Every day in America there are distinguished citizens speaking out in protest of the direction toward socialism our country is taking. These speeches are not reported in the nation’s media in most instances. Yet, the crescendo of voices from the people is rising and the voice of the everyday, honest, sincere taxpaying citizen of this country needs to be heard. This is the one voice that makes sense in today’s world.

Such a voice was that of the Honorable Kermit V. Rooke, judge of the juvenile and domestic relations district court in the city of Richmond, Virginia. He spoke of a book, a book that we are now writing. “It is a story in which all of us here are personally involved, a drama in which each of us has a role to play. I want to talk about the next chapter in the History of America.”*

“Review the pages and the events of our history, enjoying the satisfaction and sensing the pride which are justified by the glorious story of America from its beginning. We… honor and pay tribute to our forefathers, their courage and their strength, their devotion and their love of independence and freedom.” Now let us discuss the next chapter of our history not as a literary exercise, but in the hope that someone listening, or perhaps all of us together, may be able to influence the way the story is to go.

“Let us begin with… the matter of crime. How will this problem look in retrospect? How important will it be as our history continues to develop? Throughout our beloved America there is a spreading wave of disrespect for the law, for life, for security in our homes, a destructive malignancy eating away upon the right of Americans to be free and to live in peace. …Unless we are prepared to control our current state of violence and crime, we must assume that our next chapter is the end of the book, that it will be a short chapter, and at its end a great Nation will die.

“In respect to this problem, I suggest that little effort has been made in recent years to avert this tragic end to our history. We have made heroes of criminals. We have made crime easy and profitable, statistically involving less risk than legitimate investments. Is reporting a crime these days worth the trouble? Of those reported, arrested and convicted, less than ten percent ever spend as much as one day in prison. Is it to be our national policy, the will of Americans, to surrender in these circumstances, or must we, with God’s help, dedicate ourselves to changing the course of history?

“Let us make it clear to those who lead us and to those who aspire to be our leaders that we will not surrender America to criminals and others who manifest disrespect for the rules by which we live, the Constitution and the law. Hear us clearly when we say that the sociologists and bleeding hearts have had their day and they have struck out. We want them off the payroll and out of the picture. 

“Finally, and most profoundly, let each one of us closely examine our own lives, thinking clearly and speaking plainly, remembering that our future and the destiny of our Nation must conform to the will of the Master. He will decide how we deserve the chapter to be written and when and how the story will end. …Let us reflect upon the fact that the script for the next performance has not been written, in its final form, and there is yet a little time for us to have a part in its composition.”*

*This speech was delivered in the spring of 1975. The Honorable Rooke called it “The Next Chapter in the History of America.” George S. Benson, from “The War Has Begun,” National Program, 1975, pp. 3-4.

~ David Norris

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