Winston Churchill: Do Not Falter
Do not turn away, and certainly not in despair.
Robert Kennedy: Yes. I am here with Prime Minister Churchill who has something to share.
Winston Churchill: It’s a process, Ann. Sometimes you have to let the enemy go their length until such disaster threatens that even the most complacent amongst you will sit up and take notice. And that’s when Divine help will kick in and kick in it will.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.*
But you have to do your part to keep the heat on. This is when the wheat is separated from the chaff, when those who truly love your country will stand up, even to their own disadvantage. We saw precious little of that with the recent vote of your Senators, but the tale is not yet told.
Do not turn away, and certainly not in despair. All hands are needed on deck so whatever you have to do to keep yourself pumping, do it. As many have said, we must look up not down, and that, in this case, is because, when we look up, even on a discouraging day, we see the enemy clearly in contrast to the Light our Lord has granted us to see.
The enemy you face this time is corruption, greed, entitlement, and hostile forces from abroad. The latter has invaded your shores, imbedded themselves in your political processes, and even taken over some of your halls of government.
Never fear, they will be exposed, for evil cannot long hide its face, but, not right away, for too much rot has set in and gone too deep. As Justice Ginsburg predicted, it will be the courts, those who have taken seriously their oath of fidelity to your Constitution as the sacred vow it was intended to be, who will call a halt on these low-minded bullies who aim to run roughshod over the checks and balances so carefully crafted by your founders.
And while the courts hold the mob at bay, your justice system will grind its way toward exposure of those who have sold out to the twin gods of greed and power. Though they may have felt well served in the short run, they will crumble like the imposters they are when the eyes of ordinary folks are opened to the true allegiances of those in whom they reposed their trust.
Some of these followers may not change their views. They dreamed of taking your country back to what they saw as the golden days of white privilege and dominance, but even for these so-called loyalists a full scale sellout to foreign interests will test even their tunnel vision. And then such will not be long tolerated in your leaders, for the days are gone when wholescale oppression can be brushed aside with a wink and a nod.
Though yours today is not a full scale war such as the one the people of my time endured, now is the time to attack this rot at its root source before it spreads further and becomes so deeply embedded in your systems of the culture that political solutions are no longer possible. Take it from one whose people waited too late, it is far better to cut down a diseased tree that to allow it to infect the entire forest which then will have to be burned to the ground to destroy the rot .
You have yet much to endure, but endure it you must to get to the other side. You have vision now. You know that for which you strive: a country with liberty and justice for all, where opportunity is freely offered to every man, woman, and child.
Yours is not a little war, for it is seminal in substance and effect. The enemy has declared itself and is resolved to bring your democracy down. If you persevere, they will not succeed, and in the end you will implement on the ground a society committed to the great values so eloquently described at the founding of your nation.
If I may be so bold, I ask you to take these words to heart which were said to rally another nation in the midst of another war.
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.**
If you will defend the vote, it will not be taken from even the least of you, and war will no longer be a specter on your horizon.
June 22, 2021
*Psalm 121: 3-4.
**Winston Churchill, Broadcast, London, February 9, 1941.