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"When Older Americans Die Who Will Speak For Freedom?"
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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After writing a weekly conservative column for 12 years, one thing has become crystal clear. Only older Americans are reading and responding to what we write. When we say older Americans, we mean those over 70 years of age, with many of our responses coming from individuals well over 80.

The results of the 2016 presidential election tell the story from the exit polls. 18 to 29 year-olds went 55% for Clinton. 30 to 44 year-olds went 50% for Clinton. 45 to 65 year-olds went 53% for Trump and 65 year-olds and older also went 53% for Trump. The male-female vote was essentially split. 54% of females voted for Clinton and 53% of males voted for Trump.

But in the 2016 Primaries, what is even more telling, millennials (18 to 29) voted for Bernie Sanders 25% greater than Trump and Clinton combined. Bernie Sanders is so far left of the center of the Democrat Party that he is in fact a pure socialist.

So why are millennials going for socialism? One only needs to look at our public schools and liberal colleges to figure that one out. At least three generations of teachers, parents and young adults have been indoctrinated in collectivism, multi-culturalism, political correctness, socialism, radical environmentalism and the one-world-order mantra. Academia has gone so far left that it does everything in its power to silence any other point of view, including using violence, harassment and intimidation. Check out the riots on college campuses these days against conservative ideas.

Like all large countries, America has been moving virtually unstoppable towards socialism. With few exceptions, every single nation on the planet is run by a socialist or communist government, or brutally governed by a dictator. America was the last bastion of freedom ..... until now.

At last count, out of the 196 nations that belong to the United Nations, at least 49 countries are ruled by dictators. Some of those dictators threaten the stability and security of the entire planet, such as North Korea and Iran. Socialist-run countries include, but are not limited to, China, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, (yes, Canada, or neighbor to the north) Sweden, Norway and Ireland. Russia, Australia and England should be on this list as well. (Notice the socialist European countries. Europe is socialism personified.)

The United Nations is, without a doubt, a socialist organization. All of its policies are based on a socialist platform. When will America be added to the list of socialist countries, or are we already a member of the socialist club of nations? We are so close that it is only a matter of inches, not miles.

With this massive planet-wide rush to socialism, who will speak for freedom in America? Right now, only those who know what freedom was, speak for freedom. With three generations of socialist brainwashing, the only generation left that may remember what freedom was, is the generation closest to the end of their lives. Sadly, their energy, drive and ambitions are significantly diminished and they don't have the stamina or the will to fight anymore. But they do have a broad point of reference that gives them a better view than those that are younger. When they die off, who then will speak for freedom?

Sure, there are several million younger folk between 45 and 70 that have their guns oiled and their survival gear at the ready. But when push comes to shove, will they put their lives on the line when there is no other choice but violence to restore freedom? They will be a small minority in a nation of tens of millions of big-city socialists.

Not all older Americans have retained the vision or memory of freedom's past. Millions of older Americans have been bought off with Social Security and Medicare, socialist government programs, but paid for with payroll taxes. A large percentage of these government program beneficiaries are not apt to bite the hand that "feeds" them. (See "With Everyone Bought Off Nothing Can Change")

So what is the older generation saying about freedom? The following responses to our articles represent some of what conservative Americans think and feel about the future of freedom. To our point, most of these responders are in their late 70's or 80's.

No. 1

"Arguably, and sadly, one of your best columns. A liberal friend and I decades ago were discussing the future of the country and how long it could last. He said he didn't know how long, but that it wouldn't be war that took us down, it would be the bureaucracy, which answers to no one and grows exponentially with time. So true. I'm damned near 80 and hear more and more people of my vintage say they are, one, glad they're old and, two, they have little hope for their children and grandchildren. Most of them don't have a clue as to what is really going on, but they sense and know things are in really bad shape. What's to say? We're toast and you've got to be damned near eighty to see it?"

