FARGO — We have been blessed with people willing to fight for this country since the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

Generations of patriots have fought for this country. It's impossible not to see the tearing of the fabric of everything that makes this nation great today.

The founding fathers didn't wilt from this fight 245 years ago; nor can we leave this battle to others. I see this as a war of ideas. We were warned about this. Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “We have given you a republic, if you can keep it.”

But this is not for the faint of heart. Political correctness has weaponized free speech. Remember when President Barack Obama said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”? When conservatives see everything they love about this country being maligned and vow to fight it, they are canceled, fact-checked, mocked by big media and shouted down.

When you say “it’s time to fight for what made America great,” you should prepare to be labeled an “insurrectionist.”

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We can learn many lessons on how to wage this war of ideas from a 27-year-old modern day founding father, Charlie Kirk. He was in Fargo this week (his second of three trips to North Dakota just this year) to help launch Freedom Matters USA, a grassroots activist group that is bringing together people to fight for education over indoctrination, real journalism versus fake news, election integrity and protecting the freedoms for which the founding fathers died.

Kirk has built the largest conservative youth organization in America, Turning Point USA. His radio show (heard in North Dakota on AM 1100 The Flag-Fargo and AM 1090 The Flag-Williston/Tioga) and his podcast are heard by millions across America. He leads the largest student organization in America, fighting for Western ideals, mobilizing a force of conservative fighters in tomorrow's leaders.

We conservatives have been a silent majority for far too long. If you don't like what you see happening to your country, to your state, in your schools and communities, you only have one option. Lend your voice to this fight for freedom or prepare to lose it.

Those who wish to transform this country into something very different than the republic the founders gave us are very well-funded and organized. We see strains of socialism, communism and Marxism in these dark forces. Their goals and aspirations are relentless. We must match theirs to keep our republic.

Find your place in this battle. We’ll be talking more about these groups, and others like them, in future columns and on my radio show. Like the tea party or MAGA movement, Freedom Matters USA will be attacked. Try wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in downtown Minneapolis. That's what Donald Trump fought for. Despite what the extremists have done to him, we should never have to apologize for fighting for the greatest country on the earth.

Scott Hennen hosts the statewide radio program “What’s On Your Mind?” On AM 1100 “The Flag”, KFYR AM 550, AM 1090 KTGO “The Flag” and AM 1460 KLTC. Email him at ScottH@FlagFamily.com