Throughout history, nations have reached turning points. These are the times at which a turn in one direction or another, profoundly changes the course of a country. America is now at such a turning point.
For context, here are some turning points that you know about.
Rome was founded as a Republic in 509 BC. It was governed by a Senate, representing the people of that City-State. Acknowledging their authority, the legions that defended Rome were led by soldiers who carried an eagle topped standard with the initials SPQR, the Latin abbreviation for “The Senate and People of Rome.”
On January 10, 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River with the 13th Legion. Roman law forbid its Generals from bringing their Legions into Italy as a measure to protect the Republic from a coup d’état. Caesar marched on Rome, overturned the Republic, ended the governance of the Senate and was declared “Dictator Perpetuo”, the perpetual dictator.
Such was a turning point in Roman history. There have been other turning points. And, you know many of them — The Magna Carta, the Sailing of Columbus and the German Elections of 1933.
But, here is another turning point, one much closer than Rome.
On July 4, 1776 the American Colonies chose to end their connection with Great Britain and become an independent nation. They chose to be a Republic. That was our great turning point.
I am writing today to tell you that America is at another great turning point, a place so dangerous, a place so filled with darkness, that you must not remain silent.
On Thursday, November 20th, the President issued an unlawful Executive Order granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. With his pen, the President did two things. He seized from Congress the power to make laws and he ended the era of Constitutional government in America.
The United States faces a malignant future unless this turning point is reversed. That brings us to the question, what should we do?
To begin, we must recognize that the American people will not permit their Constitutional Republic to become a nation ruled by a dictator. The coup d’état that took place last Thursday will not endure. We do not know how our blessed Republic will be restored. But, take heart. It surely will be.
Our first hope is that the Republicans in Congress will vigorously oppose the President. That will only happen if the people put enough pressure on their Republican legislators, prodding them to act. We should hope and pray that our elected officials will respond with strength and courage.
If the Republicans in Congress posture, but do not act, then the people, ordinary folks, like those of us who live in Waynesboro, will set things to right. And we will do it with our votes.
In six weeks, the Presidential campaign for 2016 will begin. Republican candidates will announce their intentions to run in January, as the first Primary will be just 12 months in the future.
And the single defining issue of the campaign will be the lawless reign of our current President. Get ready for a debate about who we are as a people and what we are as a nation. Is America a Constitutional Republic, or are we the land of the Executive Order?
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.