No. 2

"As usual a great article to the heart of the matter. Everything you say is unfortunately true. The divide and conquer approach has been promoted for years in this country unobstructed by the general public. Alinsky and Marx are well and just chugging down the road. This scenario is a no win game because the answer to the problem is the problem itself—the people, which make up the individual groups. They will not change and you and I both know that to be the problem. I have not seen, heard, nor do I know of anyone who has put forth a realistic detailed plan to deal with this issue."

No. 3

"Again you have written a clear and concise view of where we are as a country. As you stated, because of the enormity of the beast, along with conflicting and over burdensome laws, this beast will collapse and there will be a revolution. My view is that the people have gone from self-reliance, discipline, thrift, hard work and a strong moral base to an entitlement mentality, moral debauchery and greed. I know I am not telling you anything new. So many people were fooled into thinking there was a "free lunch" and they took the easy way out. I am remembering a Russian friend. She helped the current Russian immigrants in her community -- this was around the early 1990's. She told me that she always got flyers from the government telling her about all the free services that she could sign up for. She thought that was wonderful that our country was so rich that they could reach out and be so helpful. I told her that our country was bankrupt and the people were maxed out on their credit cards. She just couldn't believe it."

No. 4

"Hi. I just want to let you know that while I do not generally respond to your articles, I read each and every one of them in full and I save them all for future reference. Even if people are not responding to your articles, please don't ever assume that you're yelling into a void. A lot of us don't really know what we can do about the state of things in our country, but your articles are giving us information and hope because you show us that there are other people out there who care about the same issues that we care about. Thank you for what you do."

No. 5

"As usual Ron, a great, to the point factual article. Everything you have said is patently obvious to everyone but the general public with a progressive liberal mindset. Since roughly 50% of our population has a liberal mindset, the chances of Americas survival are slim at best. Even in the face of irrefutable evidence to the contrary, liberals continue to cling to their destructive belief system. I am afraid that only a cataclysmic event effecting there belief system would alter there thinking—and maybe not."

No. 6

"Not to be beaten down by ignorant responders, Ron, any dissenter from what has been soundly established as the "new normal" in that paradigm reflects the extent of success deep state control has accomplished over closed minded followers of the agenda to weaken America's Constitutional system. We are well into the third, and possibly fourth generation of public school graduates who have no depth of history, consider America a tyrannical nation (since founding) and believe all our problems are the fault of capitalism. These followers of Socialism mirror the outcome of their K12 and college training. Our social, cultural and moral systems have all decayed to shocking levels."

In contrast, here is a response from a big-city Democrat (New York) who takes issue with our conservative viewpoint from time to time. This response is representative of what well over 50% of Americans believe. This is the mindset we are up against. It didn't happen by accident ladies and gentlemen and has been pre-planned by Progressives for over 100 years.

"Hey Ron, you really need to see psychiatrist. You have been so thoroughly brainwashed by right-wing propaganda you are now crazy! I pity you. You are totally paranoid. "My kind" have "destroyed America? That's rich! If anyone has destroyed America it's the most dangerous terrorist organization in America - the Republican party, which has ruined the US economy with its disastrous "trickle down economics" imposed on us by the 3rd worst US president Reagan, after Trump the worst and GW Bush the second worse. They have destroyed the middle class in America allowed the cost of living to increase steadily while keeping wages from rising, destroyed millions of jobs by outsourcing and created ever increasing unemployment, poverty and hopelessness in this country. Yet clueless morons like you blame the Democrats for all our problems. And the Constitution is whatever right-wingers like you say it is, not what it really is. You use it as an excuse to justify your stupid and destructive right-wing agenda for America. If you disapprove of something, it's automatically "unconstitutional". "Unalienable rights?" What the heck are those? Whatever YOU say they are. Please calm down and see a psychiatrist! You need help."

We'll close this article with a response from a younger American who has a perspective that is shared by way too few of his peers.

