Yesterday morning I received an email from Cherilyn Eagar, who I am supporting in her bid for the U.S. Senate seat, to replace Sen. Robert Bennett in 2010. She forwarded the following comment from one of the other volunteers who is helping out with her campaign.
It is my prayer that this fast day provides all of us involved with this movement the inspiration necessary to accomplish the task before us. It is more than one campaign or one issue. It is the beginning of the last fight.
That last line, "It is the beginning of the last fight", was particularly poignant. A few weeks ago a friend who is involved and knowledgeable in government, and whom I greatly respect, said almost exactly those words. I had felt them in my heart before either man spoke them. I had hoped for comfort and reassurance that "all is well" but I know better.
Still, there is hope. People are waking up. After all, it is pretty hard to sleep through the nationalization of our banks and large segments of our private business, the unprecedented seizure of power by the executive branch of our federal government and delegated to others without more than a hint of resistance from the legislative branch, extravagant and unrestrained government spending in the name of "stimulus", and unspeakable debt being heaped upon our heads and those of at least two future generations.
These things are happening at break-neck speed, which has left many shaking their heads or wringing their hands. To be honest, I've done my share of both. I've also written letters to my senators, Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett, both R-UT, who don't listen to their constituents -- and to my Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who fortunately gets it and does listen. I've shared appropriate news articles with friends and relatives, I've attended Tea Parties, participated in online political forums, and sent money to conservative candidates. I've learned that head-shaking and hand-wringing offer no consolation. Even the letter writing, Tea Party protesting, and news sharing offer limited comfort.
Where I have found a measure of purpose and greater hope has been in finding a candidate I believe in, and spending as much time as I can in supporting her. The only real say I have in the federal government is through representatives with proper principles and some backbone. I will do all that I can to put such representatives into office. They ultimately are the ones who will be fighting on the front lines in the Last Fight for our freedom and and our country as we know it.