blood and  bull-dogged determination to live free.  Never have I seen this woman back down from a just cause.  Never.  She is an inspiration.  She is a pillar.  She is a rock.

Finally, a woman few of you could possibly know.  But I have known her for a dozen years.  Her story speaks volumes to my heart, and to the events we now witness.

The daughter of a small town newspaperman, she had enough money to tune in, turn on and drop out.  She became a flower child of the sixties.  But when her father died, some of his now considerable holdings fell to her.  She became the owner of television and radio stations.  And she found herself immediately up against the system in ways she might never have imagined before.

The first day she went to see the businesses she now owned, the legacy left by her father,  lawyers and weasels tried to put her in her place.   They stepped around her.  They ignored her.  When it became clear to her what was happening, that someone was trying to shut her out of her legacy with amused indifference, this young woman took control.  She stepped in front of them and introduced herself by name and with these words, "I OWN the damned company."

Since that moment, she's continued to treasure and build upon the legacy she inherited, and to defend it fearlessly.  Where others crumble against government intrusion on freedoms, against deceptive lawsuits and outright shakedowns, she holds her ground.  Where others settle, she looks the fakers, phonies and cheats in the eye and says "Not one dime.  Not one inch."

Those examples strengthen my resolve now as uglier events continue to unfold in our nation.  They lead to some reasonable questions.  Will we crumble against intrusion and deception and outright shakedown?  Will we settle?  Or will we look phonies and the fakers and the cheats in the eye and say, "We own the country.  Not one freedom.  Not one right.  Not one inch?"

I thank my daughter, my wife, and that woman for their courage.  Their examples have become a guiding force in my life.

What a debt of gratitude we owe the women of this nation!  When you think of our founding fathers, remember too our founding mothers and daughters. They not only toiled, but also tolerated the speeches and the flag waving and rallies and revolution.  Stand with them.  Stand by them.  Stand up for your legacy.

Where it all ends, we cannot yet know, but we know we will be part of the outcome.  And let us never forget where it all begins; with these words:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America."

There, is our common legacy.

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