“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” ― Thomas Jefferson

As we remember the 69th anniversary of D-day and the many brave Americans and soldiers of other nations who willingly risked their lives, you might ask: “How did we get from there to where we are today?” Those who fought on the beaches of Normandy wanted to ensure that the tyranny of the Nazi regime would not overtake Europe, but tyranny seems to be on the doorstep today, self inflicted by a nation that is asleep. Duty, Honor, and Country were three words they all understood and lived by. The neighborhood I grew up in was full of WWII veterans, heroes we did not even know about since they never talked about what they had done during the war. They did their jobs and did not brag because only “phonies” boasted of their exploits. We learned of the purple hearts, silver stars, and other honors these men were awarded for their heroism only after they died.

Duty is obedience or respect that one should show toward others and conduct based on moral or legal obligation. Honor is a keen sense of right and wrong; adherence to principles considered right; integrity, purity. Country is land or nation state, or being a part of something bigger than yourself. These heroes understood that those three hallowed words reverently dictated what to do, how to do it, and who to serve. They lived out these three words with excellence and left a legacy of greatness.

They knew that tyranny, or a government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power, was a danger to free men. Today is different. As some warn of a new tyranny, the President tells citizens to ignore these warnings. In a recent speech he said “Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.” He says to ignore the founders as if the mighty Oz has spoken and everyone is to ignore the man behind the curtain and move along as if there is nothing to be seen at the crime scene he is standing in the middle of.

The brave young men who risked their lives and saw over 4,000 killed on D-day would not recognize the bloated, inefficient government that exists today or understand those who have no problem with the rule of a tyrant. The Federal government today is dysfunctional; it does not serve the citizens of this country, and is lead by pretend leaders who are driving us closer to tyranny. As more scandals are revealed regarding this administration, you might argue we are already there. From domestic spying, IRS intimidation, and the Benghazi cover-up, as well as voter fraud in the last election and a corrupt DOJ we are close to the point where the people fear their government. Thomas Jefferson stated, “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” Right now it appears we have a government that does not fear the people it has sworn to serve. Maybe that is why they are in such a rush to strip the American people of their 2nd amendment rights. Maybe they understand what Jefferson meant when he said “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

As the government increases in size, deficit, and regulations it no longer serves the people it has sworn to protect and defend, but instead becomes a self-serving entity. For a man who talked so much of change, something needs to change, and soon. Maybe the government could learn from the selfless acts of heroism recorded on D-day where service was all about someone else’s benefit and no personal gain, or they can start with the most recent acts of selfless service that were demonstrated in Oklahoma after the Tornados. These were acts of service, not by government agencies, but by churches and other non-profit groups that would be deemed targets for intimidation by this administrations IRS.

Lesson 1: Crisis response is based on who needs help not political motives. Unlike as has been seen in the past year in Texas, Oklahoma, and New York’s Staten Island where these conservative areas were not granted federal aid. Lesson 2: Without a bloated bureaucracy, aid is agile and immediate as was seen by the Baptist men’s relief organization, Local Churches in Oklahoma, Samaritans purse, and the Red Cross all of who started helping and responding immediately after the disaster, well before FEMA even got moving in the right direction. Lesson 3: The aid was targeted where it was needed, and was efficiently and effectively applied. Lesson 4: They did it without fanfare and multiple photo op’s as the phonies in photos just slow down the real work that needs to be done. Lesson 5: The churches involved were able to do it with just 10% of their congregants’ money, and 10% is enough.

The difference between these organizations and today’s federal government is that these agencies know who they are, where they are, (unlike the president thinking he was in Monroe not Moore), but even more importantly who they are serving. They do it with pure hearts, noble intentions, for a cause bigger than themselves, with a willingness to give thanks to God for His provision, not the governments, which gives them the ability to help others. It is Duty, Honor, Country all over again and that gives me Hope for some real Change.