As we Americans prepare to choose our President and national legislature just three short months from now, (as well as select a myriad of state and local leaders and representatives)we would do well to consider where we are as a nation, and where we are headed. Will we choose a new path, or continue on our current trajectory?
In times like these, with our  heritage as a nation under relentless assault, it is instructive, and so  critically important, to look back to the words of that great American leader, Abraham Lincoln. In describing the United States as a beacon of  freedom and liberty, of goodness and hope and prosperity in the world, it was clear to Mr. Lincoln that no mere external force could subdue this great nation. But he could see, as anyone who understands history or even human biology should grasp, that the greatest threat to this nation's survival would be from within. This principle of the vital need for inner health and strength holds for individuals as well as societies and nations. We all know that when an infection or cancer or some other internal disorder is allowed to have its way without being opposed and treated, the human organism finally gives way, succumbs-- from the inside as it were. And  so nationally, collectively, as Lincoln wisely noted, our greatest threat would most surely come from within us rather than from an external invader. Cultural decay today is everywhere, but is particularly evident in the loss of respect in our society for the once esteemed attributes of personal integrity, character, and responsibility. This loss has been hastened (if not caused outright) by the insidious spread of the the desire for someone or something (i.e. government) else to take care of us; by the instinct to blame others for our problems or challenges; by a false notion of rights (a notion involving THINGS we must be given rather than Liberty and the opportunity to try--a notion our Founders would have vehemently disavowed!) that declares we are owed everything we want--even if it belongs to another; by the rise of envy and jealousy and sloth generally, as well as every other current progressive and liberal way of thinking and behaving today. This diseased way of thinking and acting is (as de Tocqueville warned in Lincoln's day) leading swiftly toward our internal destruction. It won't matter much whether we are eventually subdued (formally) by an external power (power vacuums will ALWAYS  be filled!), or whether we simply crumble from the inside – it will look much the same in the end. And if by some miracle just before the formal end occurs, there is finally a clarion call to stand and fight against some visible external existential threat, might it be too late? There comes a time when nations, as with individuals, are beyond resuscitation. On our current path, with our national character and will (and likely  economic strength and will as well) steadily eroding, we are becoming severely, perhaps fatally weakened and demoralized.  We don't know exactly when we are about to cross a final line from which there is no return--but we do know that we will be closer to crossing that line tomorrow than we are today--unless we act--today! Today--is the time to fight for real change, for the health and vitality of our nation! Today--we must renew the battle against the character/moral disease and decay that we have allowed to take root within us--personally and collectively. We can, we must, become once again the strong, healthy and vibrant nation that our Founders fought so valiantly to give us, that Lincoln gave his life for, and that scores of patriots after him have given their all to preserve. We need a vibrant America--and the world, for all it's words to the contrary, needs the inspiration and leadership that only a restored America can provide. Our current national leadership has no apparent interest in seeing America revived, revitalized and restored, and in fact seems intent (as evidenced by rhetoric and actions) on hastening her demise. We simply must protest this intentional dismantling of our great and good nation. It is not yet too late, but this November may well be our last chance to vote for a new leadership that is committed to joining the millions of us who love America and pray for her survival and restoration. I know you will do your part, as I pledge to do mine, to restore this great and good land. Individually, and collectively, let us choose, vote and act as the beacons of hope we are--for an America restored!
God bless us in this quest,
and may God bless and give His grace and favor to the restoring of America--
Ricky Lee Jackson, MD

As we Americans prepare to choose our President and national legislature just three short months from now, (as well as select a myriad of state and local leaders and representatives) we would do well to consider where we are as a nation, and where we are headed. Will we choose a new path, or continue on our current trajectory?

In times like these, with our heritage as a nation under relentless assault, it is instructive, and so critically important, to look back to the words of that great American leader, Abraham Lincoln. In describing the United States as a beacon of freedom and liberty, of goodness and hope and prosperity in the world, it was clear to Mr. Lincoln that no mere external force could subdue this great nation.

