“Remember when…..”You were a kid and your parents taught you right from wrong? When you had an idea of what was the right thing to do and if you violated that you got this icky feeling inside and you knew you had done wrong? How it just never quite felt right because even though you may have “gotten away with it” (whatever it was), you knew inside that what you did was wrong and that something wasn’t quite right afterward. Remember how the policeman was the “good guy” and every boy wanted to be one growing up? Remember when the speaker would click on in the class room and the principal would say “Good morning, please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance”? Remember when everyone in that school would proudly stand with their hand over their heart and repeat the pledge in unison? Remember when you did something wrong your Mom would say “Just wait until your Father gets home!”, and you would spend the rest of the day contemplating your father coming home? You knew that he was going to “right the wrong” in whatever manner was appropriate at your house. In ours it was a few well-deserved whacks across the rear with either his belt or maybe his hand. You learned from those things…. every time. I watch the news these days and I see things like the dropping of charges in the Jussie Smollett, case and I realize that too many parts of our society have been lost based on the few simple things that I point out above. That feeling of “right from wrong”, or as some would call it, a conscience has been removed from our society and has been replaced by a complete sense of entitlement. There is no “right from wrong”, there is only a sense of “what’s in it for me?” There is a whole generation of kids that we have lost based on this idea that everything will be provided. The “everybody gets a ribbon” generation. A generation of kids that haven’t been dreaming about being a Police Officer, or a Soldier. A generation that has grown up being told that the Pledge of Allegiance is racist, represents nationalism and slavery and oppression. A generation that has never heard “Just wait until your father gets home” because their father has never been in the home. Don’t think so? Look at the number of children that are being raised to believe they are the opposite sex of what their genitalia indicates. How many of these families have 2 heterosexual parents guiding that child through life? All the kids I mention are part of a generation that has grown up in a society that has given them the message that the police are evil, our country is an imperialistic monster and that everyone who doesn’t think like them is probably a racist. They’ve watched and participated in some cases, of tearing down and destroying statues of great men of history, great leaders, and war heroes. And this has been supported and encouraged by the “teachers and professors” of their schools and universities. They’ve only known a country that has been at war, and it’s a war that is hidden from their view by the media. They’ve been given a false idea as to what the true cost of freedom is because they have never been given a true lesson in what freedom is. They have truly lost their way, and as a generation, we are complicit in standing by and watching it happen. As parents we send them to public schools because it’s easier than homeschooling and cheaper than private school. We let the message of the liberal state-run education system give them half-truths and sometimes straight out lies about our great Republic in history classes. We let left wing messages be spread through our schools under the pretense of “feel good” movements, we let them teach our children all about sex and sex education, yet we don’t let our kids know that abstinence is also an option for birth control. Did you know that a child today is more likely to know about transgenderism than sexual abstinence? We let our media choose the narrative for the information our kids receive. We put electronic devices in our kid’s hands before they can walk, and then we don’t monitor what message that electronic device is giving them. We let them stare at screens and play video games for at an average 8 hours a day, and then we wonder why they can’t hold a conversation at dinner. IF, we even eat dinner with them anymore, after all, it’s such a busy life we lead, between Twitter and Facebook, I’m not sure how we keep up. I’m not sure what my point is in this month’s ramblings except to ask those of you that have kids in your life, whether they be yours or someone else’s to please reach out in whatever capacity you can and make an impact on that kid’s life. However small. Have a conversation with a kid about personal liberty and freedom and the level at which you have seen it compromised and how important it is for them to be the keepers of the ideas of liberty. We have a generation of kids voting in our next election cycle that have only known a country that is at war since 9/11. Talk with them about how the country has changed since 9/11, because in their minds, there have been no changes, simply because it’s all they have ever known. They have nothing to compare it to, we must remind them of a different, freer time in our nation. Once again, I am rambling on, but when I was asked to write this newsletter I was told to “have fun” with it. The challenge is that sometimes when I try to come up with a topic to write about, there is just not a lot of “fun” to memorialize.Until next time, like my friend Sootch00 says “Be strong, be of good courage, God Bless America and Long Live the Republic”.
Keith Lefebvre from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin has been a RidersUSA member since 2007. He is a Father, Husband, Mentor to youth and men, a Student of life, Speaker of truth, and a Lover of Liberty. Keith is a US Air Force Veteran and a NRA Certified Shooting Instructor. He rides a 1977 Electra Glide and a 120 horse 2001 Electra Glide