"I am 50. Although this country has made some pretty bad and even shameful decisions throughout history, it has brought forth generations of good loving people who have forged great communities across this land. Our land even through wars and conflicts always had an innocence that you could feel inside and from the friends and family around you. All the shows I watched as a young boy on TV were wonderful because they truly portrayed the reality and quality life that we had back then. Were we perfect? No. But we had a true and humbling sense of pride of who we were and of those who mapped out the way to freedom and independence. Now it is a daily nightmare where freedom has been replaced by greed and corruption. Independence is now dependence. More and more I feel like an outsider in my own country. Worst of all is that I feel isolated and fear that America is going to be lost forever if we don't do something about it now. Where is John Wayne and Davie Crockett when we need them?"

Many older Americans feel exactly the same way this younger man has described.

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The Great Goodness Within Us
By Ron Ewart

Christmas Family

In spite of all of our individual and collective faults, there is a 'great good' that exists in a very large number of us. That good is personified in a wide range of human traits and behavior including private and public achievements, sacrifice, industry, creativity, empathy, generosity, spontaneous volunteerism and spirit, either as individuals or as a society. Unfortunately, due to the 'distorted window' through which we view our information, that 'great good' in us seems to be eclipsed by an over-zealous emphasis on that which appears to be 'bad' within us.

Most everyone knows that the American holiday known as Christmas, however it is celebrated and for whatever reason, is a time of giving, love and peace, even though it doesn't always work out that way. It is a time when the goodness in man is manifested by random acts of charity, caring and good will. It is a time for children, fun, happiness and good cheer. It is a positive way to end a long year with uplifting moments to offset some of the bad events that have occurred in the past 11 months.

Our previous articles have focused on what is wrong with us as a people and as a government and what we can do about it. However, in a sharp departure from that weekly focus and in the spirit of the season, we are going to emphasize the great goodness that lies within most of us. In a chapter entitled, "What is Good About Us" for a new book we are writing, we expose the truly good things about America and Americans and why we will eventually succeed in using that goodness as a means to solve many of the problems we face. Excerpts from this chapter follow. We hope that it brings some pleasant and reverent thoughts during this relatively peaceful time of year, but at a time in America's history that appears to be rather bleak. Perhaps maybe, in retrospect, this time is not so bleak after all, but just another mountain to cross and Americans are great at crossing mountains and fording rivers, or even going to the stars. Join with us as we explore ......

"What Is Good About Us!"

It is very easy to criticize or find fault with anything and everything and it seems to be a negative human trait. Most of the time our verbal or written criticism is offered, without a request, for ego-driven purposes, to make ourselves look bigger, better or more perfect than the thing or the person or group we are criticizing. I'd like to reverse the trend and reflect first off on those things that are great and good in us, either as individuals or as a collection of individuals.

To me nothing epitomizes what we are capable of as individuals and as a society more than the sight of a large commercial jet liner (say a Boeing 747) lifting off from a long airport runway with a roar of immense power and speed, defying the force of gravity and arcing, bullet like, towards an unknown destination in but a relative instant of time. The sight of that same airliner brings a sense of awe, as it almost hovers in a gentle glide to the safety of the ribbon of concrete that greets its awaiting wheels with a screech and a puff of blue smoke, holding aloft its great weight of metal, plastic, fuel and human flesh until the last second of flight.

How can that graceful, cigar-shaped cylinder with its sweptback wings and roaring engines glide on an unseen ocean of air? It seems almost impossible but we accept it as an everyday reality without even giving this seeming miracle of flight the slightest thought. What a fantastic achievement and what a monumentous contribution to the mobility of our people. Only the vision, perseverance, skill and guts of a large number of individuals could have wrought such a successful venture.

Just a mere 150 years ago, a blink of time in the life of our planet, we were crossing the new land with wagons, horses, mules or oxen. It is hard to imagine the spirit, will and guts that it took for those frail people to cross the wilderness with unspeakable injuries, illness and suffering awaiting them. What took the pioneers three to five months or more to do, we now traverse in 3 to 5 hours. From the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright at the infamous Kitty Hawk, we have pole-vaulted the technology of flight to unimaginable speeds and heights. What a great land we live in.

Yes. We are a people full of flaws and yes, we tend to get in our own way from time to time like we are now. But look at what we have done.