"If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - Abraham Lincoln, 1838 (*expanded quote below)

But Lincoln could see, as anyone who understands history or even human biology should grasp, that the greatest threat to this nation's survival would be from within. This principle of the vital need for inner health and strength holds for individuals as well as societies and nations. We all know that when an infection or cancer or some other internal disorder is allowed to have its way without being opposed and treated, the human organism finally gives way, succumbs -- from the inside, as it were.

And so nationally, collectively, as Lincoln wisely noted, our greatest threat would most surely come from within us rather than from an external invader. Cultural decay today is everywhere, but is particularly evident in the loss of respect in our society for the once esteemed attributes of personal integrity, character, and responsibility. This loss has been hastened (if not caused outright) by the insidious spread of the desire for someone or something else (i.e. government) to take care of us; by the instinct to blame others for our problems or challenges; by a false notion of rights (a notion involving things we must be given rather than Liberty and the opportunity to try, a notion our Founders would have vehemently disavowed!), and by a perspective that declares we are owed everything we want -- even if it belongs to another. It is also evident by the rise of envy and jealousy and sloth generally, as well as every other current progressive and liberal way of thinking and behaving today. This diseased way of thinking and acting is (as de Tocqueville warned in Lincoln's day) leading swiftly toward our internal destruction; character, de Tocqueville opines, is what makes America great.**

It won't matter much whether we are eventually subdued (formally) by an external power (indeed, power vacuums will always be filled), or whether we simply crumble from the inside –- it will look much the same in the end. And if by some miracle just before the formal end occurs, there is finally a clarion call to stand and fight against some visible external existential threat, might it be too late?

There comes a time when nations, as with individuals, are beyond resuscitation. I know this all too well as a physician. When certain patients do not heed my call to make needed changes in their life -- often difficult, painful changes -- at some unknown hour, their heart that once beat so resoundingly strong gives way... and it is too late to revive them. 

On our current path, with our national character and will (and likely economic strength and will as well) steadily eroding, we are becoming severely, perhaps fatally weakened and demoralized. We don't know exactly when we are about to cross a final line from which there is no return -- but we do know that we will be closer to crossing that line tomorrow than we are today -- unless we act today!

Today is the time to fight for real change, for the health and vitality of our nation! Today we must renew the battle against the character and moral disease and decay that we have allowed to take root within us, personally and collectively. We can, we must, become once again the strong, healthy and vibrant nation that our Founders fought so valiantly to give us, that Lincoln gave his life for, and that scores of patriots after him have given their all to preserve.

We need a vibrant America -- and the world, for all its words to the contrary, needs the inspiration and leadership that only a restored America can provide. Our current national leadership has no apparent interest in seeing America revived, revitalized and restored; and in fact seems intent (as evidenced by rhetoric and actions) on hastening her demise. We simply must protest this intentional dismantling of our great and good nation.

It is not yet too late, but this November may well be our last chance to vote for a new leadership that is committed to joining the millions of us who love America and pray for her survival and restoration.

I know you will do your part, as I pledge to do mine, to restore this great and good land. Individually, and collectively, let us choose, vote and act as the beacons of hope we are -- for an America restored!

God bless us in this quest, and may God bless and give His grace and favor to the restoring of America.

Ricky Lee Jackson, MD

aka Rick the Doctor

 

Expanded Quotes:

"Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - Abraham Lincoln (Lyceum Address, January 27, 1838)

** "In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people... I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless prairies, and it was not there. I sought it in her rich mines, and vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power." - Alexis de Tocqueville

What Fox News Says About Ricky Lee Jackson:

"He’s the new Joe the Plumber; now there's Rick the Doctor...
Some have joined Tea Parties, stormed town halls, others like family practice physician and country recording artist Ricky Lee Jackson have taken to the microphone... 
he wants his country back." 
~ Fox and Friends / Fox News
 

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