Let Freedom Ring!
“Give me liberty or give me death.” – attributed to Patrick Henry
As we celebrate our freedom on this 4th of July, I hope we pause to remember the cost. More importantly, I hope we strive to reflect on our responsibility to protect that freedom currently. That is not to say from foreign armies and their leaders, which of course is true, but also from the politicians we currently have. On both sides of the aisle, there are unscrupulous people to whom our freedom is an obstacle. We must ever be vigilant of that.
The responsibility of freedom begins with us as individuals. To make choices that are wise and sound, and to plan for our present and our future in ways that are reasonable. To never, as Benjamin Franklin warned us, allow our freedoms to be exchanged for a little security. The security is a farce, and the freedom will never be returned once taken.
I am a member of the Libertarian Party but have no intention of getting political on any side. My hope is that people will wake up to the realization that the only advocate for your freedoms, your choices and your personal security is you. As Wesley says on the Princess Bride, “Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
Be self-educated. Work in your community. Volunteer. Plan for your own future, and give back to those in need. It is in these ways that we rebel against the machine that is hand picking our freedoms from us.
But for today, be safe, celebrate and enjoy! We can disagree, but thankfully we live in a country where that is still allowed.
Let freedom ring!