By Chip McLean:
Independence Day – for those of us who actually understand what it is that we are celebrating – is a day of reflection…a day of pondering the birth of our republic, and the courage of those who fought for our Independence as a nation. We reflect on men named Jefferson, Hancock, Adams and Franklin who were among the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. We think of the valor of George Washington, and the father of our constitution, James Madison. We also think about others who have come and gone who exemplified our American ideals and their diligence in working to preserve them.
In recent years, we have seen greater and greater attacks on freedom and liberty, yet even with the lamp of freedom seeming to grow ever dimmer, there are many even today who work to keep that lamp aglow.
One such person was writer Alan Caruba. A New Jersey native, Alan’s career included public relations and print journalism, and later became quite active writing articles for the internet. I still recall when I started up my first website, Capitol Hill Coffee House, that Alan was one of the first writers to “discover” us and had been submitting his interesting and thought provoking columns ever since. Naturally, when I started up Capitol Hill Outsider in 2012, Alan was one of the very first to know of the new project.
Alan’s expertise covered many areas, from energy policy (he was a longtime policy consultant for the Heartland Institute) to foreign policy and the whole range of constitutional issues. Alan was a firm believer in the principles of limited government as envisioned by the founders, and he never held back in his writings – even when the target of his criticisms was directed at one of “our own”.
In late May, Alan informed editors and his followers that he was going into the hospital for a few days for surgery but felt everything would be fine. That appeared to be true as I continued to receive his emails with new columns. And then the emails ceased. With trepidation in my heart, I checked with some others who informed me that Alan had passed away June 15th – he was 77.
This tribute to Alan is somewhat belated, but I chose today – Independence Day – to write this. Alan was a patriot, so somehow the timing seems right. I know that despite the fact that the forces of political correctness, socialism and a federal government with its Supreme Court and Executive branches running amok would make even the best of us want to give up, that Alan would say otherwise. He kept up his fight for our republic until the day the Lord called him home. If he were here, he would tell us to keep fighting.
Today, I know that our nation’s principles are still worth fighting for – and I will continue to do so. I know also that I’m going to miss “Uncle” Alan.
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