Talk radio can be extremely depressing these days. It seems every other station has bad news to announce to the American people as Obama’s dangerous and outrageous presidency continues. Yet, despite the increasing threats to democracy, the majority of Americans seem incredibly nonchalant about the downward spiral their country is quickly taking. After listening to Michael Savage, the best conservative talk show host in existence right now, I find I cannot sit here doing “nothing” any more. The longer I listen to Dr. Savage tell his listeners about what the Obama Administration is doing, and where this is headed if he is not overthrown, I find myself pushed to the verge of frustration as I yell helplessly: “What can I do!?!” What can I, as a teenager who cannot vote or hold positions of influence, do to save my country? And, furthermore, why aren’t those who can influence others speaking out, informing the American people of their treacherous position, and giving them plans of action to end this dash towards socialism? The answer to the second question is very simple: either they are afraid, or they themselves do not realize the full extent of America’s backslide. So, if those in public positions are not going to do anything, it is up to us- the up-and-coming generation of Americans- to do it for them. Which is why I’ve compiled a short list of things you and I can do to fight this anti-American movement in desperate need of resistance. I almost added “Preach from a Soapbox on your City’s Busiest Street Corner”, but I’m pretty sure this is illegal in some places, and the time has not yet come for us to take things to that extreme (though, unfortunately if this negative trend continues, the time may not be far away).
- Educate Yourself and Others: Find a website, talk show, or newspaper that reports the news honestly, a station that does not pretend like the pro-life movement is non-existent, a paper that does not praise Obamacare, a site that does not hide what is going on in this country. A few suggestions: The National Catholic Register newspaper and website (though more geared toward Catholic happenings, the blogs on the site touch on other political matters), Michael Savage talk show and website (not for young viewers/listeners), Life Site News website (one can sign up for an e-mail newsletter also), and New Advent website (once again, very Catholic). This is more than enough to provide anyone with a basic understand of what is happening in America. After you are educated, you can go out and educate others. I’m not saying you should walk up to random strangers and just start talking, but in your daily conversations, if there is a good opening, bring up some of the things going in the world and see if your friend even knows about them. Also, if you’re a blogger, blog about it. If you have a podcast or talk show, talk about it. If you have a column, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, anything that other people read, use it! Little articles and lines here and there about this country will not turn everyone off, and even if they do, remember that when Christ was on the cross only three people were still standing with Him: His Mother, the Beloved Disciple John, and Mary Magdalene. Which is why the path to Heaven is the narrow one.
- Boycott: Research companies that openly support Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen, gay pride, etc. Boycott them and write to the companies to tell them why you are no longer buying their products. Don’t think this works? Look at what happened with Pepsi. Do the same thing with bands. Rock for Life has an incredible list of both openly pro-life and pro-choice bands. Stop buying the pro-choice music, and maybe look into a couple pro-life bands instead. Think about it: if every pro-life person stopped buying Kraft Foods, or stopped supporting The Decemberists, a considerable dent would be made in these organizations’ income and fan-base.
- Participate: The Fortnight for Freedom is running strong, and if you’re not participating, you need to start now! Movements like this, that are driven by prayer, fasting, and public action, are the key ingredient to changing this country. Join a local pro-life group, or a conservative action club in your area. If there is a Tea Party Rally going on near you, attend it! If there is a March for Life in your area, support it! And, when the USCCB calls upon all of the Catholic bishops, priests, parishes, and citizens in America to pray and fast for the sake of continued religious liberty in this nation, for goodness sake, participate!!!
- Pray: Get down on your knees and pray like you never have before, because this is serious. Fellow Catholics, we are facing a huge attack on our faith right now, and if we do not beg God to have mercy on this country, to show the world how He protects His children, our right to make the Sign of the Cross in public could easily vanish. Do not take this too lightly, if one man could wipe out countless Jews (and Catholics) in Europe, one man could do the same to Catholics here. Rosaries, chaplets, novenas, holy hours, Masses, use all of the grace-filled “tools” available and pray that your future children will be born into a world where it is still legal for them to be baptized.
Above all, remember the words of Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Decades later, when children are reading about these times in textbooks, do not let them ask the question: “Why didn’t they do anything, where were the Catholics?” Instead, let them study the way we stood up in the face of persecution, loyal to the Church to the end. And whether the victory is ours now or not, know that the ultimate battle is already won. And our job is to polish our swords, take up our bow and quiver, and charge into battle crying with Peter Pevensie: “For Narnia, and for Aslan!”
So please, do something! I dare you!