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DO YOU HEAR THAT POUNDING ON YOUR DOOR?
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 by Leona Choy

Are you awake or has “woke” dulled your hearing? Exactly a year ago this week I posted a blog that is more accurate to our perilous times as a nation today than it was last year.

The poet Longfellow wrote a political ballad about a guy on a horse who roused people at midnight to give them an urgent message. Might you have been forced to memorize it in eighth-grade literature class?

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year....”

He wrote the poem in 1860 when our still-fledgling nation was facing another CRISIS OF UNITY in a conflict that threatened to shatter our fragile Union. America was on the verge of the bloody brother-against-brother Civil War (1861 – 1865). The conflict was between "the Union" or "the North" and southern states supporting the federal union that was threatening to secede and form the Confederate States of America. Our history almost flip-flopped. With a different outcome, we could have turned out to be a much different country today. Here we go again—another CRISIS OF UNITY in 2022.

A central issue of the Civil war about race. So what else is new? Himself an abolitionist, Longfellow often used poetry to remind readers of cultural and moral values, to arouse the populace—to sound a bugle call to action. The Civil War was about to erupt! Do we listen to poetry now? Not so much—but rap comes pretty close to it.

What was the scenario in 1775? We were colonies, not yet states. Patriots were pursuing new freedoms against the Loyalists to British King George. We resisted tyranny from abroad. Muskets and gunpowder were our primitive means of offense and defense. Clumsy cannons had to be manufactured and cannonballs were hurled across the battlefield. No army existed. Local rag-tag militias were formed. Every man was armed and ready to defend his family and help his neighbor.

Society struggled with lawlessness before the Constitution took shape, before a government of and by and for the people was established. The West was waiting to be won by pioneers. We were people pf dreams and promises. Men were pledging their lives and fortunes to birth a unique concept—a nation that would be indivisible and not answerable to foreign dominance.

Communication was limited to foot couriers or horseback riders. No phones, electricity, radios, cars, or planes. Our hero, Paul Revere, a successful entrepreneur businessman, was one of those undercover messengers appointed by the Patriots as a “Federal Express” rider to carry classified information on the movements of the British troops. He carried news, messages, and copies of important documents as far as New York and Philadelphia.

On this foreboding April night, his assignment was to ride horseback to Lexington, Massachusetts with the breaking news that British troops were poised to march into the countryside northwest of Boston and then on to Concord, gaining control as they went. As he galloped through the countryside in the midnight hours he was to wake up his countrymen patriots by pounding on their doors. The Patriots needed a heads-up that the British planned to seize the militia weapons stored at Concord.

There's a pounding on our doors today—not at midnight, but in broad daylight. Foreign nations are stealthily infiltrating our institutions, dominating cyberspace, buying up our agricultural land, purchasing our food manufacturing plants, monopolizing the raw materials we need to be self-sustaining, looking with a hungry eye on our power grids.

If children don't like their gender, we allow them to change it. If they don't like their lives as God has arranged them, we let them create an avatar of themselves, put on some goggles, and run around doing as they please in another dimension world without laws or moral restrictions. If we can't take responsibility for parenting, abortion is an option. Day by day we are losing our hard-won freedoms. Dissent is not tolerated. We are being drawn into a strange, pagan image and forced to embrace and celebrate authoritarianism.

Unbelievable changes—upsets and resets—are taking place in our times. High-tech communication and messaging in cyberspace are beyond imagination and at the fingertips or in the palms of almost everyone. Although our standard of living has gone through the roof, the hearts of many are failing them for fear of our very survival, if the course of our present government is not reversed. We are immersed in racial tensions and moral depravities that permeate all areas of our society. Next? Confiscation of our lawful possession of guns for our protection is on the horizon.

Once again we are on the brink of disunion and disintegration as a civilized and moral society. We are in danger both from our enemies abroad once again—and from those of our own countrymen who have drunk the Kool-Aid of Socialism and Communism.

Have we learned nothing from the past?

History cycles and repeats itself; Freedoms and tyrants come and go; A brazen act of defiance for a righteous cause may at times be necessary; Courage and risk are always in style; There is a time to tear down and a time to build; It takes the sacrifice of lives and fortunes to upset and reset a society; Each generation births its loyalists to the beneficent status quo and its rebels against it; The sands of time blur what we may think is important; God uses many ordinary couriers to carry His messages; Let God hand out the credits—just do what is to be done.

Longfellow concludes his poem with the warning of a “coming hour of darkness and peril and need." Could he have had a prophetic glimpse into our future 2020s? He challenged the people to awaken and hear the midnight message of Paul Revere” once again.

“And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.”

If Paul Revere knocked on our doors at midnight tonight, or if he texted or emailed, or cell-phoned us, what message of alarm would he bring? Perhaps it would be:

“People of America—Awake! Listen! Act with boldness and courage—the tyrants are coming! They are already here. Both lanterns in the belfry are lit! They are coming from both directions—from other shores to take over our America the Beautiful—and in the guise of some of our own citizens and leaders who are trying to subvert us from within!”

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Comments

Kay From Frederick County At 9/8/2022 6:18:23 PM

Absolutely spot on, you have become a warrior for our nation. Thank you

Suellen McDaniel From North Carolina At 9/8/2022 11:35:00 AM

Dear Leona, thank you! Your inspiring message today of events in 1775 and our present is exactly the 1775th email now in my inbox. We met many years ago when you spoke at a conference in Georgia and I introduced you to my palomino mare named Leona in a subsequent letter. God bless you, always.

