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Friday, March 12, 2010

JOEL SWANSON: THE COST OF FREEDOM LOST

If you would ask 10 different people what freedom is? What freedom means to them? You would most likely get 10 different answers. That is the beauty of the meaning of the word; and more importantly, the beauty of the principles, the ideals, the dream, that is the miracle of “freedom”.

 

The dictionary defines Freedom as “the condition of being free of restraints” and as “the capacity to exercise choice and free will”. But; it is much more than that. Freedom was the foundation of our Declaration of Independence. Freedom is the foundation of our Constitution. Freedom is the foundation of our lives, of our hopes and our dreams. Without freedom, and all it stands for, we are simply nothing; lost souls floundering in a sea of confusion, uncertainty and chaos.  

 

As Americans, we cherish our freedoms. We take great pride in the independence that freedom gives us to live our lives as we want. As Americans, we consider ourselves, most of us anyway, free, independent doers and achievers; not victims, not dependent on or controlled by, any king, president, or government.

 

There is an unbelievable power in freedom, in being free; a power that is instilled in us by the very principles that have made our nation strong and great; indeed, by the moral foundation that America was founded upon. That is our real strength, the source of what we are. As Americans, we cherish our freedom, our independence. We are enthused and energized by our freedom, our liberty; and that energy, that power; as Alexander Hamilton said,  enables our “human nature to rise above itself; in acts of bravery and heroism” that have awed and wowed the entire world for over 200 years!

 

We have been told over and over again, that Freedom is not free; and the sheer numbers of our military, and other defenders of our freedom, who have given their lives in wars and battles around the world, is a constant reminder of the price our nation has paid to stay free.  Freedom is indeed a miracle; and our freedom, as individuals, as a people, as a Nation, is the very soul and the lifeblood of the United States of America.

 

Ronald Reagan understood the concept and the value of freedom better than most when he said “Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing” Reagan continued, “and it is never more than one generation away from extinction. Freedom is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly, by each and every generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again. Knowing this, it is hard to explain to those who even today would question the people’s capacity for self-rule. Will they answer this; if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern anyone else?”

 

God Bless the freedoms that we enjoy. God Bless the United States of America.

 

I’m Joel Swanson, and that is my comment for today.

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