With the 2020 elections just a little over a year away, the rise of openly and avowed socialists in public office, and the fact this July 4th will commemorate two hundred and forty years of independence, we must remember how important it is that our freedom be preserved.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Freedom is easily lost, but it is not easily regained. The idea of independence from the tyranny of a monarch was a revolutionary concept when it was put forth in the Continental Congress. To form a government ruled not by a monarch who held the seat of power, but a nation ruled by laws – the laws of God – was unheard of for the world of that day as the majority of the world was ruled by monarchs that had unlimited authority.
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I think that we as Americans forget just how privileged we are to have a system intended to check the power of government and grant its citizens with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, rights that prevent unwarranted confiscations of property, right to trial by jury, right to fair trials, and the right to defend ourselves by the keeping and bearing of arms.
We forget the high price paid in the form of blood spilled by patriots that died that we might have a country and not have to fear the iron fist of tyrants.
We forget the sacrifices of the patriots that faithfully served their country whether in the court, in public office, or on the battlefield.
Let us never forget the sacrifices of our Founding Fathers, risking life and limb for the cause of freedom. The signers of the Declaration of Independence signed the document knowing that such a declaration would be declared as treason by the increasingly oppressive British government and that there would be no going back.
Let us never forget the men that stormed the beaches of Normandy to repel the demonic forces of Nazi Germany, just one of many examples of the courage and determination of Americans to keep their country and the world free.
I ask every American to think before they pull the lever or fill in their ballot at the polling places, especially the first time voter.
Are we to vote in people who would reduce those freedoms with the policies of a bloated government and increased legislation further diminishing our freedoms or are we to vote for those that will uphold our constitutional rights as Americans?
There has been too much sacrificed for our sake that we should simply throw our freedoms away for the tyranny of socialism and progressivism. Do we so eagerly seek to squash the ability for anyone to become successful under America’s system of free enterprise? Do we so eagerly wish to silence our freedom of speech under the guise of quelling “hate speech”?
There is a reason that John Adams once stated, “Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.”
It is our responsibility to uphold the freedoms we enjoy provided to us by the US Constitution and make sure that the sacrifices of the great men and women of our nation are never in vain.
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