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The Frailty of Freedom

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The freedom we possess in the United States of America is both envied and hated by people of other nations. The same could be said of people here inside the United States. There are large numbers of people that want to re-write our Bill of Rights and they seek to take from us, freedom as we know it to be. Our Founding Fathers foresaw the frailty of freedom, and constructed the Constitution to create the new world of America. They had escaped the tyranny and oppressive rule of King George III through the Revolutionary War and signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and sought to preserve their new-found freedom with a document to be the structure for our new nation. The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. Foreseeing the need to protect citizens further from the power of government, The Bill of Rights soon followed as amendments to the Constitution and went into effect on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights provides individual liberties to the people and prohibits the federal government from depriving its citizens of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

There are people that seek to change our nation through the current movement known as Progressivism. Progressives and Liberals alike believe the Constitution is a living document that must change with the evolution of time. (It is the shortest and oldest written Constitution still in use by any nation today) The Bill of Rights stands in the way of their end goal. To re-write the Bill of Rights, they must change the core values and foundation of America and its citizens. They have been slowly chopping away at this foundation which America was built on in the last few decades. A foundation built on Capitalism, Judeo-Christian values and individual freedoms. Their success to date, has been both large and small.

Capitalism

Capitalism is best described as the right to succeed. The industrial revolution in America is the result of capitalism and at the very core of the success of America. Huddled masses began making the trip by ship to America from around the world, seeking her freedom and chance to succeed with dreams of prosperity and riches. The Statue of Liberty given to America after the signing of the Declaration of Independence greeted them on Ellis Island, as they embarked on a new life in the new world.

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

We have all heard the saying; “If you work hard, you can be anything you want to be.”

This is what capitalism is all about. You can come from the poorest of neighborhoods and borough’s and become a millionaire. If you have a business with a product that people yearn to have, you can sell it and profit from it, live the good life and provide the best for your family. You can succeed! Your potential is only limited by your will to succeed. If you truly want it, and are willing to work for it, you can achieve it.

Progressives and Liberals want to control our ability to profit from success through taxation. They feel that those that work hard and succeed should share their wealth with those that choose not to work hard and succeed, commonly referred to as redistribution of wealth. They want people to have an equal chance in life despite the will to succeed.

We must understand the natural greed of man to have something for nothing. People are not equal in nature; we have individual needs and desires. Why should one man who chose to work hard and make sacrifices to be successful, have to give a large portion of it to another man that chooses to do nothing? This greed in man to have something for nothing empowers Progressives and Liberals through the expansion of government. As man becomes dependant on government for the basic needs in life, we as a people, begin to loose our freedoms as individuals.

There are problems with greed and success through profiteering that should be dealt with, but it does not diminish the success of capitalism and give reason to adapt the concept of socialism or communism.

Judeo-Christian Values

Look upon most any statue, monument, symbol or document of American history and you will see signs or inscriptions in reference to Christianity. President Obama made a statement in a speech to the Muslim nation of Turkey that America is not a Christian nation. I beg to differ, and even if you are not a Christian, you cannot deny the fact that the United States of America is in fact a Christian nation and founded upon Christianity. It is a historical and statistical fact and denial alone does not remove it as such.




One of our core freedoms is the freedom of religion, and thus we as a nation are comprised of many religions. This does not mean that America is not a Christian nation. In the last few decades, the Christian religion has been attacked continuously through the interpretation of a metaphor from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson (a man of deep religious conviction) to the Danbury Baptist association on Jan 1, 1802. (referred to as the wall of separation letter or Separation of Church and State) The Danbury Baptists were a religious minority in Connecticut, and complained to him in a letter written in October 1801, that the religious liberties they enjoyed were not seen as immutable rights, but as privileges by the legislature, despite the first amendment of the Constitution. Jefferson responded with the following:

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem & approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful & zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more & more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson
January 1, 1802

It was meant to protect the expression of religion from being suppressed by the State Legislature, as the First Amendment to the Constitution provided for the same from the federal government, not to the contrary.

Individual Liberties

The Bill of Rights, giving us our individual liberties, is the cornerstone of what being an American is all about. It protects us from tyranny and prevents our government from becoming a dictatorship. We as a people are free to live our daily lives without intrusion and oppression from government control. It is set up in such a way that no man alone has complete and total control. Our founding fathers were men of wisdom that cherished freedom and sought to achieve and protect their vision of a free America for themselves and every generation to follow. The protection for their vision was cemented with the First Amendment and Second Amendments to the Constitution. It provides Americans with the right to speak out against the rise of government oppression and to protect the Constitution by a means of revolt. Progressives and Liberals chip away at these protections each day with the passage of laws and ordinances that restrict the freedom of speech, religion and possession of arms.

The Second Amendment is at the heart of American freedoms because it provides a means of which to protect and defend all other freedoms.

Conclusion

In conclusion, with the current state of political correction that slowly restricts the First Amendment, and the restrictive attacks on the Second Amendment, we as Americans have a duty based on the Constitution of our great nation to stand up and speak out against this intrusion. The Constitution gives us the ability to vote and choose our elected officials, replacing them if corrupt and misguided. Our elected officials have a duty to represent their constituents and not themselves or lobbyists. We must reflect upon the ideals of our founding fathers and be wary of the slight of hand used by government leaders and groups seeking to oppress us.

For you see, freedom is being attacked on all fronts. Through small successes on their part, we become desensitized to the larger picture. Each government program created with handouts seemingly for free, has an agenda. An agenda designed to make us dependant on government for safety and the basic amenities of life. This dependency becomes control over our lives, our freedoms, and our way of life.

Be silent no more, exercise your freedoms and protect them before it is too late.


"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln


"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

Thomas Jefferson


"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again."
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States


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  1. Sgt T's Avatar
    Very Good.

    When Thomas Jefferson spoke of "no law respecting the establishment of religion" he was referring to the establishment of a state sponsored religion, such as the Anglican Church in England. He was not talking about respecting religious establishments.

    In reality whenever the government passes legislation prohibiting a religious activity on public land, such as a manger on a court house lawn, the government is violating the spirit of the 1st Amendment. Currently in California there is a big legal battle over a cross that stands in a veterans cemetary. The cross has been covered with plywood because some atheist, who has no family in the cemetary, was offended by it. The fact that thousands of veterans families love it doesn't seem to matter to the 9th Circuit Court. The cross was put up over 60 years ago by a veterans group. It was not paid for with tax payer money.

    A noisy minority, who really aren't offended by any of the issues they complain about, are destroying the values of the other 95% of Americans, just because they can.

    The Bill of Rights doesn't actually give us our freedoms. The Bill of Rights merely codefies and numerates them for the express purpose letting the government know what it's limits are. The Declaration of Independence states, "WE hold the Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" While not expressly stated, the right to self-defense is included in "Life." Our rights cannot be granted by men, but by our Creator. However, our rights can be taken away by men if we are not constantly vigilant.
  2. Eccentric's Avatar
    Beautifully put. God help us all.
  3. Winchester's Avatar
    Very well said. Jefferson was a truly enlightened hero.

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