This is an interesting day for America. Citizens across the country are coming to grips with the outcome of the Republican primary. For some it is a day of rejoicing in the belief that the silent majority finally won. For others it is a day of mourning in the belief that our country has been dealt a fatal blow. I completely appreciate, empathize and even identify with both feelings. Today, however, I want to share a nugget of truth and message of hope with all Americans regardless of how you may feel today. The truth: A president can’t save us (no matter who he or she is). The hope: Mothers can!
We spend so much time looking to the federal government to solve our problems that we have completely overlooked where our real power lies - with us. America wasn’t founded by a government. It was founded by families - like yours and mine - uniting together in communities, who then formed a government, organized into states and united those states into a union. But it all started with families. Families founded America and it is families that will save her.
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If we want to know what America will look like in twenty years, look at the homes of America today. Are you concerned? You should be.
I have a friend who teaches at Schofield Army Barracks in Hawaii. The school, like many around the country, no longer requires the students to pledge the flag. But my friend, being the patriotic soul she is, had her fifth grade class come in every morning and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. She said the students grumbled wanting to know why they had to pledge the flag when none of the other kids had to. All I could think when she told me this was that the parents of those children put their lives on the line every day for that flag and everything it stands for. If those children don’t have love and appreciation for the flag what hope do we have in America? It is only a matter of time before we lose freedom altogether.
Liberty begins at home and if we don’t start there, nothing else we do will matter. No election, no law, no president can save us.
Mothers, we have to teach our children to love liberty because no one else will. The proof is in the fact that thousands of millennials are enthusiastically supporting a self-proclaimed socialist for president - the recognized leader of the free world. How is this possible? It is because our schools are not teaching liberty. Society, schools, the media, even churches that once taught these things are no longer doing so and in many cases, teaching the exact opposite. The result is that we now have a nation of children and young parents who wonder why America is so special and what there is to love it.
Home is the center of society and at the center of the home is a mother. That mother is more powerful than any president for she is literally shaping the future. Winston Churchill said, “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.”
If our schools aren’t teaching our children about America’s history and heritage, then we need to be doing it. If the media is not going to present truth and facts, then we need to. If liberty is to prevail, if America is to prosper, then we need to foster a love of liberty in our home.
In his book, The Silent Majority Survival Handbook, Peter Wolf says parents must become the first line of defense. “Parents,” he said, “need to devote time and effort to teach their children that America is a good country and to teach them about American heroes and history. They can front-load liberty loving values through strong association and participation in the 4th of July and Memorial Day activities. Parents need to teach their children how liberty and personal responsibility are linked and how tyranny can evolve without them.”
What the future will look like for our children and grandchildren is all being decided right now in homes and families across the country. If freedom is what we want to see, then we need to nurture and foster the principles and ideals of freedom in our homes. HomeMakers for America has many resources to support you from our Patriot’s Reading List to the Hearthstone Education Plan. Libraries of Hope has a beautiful collection of stories to promote a love of liberty in the hearts of our children. In the Constitution has outstanding resources that teach children the Constitution in a very engaging way - even hosting a Constitution Bee with cash prizes.
If you want short term results that wax and wane in four year cycles then put all your hope in the presidential election. But if you want real solutions with lasting results, then we need to look to the homes of America because that is where the real for America lies.
Mothers, we are determining the future right now in our homes today. No president can do that. And no president can save America. But we can!
Kimberly Fletcher is the author of WOMEN: America’s Last Best Hope and the president and founder of HomeMakers for America Inc. The views in this article are solely of the author and not representative of HomeMakers for America Inc. Follow Kimberly on Facebook and Twitter @proudhomemaker.
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