This week, we celebrate 243 years of independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress was deliberating over the most momentous political event of all time — 13 colonies were to become the United States of America and undertake a radical experiment in individual liberty and self-government.
Even though the resolution for the Declaration of Independence had already been adopted, there was some hesitation when it came time for the delegates to apply their signatures to the document. When John Witherspoon realized that the delegates were wavering, he stood up and made a passionate speech, reminding them that “there is a tide in the affairs of men — a nick of time we perceive it now before us. To hesitate is to consent to our own slavery.”
Witherspoon finished his appeal, and the delegates signed the Declaration of Independence. Historians have recorded that many of the men, recognizing the magnitude of what they had just done, openly wept. They knew that they were once slaves to an oppressive government and now they were free.
If the Founders could see us now, would they not weep again? Should it be said of us that we were once free and are now slaves? Our forefathers ran from the tyrannical rule of kings, yet those on the left today seem to be running towards tyranny of a different sort.
Our forefathers’ mission was to secure the liberty of the American people. The founders believed there was potential in every human being, and that the best way to cultivate that potential was through individual liberty.
Tyrannical governments and socialist dictatorships have done nothing to enhance the human condition. The freedom that America has gifted to the world, on the other hand, has raised the baseline of human existence beyond anything ever conceived before.
Of freedom, Thomas Paine wrote; “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
Like Paine, many of us understand that what we care for most lovingly holds the greatest value for us. If Americans today were asked what we value most to leave as an inheritance for our children, what would that be?
Would it be an antique that’s been passed down for generations, or that sports car in the garage? A lovely home, precious metals, or stocks? Or should we consider something more precious, such as liberty? Isn’t liberty worth any sacrifice to secure as an inheritance for our children and their children?
Our liberty was declared 243 years ago this July 4th by men who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence knew they would never fully enjoy the fruits of that liberty. They understood they were doing this for future generations of Americans they would never know. They were doing it for us. We owe them a life dedicated to preserving liberty, not a capitulation to the tyrannical forces of socialism.
I have to admit I didn’t write the above, I copied it from here:
10 thoughts on “Is Liberty still worth fighting for?”
There will always be those who are against liberty. There are always people who feel the need for big govt. to lead them. Even in the 1776 era there were plenty of people who didn’t support the movement towards freedom and wanted to side with the king.
Or, as otherwise put “Freedom isn’t free”!! Ask a veteran IF you NEED this explained to you!!
ask not only a vet but a GOLD STAR family member. Or any family member of a military family.
The danger for this country’s future are the millennials and the generation to follow after. They have been taught nothing about this country’s history and most have no interest learning. Within the next 50 years or sooner you will see some type of a civil war or a complete change to a dictatorial government without a shot being fired. Haters of the U.S. have been ramping up efforts to make this happen over the last decade waiting on a generation so uncaring and distracted to make it happen. A Sanders or AOC type sitting in the White House is no longer that far fetched.
The root of our problem is that we’ve forgotten God! People need to not only start reading their Bibles again, but they need to be walking in the Word and living it in their lives. Benjamin Franklin stated, “It’s a Republic, if you can keep it” should be resonating in every Patriot’s mind & heart.The bottom line is are there enough people who are willing to take a stand for Truth and fight for the cause of Freedom?
To its credit, the Pantagraph published the Declaration of Independence in its on-line edition today. For those that deny a faith in a benevolent God did not cross the minds of the founders in establishing this country, one should read the document.
with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence. . . .
About half way through that I am thinking “glad we have such a wonderful journalist that can write so eloquently”. At the end I’m thinking “glad we have such a wonderful journalist that can credit a source”. Happy Independence Day to all my fellow freedom lovers. And to all the trolls too.
Sorts off subject yet about our Flags of the Past. This week an unnamed individual in sports, took offense to our Betsy Ross 13 star Flag as it was being used by a shoe company as a way to show old time patriotism. What the person failed to realize that this shoe was actually invented for him as it was designed to keep all his bull—t in the shoe and not on it. Do not disrespect our FLAG!!!
Obama has 2 at his 2nd inauguration. Oops, phony outrage!