This is the text of my address to the Pike County Board
June 24, 2013
Dan A. Mefford, D.C.
Little did the preacher know yesterday I would borrow part of his text for my introduction remarks this evening? Pastor took part of his text from this verse in Galatians: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Let me repeat that: Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. This a directive to the people, “…do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery! The people are directed to participate in their own freedom.
Let me tell a very short story.
On Christmas Day 1776 George Washington was desperate. That year had been the darkest in American history. He had just endured a whole chain of military disasters. The morale of his remaining army, starving and freezing, was very low; hundreds desert during the night. He is down to 2,400 troops. At least one-third have no shoes and wrap their feet in burlap during the all night march, leaving a trail of blood in the snow as a sudden and fierce northeast storm engulfs his Continentals. It all has come to this; facing impossible odds the American Revolution is down to one last desperate attempt to succeed.
Listen to Washington’s own words on this night:
“The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.” (G. Washington)
Washington goes on to lead a tremendous surprise attack with his men, many with no shoes and bleeding feet on a cold stormy Christmas night crossing a dark icy river.
A few weeks ago at our March meeting this body considered the Self Defense and Firearms Freedom ordinance for the first time. I mentioned that in my opinion our country and our state was indeed at a time in its history when we were at a dark and desperate hour. I further mentioned a number of reasons why I said that, primarily the travesty of national healthcare run by the IRS and not by, for instance, the Center for Disease Control. I mentioned federal agencies arming themselves with enough rounds of hollow point ammunition to last over 20 years if the agencies burned up ammo at the same rate as the height of the Afghanistan war.