Many Americans have lost the spirit that made this country great. Many Americans will tell you they value freedom, but few are willing to fight for liberty. Without liberty you cannot have true freedom.
The difference between freedom and liberty is simple. Freedom is the government choosing not to shackle you and liberty is being able to defend yourself against the chains of government. You are not truly free if you do not have liberty. You are not truly free if you depend on the government, in their benevolence, to allow the exercise of your God-given rights.
Only when a man is willing to fight and die for his liberty, even if ultimately enslaved or killed by the government, is he truly free. A government cannot imprison a man who does not surrender his spirit, but a man, even one who is not shackled, is still a slave when they are dependent on the government.
We have seen foreign governments impose strict and immediate restrictions on their people that take away the rights of the people. This will not happen here because of our Constitution, specifically the First and Second Amendments. Our government knows they cannot overtly oppress the people. Their tactics must be more insidious to be effective.
Our government’s plan to take away our liberty is not a secret. It is right there before our eyes if you open them and see. They plan to:
Make a large segment dependent on the government for their survival.
Divide the people against one another; a divided people are blind to the evils being perpetrated by the government
Indoctrinate the children to believe that the government is all knowing and all providing; those who oppose it are the evil ones.
Encourage both legal and illegal immigrants who do not value or understand what it means to be American to come to this country.
When people believe the government is all knowing and all providing they are more than willing to give up their liberty. They believe that it is wrong for people to bear weapons because there is no need; good old Uncle Sam will protect us.
Once the people are disarmed the government can and will take away the rights established under the First Amendment and then like dominoes all rights will fall.
The King of the Jungle, the lion, prefers living in the wild to living in the most luxurious zoo. No matter how well provided for, the lion desires living on the plains of Africa even though the living can be hard and survival is not guaranteed.
This is the spirit that brought the early pilgrims to this country. They gave up security and came to an unsettled and dangerous country in order to have liberty. Many Americans have lost that spirit and it is killing our country.
The first line of defense is our voice; exercise it by writing letters to the editor, to your elected officials and by speaking your mind even o those who do not share your view and who will attack you for it. Let them you know will not be silenced.
Secondly, but equally important, is to vote and to volunteer to help candidates you support.
Finally, prepare. Prepare to take up arms not against your country, but for it. Take up arms against the government that is an enemy of the people. This is the last defense and one that may never be needed if the government believes there are enough people willing to die for liberty.
A strong well armed people is an effective deterrent to oppression. Exercise and defend the 2nd Amendment. Your liberty depends on it.
“Give me liberty or give me death”….. these words were spoken by Patrick Henry in 1775 but still ring true today; embrace them.