We are rapidly approaching our nation’s 231st birthday and I thought I wanted to give at least one post to this very important day. We have those among us who claim they love the constitution, love freedom, love America, but spend so little time learning about it.
Instead, we choose to tell each other what we can’t do, worrying about what everybody else is doing, and in the process we are losing our very own freedoms. We’re scratching our heads, wondering what happened to our country, but the truth is, we couldn’t surrender our freedoms fast enough.
If you love the constitution, shouldn’t you read it once in a while? Perhaps daily? Shouldn’t each of us take the time out of our day to learn what the founding fathers meant when they sacrificed everything for a thing called freedom? This Fourth of July, every time you hear about something you can’t do or what laws you must obey, let that be an excuse to learn a little about the founding fathers and what freedom is.
Here’s a few of those brain bullets to get your cerebral uzi cocked and loaded.
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.” — Thomas Paine
“Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.” — Gerard K. O’Neill
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln
“There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.” — Charles Kingsley
“Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.” — Author Unknown
“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” — Frederick Douglass
“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” — Author Unknown
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” — George Bernard Shaw
“Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.” — Thomas Macaulay
“When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.” — Dorothy Thompson
“We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.” — Epictetus
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” — Patrick Henry
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