Are we still the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?”

In a recent interview (below) Brit Hume from Foxnews provided an accurate analysis of why Senator Ted Cruz and Tea Party groups fought the battle to defund or delay Obamacare and why what was attempted was the right thing to do, regardless of the short term outcome.


As I think about the last several weeks though, I’m reminded of Dr Ben Carson’s parting comments last night in Chattanooga at an event I had the opportunity to attend (paraphrased):  “The final phrase in the Star Spangled Banner is ‘…the land of the free and the home of the brave.’  We will remain the land of the free only so long as we are the home of the brave .”

I suppose that many who witnessed Davy Crockett in 1836 heading to the Alamo viewed his mission as foolish.  Furthermore, they no doubt mocked his foolishness and pointed to his death as evidence of his failure.  But history affirms the heroism of Crockett and we now look to him as an example of bravery and as someone who valued Liberty more than Life itself.

Similarly, many will decry Ted Cruz and the Tea Party for daring to take on Obama and the Democrats (as well as progressives in the Republican Party).  But in my view what we witnessed over the last few weeks was men and women who exhibited bravery in their attempt to defend Freedom.

The question we need to all ask ourselves though is, was the struggle over Obamacare and the Debt Limit merely a battle in the larger war with more battles still to come or was this struggle one of the final chapters in a losing war?

The good news is that the American people will ultimately decide which it is. But unfortunately though, that is also the bad news.

So which will it be?

Our victory or loss falls squarely on the shoulders of We the People.