Look at the cars of today with their aerodynamic design, their beautiful, bright colors and advanced instrumentation. Do you remember when tires only lasted 20,000 miles? Now they last 50,000 or more. Do you remember when an engine was burned out at 50,000 or 60,000 miles? When I wrote this I was driving a Lincoln Town Car that had over 200,000 miles on the original engine and transmission. It still purred like it used to and it still had the same snap. Now that's progress.

As I dictated this section, I was speeding along at 70 miles an hour, east bound on Interstate 90 on my way to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A trip I made several times a month. Fifty years ago this trip would have taken much longer, would have been driven over difficult, curving roads and the reliability of the car would have been more in doubt.

Think of the dams and the great power generating plants that we have built to provide power for our cities and towns. Think of the buildings we have built to house our people, our businesses and our factories and to continue one of the most awesome commercial and economic engines that ever occurred on the face of the earth.

Just think of the wide range of scientific research going on right now in the areas of energy. Yes, there is wind and solar power, but other sources being researched now will deliver many factors of energy more than the current alternative sources.

Think of the research in genetics to unravel the mysteries of inherited diseases and other conditions and what part that research will have in finding the root causes of these conditions and their respective cures.

Think of the research in food types and production to increase our food supplies. How about the research in and use of fiber optics, or the research in rubber, plastics, rare metals and new materials and fabrics? This research is fueled by the fires of commercial enterprise and in some cases, from the moneys that are collected by our government for taxes, as in the NASA space program that has taken us well above our atmosphere and beyond.

Look at the progress we have made in the world of medicine, even with all of its problems of costs, malpractice and hospital-transmitted diseases, staff infections and the bickering and fighting that goes on between boards of hospitals, nurses, doctors ..... and yes, the government. But look what we take for granted for medical care in this country. We provide medical services in the United States that can only be gotten here.

Look at the machinery that has been developed for the world of medicine. Magnetic Imaging Machines, breathing machines, heart-lung machines, blood monitoring machines, CAT scanners, X-ray machines and more. I don't know all of them because I am not in the world of medicine. All I know is that if something goes wrong you have a place to go where people care for the most part to see that your problem is resolved the best way they can, complete with flaws. No, it's not perfect but it works better than it did 100 years ago when the life expectancy was 47 years old and is now 77 years.

Let's take a little closer look at technology over the last 10 or 20 years and what the computer has done in providing a continuous flow of information so that people can learn more and do things quicker. Some of you may remember the old mechanical Underwood typewriters or the IBM Selectric. We've come a long way baby!

Watch how fascinated a child is as he makes keystrokes on a keyboard of a computer and sees the response on the computer screen. They absorb it like a giant sponge and love every minute of it. Think of what the Internet has done to not only the distribution of information, but the exponential expansion of communications between individuals and groups.

The Internet and search engines have become a boon to writers and authors. Before the age of the Internet, when we wanted to research something, we either had to buy a book or got the library and read almost the entire book to find the information we wanted. Now, with a click of a button on your computer you open up a search engine on the Internet and do your reserach right from your own desk ..... in minutes.

There is no crisis here. There are just problems to solve and challenges to meet. Challenges are met by enterprising individuals working together with other individuals towards a common purpose.

Folks. We are going to the stars one day and nothing anybody says or does will stop that. No amount of fear of the unknown, or nay saying about financing will stop our advance into the Cosmos. We will find the technology and the money. Ever since man first burned himself with fire and realized he could use it to his advantage, or transported some object by rolling a log and converted that idea to the wheel, he has been forever driven towards more knowledge, more understanding and a wider, larger, broader world in which he can explore. In this quest he has been driven to go faster and faster, as his mind reaches farther and farther into the known Universe.

From my own perspective, if somebody walked up to me right now and said, "Ron, would you join us on the next space ship to explore the solar system", I wouldn't even hesitate. I would be on the ship as fast is it could be made ready and never look back. I would go to the "stars" if I could.

The doomsayers will tell us that we are going to run out of power. We are going to run out of oil. We are going to pollute the environment with our cars and our industry. Our automobiles are going to quit running and our airplanes will quit flying and our ships will no longer ply the open seas. Sorry folks, it will never happen. With all the gnashing of teeth and the arguing over methods or cost, we will venture into the vastness of deep space ..... in this century.

