December 20, 2020
Freedom is a vast field of opportunity. We can use this gift of freedom to wield a club of destruction or raise a wand of creative works. Choosing the former takes no special effort while the latter requires disciplined behavior. Liberty rests on the virtue and knowledge necessary to allow for the constructive uses of freedom and also restrain from the abuses of it.
The basis of our American form of government rests upon the principles and manners requisite for a free yet peaceful society. We, as a free people, are the ultimate trustees of all our inherent power, even those powers we delegate to the government. The government is not the dispenser of rights, nor the owners of that power – we are. The role of the government is limited by us to only legitimate uses of that power in order to maintain peace while allowing freedom to prevail. Our founders wisely chose a republican blueprint in order to have the best chance at maintaining those principles of Liberty. Only by the consent of the governed do we institute government to secure our rights. The laws established for those purposes must abide by the spirit of these fundamental principles.
Only a people filled with the knowledge of Liberty and virtuous enough to preserve it can be free. As Benjamin Franklin noted “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
We must always remain vigilant to any encroachments upon our Liberty, and be willing to defend it at all hazards. Our forefathers spent much time, toil, money and blood to give us a chance at freedom. May we set an example, thereby passing along the necessary knowledge and virtue, so that Liberty may be protected for ourselves and our posterity.
Let freedom ring!
“…….proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants” – Leviticus 25:10