July 4, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!

“As long as you have the wisdom to keep the sovereign authority of this country as the sanctuary of liberty, the sacred temple consecrated to our common faith, wherever the chosen race and sons of England worship freedom, they will turn their faces towards you. The more they multiply, the more friends you will have, the more ardently they love liberty, the more perfect will be their obedience. Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil. They may have it from Spain, they may have it from Prussia. But until you become lost to all feeling of your true interest and your natural dignity, freedom they can have from none but you.”  Edmund Burke-Concilliation Speech, March, 22 1775. (bold emphasis mine)
This speech was given in the House of Commons by Edmund Burke to his King. I include it here for two reasons. One, to show that even those liberty minded individuals in England in the days before the Revolutionary War, were begging the King to allow the Colonies to have their freedom. And two, to show that the natural state of Man is to be free, those in England knew it also. Our acknowledgment and sense of freedom was a part of our English heritage. This is what it is all about. We toss words like liberty and freedom around these days and people hardly even listen. Worse, many will ridicule and marginalize someone who speaks thusly. This is not just sad, but dangerous. The United States of America was founded, is constitutionally bound and should forever be the beacon of freedom throughout the world.
We must return to our roots. We must instill in our children the love of liberty that birthed a nation like no other in history. A nation that went on to become the envy of the world. Indeed many of the altercations or insults from other countries are based in nothing but childish jealousy. The spirit of Man yearns to be free. In freedom we achieve our highest purpose, our greatest value, our deepest happiness. The virtuous man on bended knee gives thanks to his Lord not to government, not to charity, not to collectivist false equality, not to tyranny; but to the freedom that allows him to raise his family in the faith of his fathers, to prosper from his work and ingenuity, to acquire the wealth he alone creates and to the grace of God who despite Man’s failings saw fit to imbue him with Free Will. This is the promise of America. This is what has driven people from around the world to risk their very lives to escape totalitarian governments which would seize them and torture them if caught, just to have a glimpse of America, the shining city on a hill. This nation is the living embodiment of the promise of Almighty God.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” Galations 5, 14-15

We love thy neighbor by respecting his freedom. We love thy neighbor by allowing him to succeed or fail on his own terms. We love thy neighbor by helping him when he falls not by forcing him at gunpoint to help others who have failed. We love thy neighbor by allowing him to keep the fruits of HIS labor.
We do not love our neighbor by taxing his labor. We do not love our neighbor by over regulation. We do not love our neighbor by controlling what he eats, how he lives, how he loves or how he works. Those that use government to control people do not love their neighbors, they love themselves. Those that seek to take from others what they themselves could not attain are covetous. Those who seek to force others to act as they see fit do not love their neighbors. People who love themselves are of the flesh and not of the spirit. They will be damned by His word. Do not fall for the sirens call of equality in place of liberty. To do so is to sell your soul for a utopian dream of heaven on earth.
On this Independence Day my fellow Americans I beseech you. Celebrate the founding of this great nation. Rejoice in your freedom to go out among Natures beautiful and mesmerizing majesty and eat, imbibe and frolic the day away. But take a solemn moment to gather your family and friends around you and remind them that our liberty comes from God not man. That the purpose of our liberty is to allow our love for our fellow man to flourish and be manifest in our lives. That we protect our individual liberty by protecting it for our fellow man. “I will not tread on you.” We love our neighbors as ourselves by protecting their right to be free.
All that we hold dear is wholly what Marxists seek to tear asunder. We Americans seek Independence from those who falsely claim knowledge above our own. The only knowledge that we need is that we are and ought to be free. That those usurpers who would use our tolerance and the tenants of our faith against us to gain power over and rule our daily lives are not patriots, are not Americans, are not faithful servants of our God and will not join us in Heaven. Save them if you may; banish them if not!
May God Bless America. May God Bless our Founding Fathers for their foresight and wisdom. And thank God for the exhilaration of FREEDOM! 
A very happy Independence Day to all.
May you celebrate with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.  John Adams - July 3, 1776
by: Keith D. Rodebush

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