By Michael Hernandez
SANTA BARBARA—“Tyranny is like hell, it is not easily confronted,” said Pastor Rob McCoy to a crowd of 120 gathered Memorial Day morning at the Santa Barbara West Beach near the Pier for a “Get Back To America” rally. McCoy urged the crowd to engage in politics and work for the campaign to elect Andy Caldwell, Republican candidate for the California Congressional 24th District (which includes part of Ventura County, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties).
Pastor McCoy shared three stories:
- A story of a surprise 1777 Christmas attack by General Washington and his soldiers that turned the American Revolutionary War around despite the fact that only six percent of the colonists were fighting for freedom and despite the fact that General Washington was fighting a pandemic—smallpox and influenza—and only one-third of his soldiers at Valley Forge could fight that winter while most everyone else had the comforts of their homes;
- A story about Memorial Day when in 1975 as a 10-year-old-boy his father, a Navy Captain, took him on a trip from his home in Coronado to pick-up a South Vietnamese Major and his wife, at Camp Pendleton—where they were temporarily being lodged after escaping communist soldiers during the fall of Saigon. Later, the Major’s wife accidentally started a fire in the McCoy kitchen that ended up burning the carpet. When Rob asked his mother why she wasn’t angry, she responded: “They lost their country. We can replace our carpet”;
- A story of encouragement he received from his 99-year-old godfather when things looked pretty bleak in his California Assembly campaign. His godfather, an Admiral recounted Pearl Harbor and other moments of his military career and told Rob: “Stop! Quit whining! Finish what you started.”
“This is war. It’s not just about waving a flag,” said Pastor McCoy. “Start activating. This country is worth it.”
Also, appearing at the event was Charles Cole, candidate for California State Assembly 37 District; Michele Weslander-Quaid who honored Lt. Col. Chris Quaid, United States Air Force; Emergency Doctor Mike Fealy; Dr. Paul Aijian; and Timothy Tremblay. The event was sponsored by Barbara Battistini, Santa Barbara Protect Our Children.
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].