Thomas Jefferson once spoke that we ought to have a revolution every twenty years. From time to time, we’ve had our share. We had the civil war, the whiskey rebellion, the sixties, and more recently the so called “Republican revolution”. When Jefferson uttered those words, he said the blood of patriots watered the tree of liberty; that blood was the natural manure.
During the Republican revolution in 1992, that tree did not get watered. It wasn’t literally blood that needed to be spilled, but rather sacrifice. Republicans didn’t need to sacrifice, the people did not suffer, it was as peaceful as it could be, but it wasn’t enough.
We learned as rapidly as the new government would very quickly forget from where they came. When a revolution does not have a great sacrifice, tending to the tree would have to be more often. The longer we take to feed the life of liberty, the greater the sacrifice needs to be. Thankfully the blog revolution came in. You might not like it, but it’s a lot better than the other two alternatives – Tyranny or violence, both which would cost a myriad of innocent lives.
In a world of political correctness, where only certain individuals are exempted from hearing offensive comments, and the duty, the obligation to punish others based on their personal views, tyranny becomes the choice of the people. We’ve become so afraid as a nation to speak our minds that tyranny is rapidly becoming the only alternative. There are people among us that are selling out our freedoms simply because they’d rather toe the party line than to stand up for justice.
When we listen to those in society that would scream compassion for murderers, yet have vindictiveness in their hearts for members of the opposition, freedom quickly fades. We can’t ignore any longer their intentions or their ill will. Justice is on their lips, but it’s niether in their hearts nor their minds.
The blogosphere is both a wonderful sign of the times and an unfortunate one. It’s wonderful, in that people now have an avenue to speak their minds. Some use it to further their dishonest agenda, some to be the town cryer, and others to seek the truth. When all is said and done, people become better informed, and the world changes.
At the same time it’s unfortunate. Unfortunate that people have become so fearful of what will happen if they attached their name to the greatest weapon in defense of freedom. Is it any wonder why gun registration leads to the disarming of a people? Can we still believe after witnessing how fearful people have become of speaking their minds that more gun control would only serve to silence the people even more?
We let “innercity minority youth” become an excuse to infringe on the right to bear arms, afraid that defending the second amendment would allow ourselves to be portrayed as racist. The reality is, African Americans understand better than any of us, the importance of having the right of self defense. It wasn’t that long ago that people would rush to their judgement simply because they were different.
Our society sought to correct these ills in society, and rightfully so, but the way to level the playing field isn’t government giveaways and new laws, but to ensure that minorities have equal treatment under existing laws. That government would no longer look the other way in a lynching, or that a witness was credible simply because they were white.
We’ve forgotten what the price of freedom is, what it cost other people far greater than any of us will ever be. Of the 56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence, 12 lost their homes and 5 were captured, tortured, and killed as traitors. 2 had their sons captured, and another 2 sons of these men died in battle. These men had pledged their fortunes, even their lives for our freedom, and for 9 of them, the wounds or hardships from war cost them their lives.
The stories of these individuals, their sacrifices has disappeared from our minds and has to be researched. The Fourth of July is a day to drink beer and watch fireworks, not a day that reminds us of what freedom is and what sacrifice it took to take it. Instead of being reminded how to preserve freedom, the news channels reminds people of all the things they can’t do. In today’s world, it’s reasonable to think that freedom is but a fantasy.
Why shouldn’t it be? Everywhere you look, people have their own self interests at heart. Men won’t be man enough to take care of the children they helped create, opting to seek their own personal happiness and missing their greatest calling, that is to raise a child up. Our leaders, too often, are concerned about their own personal ambitions and not what’s right for this country. We think people owe us respect without first giving them respect. We want to behave badly without any consequences, but are quick to demand punishment for others who behave the same as we do.
Yes, the situation may seem dire, but there is hope. The hope lies within each one of us. We are all capable of making the sacrifice to preserve freedom, and the sacrifice doesn’t have to be that great. We don’t have to lose our homes, our families, our lives. Truth weighs twenty times more than lies do. Truth is so powerful that those that lie have to try to silence those that tell the truth.
If telling the truth cost a little bit of business or even a friend, because the person didn’t want to hear the truth, imagine how costly it will be when they have more power over your life. Compromising beliefs in order to appease only leads to self imprisonment. It becomes easier and easier to do until you’ve forgotten what you believe.
Imagine terrorists being appeased until they are beating on your door. If we appease the Islamo-Fascist now, won’t we change our religious beliefs to appease them in the future? If we even do so in a lie, we’ve become their slaves and allowed them to kill others. Whether it’s Islamo-Fascist or your neighbor, you must stand for freedom. Here’s one last brain bullet before I go… “This above all, to thine own self be true” — William Shakespeare