This Memorial Day it is good to not only remember all those who fought and died, but what they died for. Freedom and liberty are terms nearly without meaning, so misused and abused they ring hollow in the minds of America’s young. Enchanted by liberal speakers, they seem to believe freedom means not having your beliefs challenged, and liberty just a fancy term for government handouts. The liberty of America’s founding seems to have been forgotten, or at least relegated to a bygone era. Like the forlorn silhouette of a soldier’s statue on some forgotten battle field, the things men of valor died for are being forsaken.
How can a nation honor those who defended it, who rushed into deaths arms for God and Country, without taking time to contemplate why? Despite what liberal professors with PhD’s in ignorance are professing on college campuses, men did not die for the right not to be offended, or so their progeny could enjoy “free healthcare.” The died for the right to be men, for themselves and their fellow countrymen. To live free, to follow their conscience, to be enslaved to no one, and to determine their own destinies is was what they fought for. In the end, these are the only things worth fighting for.
These rights of man do not come from government; governments are a creation of mankind meant to protect that which they already have. No American soldier ever died to defend the government, they died defending the constitution and more importantly what it stood for. That being the God given right for men and women, for good or ill, to determine their own destiny. Governments (groups of men and women), foreign or domestic, who wish to impose their will on others is what they inevitably were fighting against. Is it so hard to understand, when one group decides to take from one group to give to another, no matter the reason, without their consent, it is thievery? Similarly, that when a group decides to uplift one part of society, at the expense of all others, it is arrogance. Why can’t so called educated people see that to silence those with whom you disagree, just because you wish only their voice to be heard, is to deny others basic human dignity? In essence, is society blind to the fact that those things seemingly taking the country by storm are dishonoring those today is meant to remember.
It has been said, the best way to honor those who died defending freedom (in the true meaning of the word) is to enjoy that freedom. It would also be quite appropriate today to take a vow defend what they fought for as well. Given that they took up arms and laid down their lives for their countrymen, the least their countrymen can do is stand for them in schools, town halls, the public square and the ballot box. There could be no finer tribute to those who died than this.
In the name of all the soldiers who died for America, all they held dear, and the generations yet unborn, it is time to take the country back. Let it not be said by the children’s children of this generation, they betrayed us and all those that came before. Letting go of all that was dear, and squandering all bequeathed them, they dishonored the memory of liberty’s fallen soldiers. This is not the time to shrink from duties call, for the defense of freedom is the duty of each generation. In times such as this, all are called to be soldiers in liberty’s defense. The truth is, nothing done to defend liberty abroad will succeed if it is not first and foremost defended at home. In that vein, the words of Thomas Paine ring as clear today as when they were written not so long ago, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
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