Freedom’s Essence

The first thing God gave to mankind after the breathe of life was freedom.   Thomas Jefferson put it this way, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”   God gave us a free will to do as we wished with only one stipulation: Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Leave it to man to screw that up.  Our forefathers likewise gave us some important documents outlining freedom principles and establishing a government to implement those freedoms.  Those freedoms and rights that were initially given to us by our Creator.  The Declaration of Independence states, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government…it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

The People must realize that our freedoms have slowly been taken away from us.  We no longer have a government of the people, by the people.  Oh yes, occassionally when we put up enough of a stink, the Congress or President backs down.  But what kind of a government actually entertains amnesty bills, more spending and taxes, trading in our dollar for an Amero dollar and forming a North American Union, considering allowing the United Arab Emirates to run some of our ports and the list goes on.  The Government has two jobs:  keeping us secure and providing us justice.  Our Government thinks that it is our nanny and must run every area of our lives and that they should take our money and spend it for us.  Thomas Jefferson also said, “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”

Freedom brings with it responsibility: a responsibility to hold on to it.  It is the greatest thing next to salvation and life that God gave us.  We cannot let political correctness, apathy or the government take it away from us.  I will end this with a statement from Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

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