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Ohio Family Rights would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We hope that all get to enjoy time with family and friends this year and take time to be thankful for what we all have despite any personal struggles that you may be facing.
As I do at times when I cannot personally come up with the words, I look to the Founding Fathers of this Nation and drop back to history for the words to express my feelings.
By Christmas Eve of 1776, the American Revolution was, in essence, over. The Americans had lost. George Washington was out of options. His army, now down to only a few thousand, had lost seven battles in a row and was freezing on the west bank of the Delaware River awaiting the end. The British, on the other hand had 33,000 soldiers, well over a hundred ships and were partying in New York City and preparing for the final surrender. Most of the American troops had resolve, but they had lost hope that England could ever be defeated. Half of Washington’s army, 1,500 men, were quitting that week and going home because their enlistments were up. Washington decided on one final offensive. He gathered the same fishermen who had helped him retreat in August from New York and had his beleaguered troops ferried across the half frozen Delaware at midnight on Christmas Day. Just before they boarded the boats, the General had the American Crisis, the challenge by Thomas Paine, read to the men.
“These are the times that try men’s souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: “Tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to set proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has right [not only to tax but] ‘to bind us in all cases whatsoever’ and if being bound in that manner is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon the earth. Even the expression is impious, for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.”
Washington’s words and the actions of those men turned the tides of that war.
We need to turn to tides of the war on families of this Nation. We need to change the conversation to one that gets real attention to flaws in policy and the language of the law that has caused the problem; not complain about the results of those flaws. That is what will bring about change.
We need to ask a single sharp question that gets real attention: Why do we remove fit parents from the lives of children every day?
While some want us to believe that small changes are the only way to go, it is not. It is only a patch on a problem that has plagued society for too long.
We thank you for your support and for the support of the other organizations that we are working with to bring this about. That support has allowed us to work hard for every family.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Ohio Family Rights.