Some day in the not to distant future, we are going to develop power sources that will literally boggle the mind. My vision is that each home, each office, each business or building will have its own centralized power unit. And in that power unit will have the source of power to purify our drinking water, destroy our raw sewage and gray water, heat and cool our homes and offices and provide the electrical power for our lights and appliances. One small unit in our homes, office buildings, or factories will provide all these uses.

Think of it. Those in your twenties watch how our planet will shrink in your lifetime. In ten or twenty years there will be airplanes that will leave the United States, sail up to the stratosphere or higher, glide at two to five times the speed of sound and land in Russia in a couple of hours. At 3,000 MPH we can go halfway around the world in 4 hours. In stark contrast, it took over two months to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a sailing ship when freedom was born.

Personalized transportation will change dramatically. There will be air corridors for small, personal air units whether they use the principals of helicopters and small aircraft, or some new strange power yet to be discovered. Maybe we will find a way to offset or neutralize gravity.


One of the most commendable of all human traits is the desire by some to give of themselves in service to others, either as a conscious effort, such as those people who donate their time to hospitals, churches, associations, charities and other causes in the name of helping those less fortunate than themselves, or as an unconscious and spontaneous reaching out at times of natural disasters or emergencies, small scale or large. It is my understanding that volunteerism in America, as a percentage of its population, is higher than in all of the other countries in the world.

If you were to remove this one activity from society, it would collapse in very short order. No matter what government, churches or other institutions accomplish in aiding the plight of disadvantaged peoples, none of it would be possible without the self-sacrifice of these individual volunteers.

One could write volumes on volunteerism and I am sure that many have. I only mention it here to further emphasize another aspect of the great good within us.


Most everyone knows that this is not a fair world. I have a theory. You spend twenty years with your family, with all that that means, and the rest of your life getting over it. If your family is wealthy, you may not have a broad enough "point of reference" to put your feet solidly on the ground and you will spend the rest of your life looking for your own "point of reference", that is if you care. If you were born in a family of poverty, you again will not have the "point of reference" to allow you to understand the true realities of the world. You may also spend the rest of your life searching for your "point of reference", whether you do it consciously or subconsciously. If you are not aware of, or desire to know your "point of reference", you will wander helplessly as dust on the wind, at the wind's total mercy.

The problem in this country and every other country for that matter and every person that exists on this earth is not poverty. It is not the disparity between poverty and wealth. It is not pestilence or flood, famine, earthquake or any of these things. What it is, is pandemic ignorance and too many people lacking the knowledge needed to make intelligent decisions in life. For those who are willing to seek, the knowledge is truly there, especially now in the Internet World.

What we need is a way to get more people motivated to seek out their own "point of reference" and the solid basis of why their particular "point of reference" is relative to them.

There are some real basics here and the hard cold truth of the matter is, each individual, no matter what the mechanism for getting here, comes into this world absolutely alone. No other person can live inside your body. No one else can be part of your soul. You are here unequivocally, irreversibly alone. You must face all the trials and the joys and the sickness and the sorrow and death absolutely alone. Nobody will die with you and although we won't say it out loud, most of us know it instinctively. All they can do is to hold your hand as you transcend life on Earth, but they can't make the journey with you.

The answer to any of our problems is in the depth of our "point of reference". A broader knowledge increases your "point of reference". The answer is to always seek the truth and always leave your mind open to new information that might alter your perception of the truth.

In the end, we also must never lose sight of the fact that, the reason we as Americans are productive, creative, ingenuous, imaginative, reasonably happy and oh so generous, is because we are FREE. That freedom opens the door to our goodness. And the reason we are FREE is because we have laid down a system of government where individuals have un-alienable, natural and God-given rights and where the government swears on solemn oath to preserve, protect and defend those rights under a strongly defended Constitution. But it is the people's duty to hold the government to their oath so that freedom never flies away in the night, on the wings of apathy and indifference.

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