Jan Nichols From Buford At 9/8/2022 10:53:29 AM

What can I (we) do? We can pray in faith. We can live our lives as Jesus commanded. We can love ALL God's children and let that love emanate from us as we question someone in love about their distorted beliefs. We are not helpless because God hears our prayers. FAITH, HOPE, LOVE,TRUST & LOVE more.

Eugene Witmer From PA At 9/8/2022 4:27:37 AM

This was read in the middle of the night....and NOW I'm wide awake! And it's a "must read" message for all Americans. NOT just another "opinion piece" but a warning we need to heed. How? Well, we had better start thinking...and beyond! God help us if this message is ignored!

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1/31/2020

EATIN' SHORTBREAD
Leona Choy
1/24/2020

PLATFORM, PODIUM, PULPIT OR PEDESTAL?
Leona Choy
1/17/2020

BUCKET LIST AGAIN?
Leona Choy
1/12/2020

IN SEARCH OF A MAKEOVER
Leona Choy
12/31/2019

SEASONAL SAG
Leona Choy
12/30/2019

THE MYSTERY OF TIME
Leona Choy
12/28/2019

2020 MY RENEWED EAGLE YEAR
Leona Choy
12/26/2019

Post Surgery Report
Leona Choy
12/3/2019

SURGERY ENCORE
Leona Choy
11/23/2019

“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
Leona Choy
10/31/2019

WHO IS SHAKING MY TREE?
Leona Choy
10/30/2019

WHO IS THE BOSS OF ME?
Leona Choy
10/15/2019

LORD, MOVE MY MOUNTAIN!
Leona Choy
10/13/2019

ANOTHER WAITING ROOM
Leona Choy
10/11/2019

DON'T BE SHEEPISH
Leona Choy
10/10/2019

THE VALUE OF SELF-TALK
Leona Choy
9/28/2019

LASER PRAYER
Leona Choy
9/27/2019

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
Leona Choy
9/12/2019

CARRY ME, FATHER
Leona Choy
9/5/2019

MY PERSONAL SPIRITUAL WORKOUT
Leona Choy
9/4/2019

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
9/1/2019

Lessons from My Cup
Leona Choy
8/20/2019

STRAW & THE CAMEL'S BACK
Leona Choy
8/7/2019

BECOMING MORE "FRUITY"
Leona Choy
7/10/2019

CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS
Leona Choy
7/3/2019

PITCHING IT RIGHT
Leona Choy
6/30/2019

“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?”
Leona Choy
6/25/2019

34580 and COUNTING
Leona Choy
6/18/2019

MOUNTAINS AND MOLEHILLS
Leona Choy
6/14/2019

CHEERLEADING
Leona Choy
6/6/2019

HANDS ON THE PLOW
Leona Choy
5/22/2019

WAITING FOR GRADUATION DAY
Leona Choy
5/17/2019

I THINK BOOKS
Leona Choy
5/13/2019

ONLY TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!
Leona Choy
5/4/2019

HO-HUM FAITH
Leona Choy
4/18/2019

BREATHTAKING THOUGHTS
Leona Choy
4/7/2019

TOO MUCH ON MY PLATE?
Leona Choy
3/31/2019

EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
Leona Choy
3/4/2019

AVOIDING A SPIRITUAL "OOPS!"
Leona Choy
3/1/2019

PURSUING WISDOM
Leona Choy
2/19/2019

A THORNY MATTER
Leona Choy
2/15/2019

A SOMEWHAT GRUMPY CHAT WITH GOD
Leona Choy
2/12/2019

A FISH STORY
Leona Choy
2/8/2019

LET'S EAT NOODLES TOGETHER!
Leona Choy
1/21/2019

SATISFIED--A SECRET TO SHARE
Leona Choy
1/11/2019

STILL RUNNING
Leona Choy
12/29/2018

RESISTANCE TO ASSISTANCE
Leona Choy
12/6/2018

CHALLENGE OF THE FOURTH QUARTER
Leona Choy
11/26/2018

KEEPING A TRADITION
Leona Choy
11/15/2018

PUBLISHING FUND PROGRESS
Leona Choy
11/5/2018

"GOING STEADY" WITH MY "SUGAR CANE"
Leona Choy
11/3/2018

A SHOUT-OUT FOR A NEW BUTTERFLY
Leona Choy
10/31/2018

THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER
Leona Choy
10/7/2018

REPEAT OFFENDERS
Leona Choy
9/30/2018

SHINING WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS LOW
Leona Choy
9/21/2018

I DESERVE IT...DESERVE IT NOT....
Leona Choy
9/13/2018

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Leona Choy
9/10/2018

WAITING FOR GOD'S DUE TIME
Leona Choy
9/3/2018

STONES AND COVERUPS AND HOLY EARS
Leona Choy
8/31/2018

IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES
Leona Choy
8/29/2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY CELL TOWER
Leona Choy
8/27/2018

REJUVENATION GOD'S WAY
Leona Choy
8/17/2018

STUCK IN THE MUD?
Leona Choy
8/13/2018

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
Leona Choy
8/8/2018

WHEN'S A GOOD TIME TO "EXULT"?
Leona Choy
7/30/2018

Survey For the Calendar-Challenged
Leona Choy
7/25/2018

Destiny Decisions
Leona Choy
7/19/2018

BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR HIKING BOOTS?
Leona Choy
7/18/2018

Hurrah for the Prepper Bridesmaids!
Leona Choy
7/13/2018

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
7/10/2018

BARNACLES
Leona Choy
6/5/2018