The quickest way to get a country boy’s dander up is to in
any way assault his/her family. Say what
you want about me but be very careful what you say about my wife or kids in my
hearing. Where I come from an attack on
any member of the family is not only considered an attack on the entire family
it is also considered a slander against the family’s integrity. It will not be tolerated.
To a lot of people that may come across as back-woodsy,
thin-skinned, and even unchristian. You
may mean ignorant and without class by “back-woodsy” but in most of rural
America we pride ourselves on helping one another out in our families and
communities. Honor and integrity still
mean something to us. So too does the
word “sacrifice.” By “thin-skinned” you
might think we cannot take valid criticism.
We can take fair minded criticism if you can take the unmitigated
truth. I can take the pejorative that I
“hold to guns and Bibles” if you will acknowledge that criminals could care
less what gun control laws you want passed and that doing so only puts at risk
those (like me and mine) who abide by laws.
I can take being called a religious fanatic because I believe the Bible
if you can take being called a nut case for believing in man-made global
warming in the midst of the coldest winter on record, and that it is an
empirical fact that the ice caps are getting bigger, and the median temperature
of the Earth is dropping, not rising.
And if you want to call my opposition to homosexuality (by far and away
the largest conduit of AIDS and a host of other STD’s), granting amnesty to
everyone who came to this country illegally, and taking from those who work to
give to those who won’t in the name of fairness “unchristian” that’s okay by
me. You see, I’ve read the Bible (and
continue to do so) so I know what it says about sexual immorality, cheating,
and laziness. The only people you can
twist the Scriptures to are those who are unfamiliar with them.
What the liberal left in both politics and religion is
counting on is that those who stand for the truth will eventually get worn down
with the innuendo. Tired of the court
battles. Afraid of the personal assaults
on our way of life and integrity. They
are hoping we will betray our conscience and family by surrendering our kids to
their educational philosophies and policies.
That we will forget about supporting our places of worship. That we will begin to worry more about
fitting in than standing apart.
But I have disheartening news for them. If by “the Right” you mean those who love
God, believe in personal responsibility (and expect it from others), and
continue to get in the way of those who seek to undermine our constitutionally
guaranteed rights and liberties…we aren’t going away anytime soon. We will not be surrendering our children,
arms, or religious liberties just so you can assuage your own personal
guilt(s). I, and many more like me, will
continue to stand for faith, family, and freedom no matter how difficult you
try to make it for us. You see, its not
just about me. Its about my family, my
community, and my country. We love being
Ray Rooney, Jr.