I spent some time yesterday thinking about the men and women in law enforcement, the emergency services, and the military, who often have to sacrifice time with their families on the holidays in order to fulfill the oaths they took when completing their training and accepting their first assignment. That commitment they made, the purpose to which they give themselves everyday, to serve others, to help those in distress, to protect those in danger, and in some respect try to tip the balance in favor of good over evil, is ultimately so important to everyone, even to those who cannot or will not see it for what it really is.
There are factions from outside our nation who, I know, would like to destroy the American peoples' trust in their services personnel. They will ultimately fail to do so. Their agenda is not that of most of Americans, to live quiet and peaceable lives, to do their jobs, and to spend time with their families. Peace frightens them, because they've never truly experienced it. Such factions stir up trouble, fan the flames of discontentment, and believe that the age-old strategy of "divide and conquer" will work to effect the changes they want to see in this country. But, they just don't get it. And, they never will.
America isn't one single dream, it's hundreds of millions of them. They cannot understand that and they would not accept it even if they were really listening. Dreams don't remain static. They shift and change with every individual's wants and needs, and they are adapted to whatever circumstances come about, and eventually those dreams overcome whatever obstacles may be placed before them. The American dream is, as it says in the Holy Bible, to work with one's own hands and to eat one's bread quietly, and to be content with whatever we have. The American dream is founded in that spiritual goal, not in the discontentment of this world.
So, to those who went to their jobs yesterday, and gave up time with their families, to ensure that the American dream could march courageously on, I thank you from the heart and want you to know that your sacrifice, every day, does not go unnoticed, even when it may go unspoken.