July 3rd, 2009
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
233 years ago tomorrow, our county declared independence from the tyrannical British empire. Not for power... not for gold... but for freedom. They wanted to live their lives and to be left alone, and they realized that they didn't need a nanny-government directing how they lived their lives.
Freedom is easy and successful, because freedom is the truth. There is nothing better on this physical earth. For the intellectual: Freedom to know yourself, freedom to know others, and freedom to know your God. For the adventurer: Freedom to travel. For the farmer: Freedom to grow, feed, and harvest the fruits of a summer's hard work. For the business man: The freedom to test your ideas against your customers- not some government agency.
For all of us: Freedom to try, fail, and succeed. The freedom to live, laugh, and love. The freedom to pursue happiness.
Tyranny focuses on the elite. Socialism is really about the elite as well, but it claims to focus on the "collective good". Either way, both of these devalue the individual human life.
Freedom is all about the individual, and recognizing the value of each individual human life: priceless.
As priceless as each of our lives are... as priceless as each of the founding father's lives were, and as priceless as the lives of the soldiers of the revolutionary war were- freedom is worth more. Freedom is worth more. They knew that. Do we know that?
Always go at your duty to defend freedom with as much gusto as you go about your duty to defend your priceless life.
Freedom is worth it.