Thomas Jefferson said “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”
Many of us have not yet tasted the sweet flavor of absolute Liberty. We may have experienced little bits of it, but not have yet been blessed to know of the whole thing. If this is true, then we know there is something that needs to be done. Something, that has never been done before, at least not in our time. History has shown us that restoring Liberty is possible. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. I have recently learned that the road to Liberty is a road of sacrifice, loss, and trial. Take the War for Independence for example. Each person involved was faced with loss and trial we probably couldn’t even fathom today. The result, however, was clearly worth every penny lost, every life taken, and every sacrifice made.
We must be prepared to take on the same responsibility these people did to take back what has been withheld from us for so many years. The thought, at least to me, is highly intimidating. I feel, as I’m sure many of you do, that I could never amount to what those incredible people did so long ago. However, we must step outside our point of views and put aside our fears and doubts. In “Catos Letters volume 3”, Trenchard and Gordon teach us that “nothing that is good or desirable can subsist under tyrants”. Likewise, when Liberty is at hand, good and desirable qualities will overtake all other forces. It is my hope and plan, that we will be the ones to bring back what has been removed from us and restore Liberty to our country. This can only be done if we do something no one alive has ever seen been done before. It may be difficult, but oh will it be worth it. I long for the day Liberty is in command, when we can see the tyrant step down from his reign and bid farewell to his rule.
We write, because we hope to make a difference. My biggest fear is that we are writing and not being heard. Although, if we are being heard, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are making a difference. My biggest fear would really be that we’re being heard but no ones doing anything about it. What’s the point of being educated if you don’t use that knowledge you’ve acquired? Now the next question most of you have is probably, “how can we take action?” The answer would be to use the knowledge you’ve acquired to teach others what you know. The more people who know what’s going on, the bigger of a difference it’ll make. I can’t express it in words my sincere desire to make a change. I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Most people linger, knowing there’s something to be done but not knowing how to do it and give up. Please don’t be these people. The only way we can make a difference is if the people reading this use what they are given as inspiration to do something more! There are so many ways to educate others in our world today… Use them for good instead of idle things. Another thing is that everyone who is takin action right now needs to know we’re United! I’ve been wondering for a while now how many actively involved people it would take to truly make a difference. There is no specific answer to this but I do know that if there are hundreds of people out there who know these things, but think they are standing alone, how can things change? How can a difference be made if there are hundreds of strong, virtuous people out there standing alone? The answer is a difference can’t be made. Not unless we all stand together as one. Please, let us know you are listening, let us know you understand, and let us know you are taking action! We, along with the others out there hoping to make a difference, need to know we don’t stand alone. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools”
“If good men do not involve themselves in the management of the republic, then the good will always be governed by those who are worse than themselves.” – Plato
In a world of dark choices being glorified, it may seem that virtue is not the right path. However, we know this is not true. You may say that it is a difficult path, and this can be true. We vote for our representatives, but looking at the world now, it’s easy to see that the virtuous choice is not the majority. Just because your opinion is not the majority does not mean it can’t be voiced. That’s what we’re all about. Stand up and speak your mind. Write to the world how you believe. People won’t agree, people never always agree. There were Federalist and Anti-Fedaralist papers because they had different opinions. We do have to except who the majority votes for because that’s how our government works. However, we do not have to quietly accept everything they decide. The founding fathers were unhappy with what the British Government decided, so they rose up and fought. Not everyone agreed, there were still loyalists. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and is perfectly capable to express it. Don’t just let things happen. If we do, everything will be taken from us. Rise up, everyone, and speak your mind. But don’t expect everyone to defend it. If someone does, you know they’re one of the chosen, like everyone reading this now. I can’t wait to see what’ll come next.
Unwelcome influences are all around us, they’re just part of our everyday lives. Words, pictures, movies, music, they all seem to be trying to tear us down. How then, can we be expected to create a virtuous people if all the world seems to want to do is wallow in unpleasant media? The answer is simple, surround yourself with things that will lift you up. I know it sounds easier than it is, but it’s not impossible. Although we might not be able to get rid of all poor influences, we certainly can create a dramatic difference in our lives by avoiding them.
Firstly, we need to weed out anything we may surround ourselves with that may create negative thoughts or feelings. The world is trying so hard to convince everyone that listening or watching things that we shouldn’t be is right. I don’t need to point out what is and isn’t right, we were blessed with the ability to naturally distinguish the two. The things we see and hear greatly influence out thoughts and actions and could be holding us back from our true potential if were not careful. George Washington explained “It is much better to be alone than to be in bad company.
Even though it is so important to avoid the nasty things life throws at us, it is equally important to surround ourselves with the things that are good. As dangerous as the stuff that is put out there is, the world sometimes presents us with good things. Search for those that lift you up, not tear you down. You might just be surprised at what you can accomplish when you’re surrounded by the right influences as opposed to the wrong ones. If we strive to better our surroundings, we can become that virtuous people that were intended to live here. David Hume said “we are pretty much masters of what books we shall read, what diversions we shall partake of, and what company we shall keep”
John Adams declared “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
We try to understand the sacrifices given so that we may live in a free country today but how could we? The loss, heartbreak, pain, and suffering so many had to endure is beyond our comprehension. The heroic tales we’ve been told only cover half the story. We never hear about the nights so many of those heroes probably had where they felt as if they couldn’t do it another day. They fought with everything they had for us. Why did they do it? Why would they risk their lives even though most of them wouldn’t even live to see this country succeed. They knew that though it they may not see it in their life time, the generations after them would live a better life, and that was enough for them.
Think about them now. All those who we know as heroes today and even those we don’t know the name of who fought just as hard and gave everything they had. What would they think of our country today? Would they be proud, or fall on their knees in despair? Most of us are truly grateful for all those who gave so much but we need to show it. With all the knowledge you have, teach others, so they may teach others. If you have been warned, then warn others so they won’t get hurt either.
Have you ever felt that feeling when you feel like something needs to be done? Chances are, most of us have. Our instincts tell us something is wrong but we have been taught to ignore it. The amazing people we discussed before felt those same feelings but instead of ignoring it, they actually took a stand that had an incredible outcome. Imagine what we could accomplish! Everyone may tell us we can’t win, but once enough people are taught and we’re United, there’s no doubt that we can win. We can win because we’re doing it for the right reasons. In the War for Independence, there seemed like absolutely no way the Americans could win the fight but they did! They won because they were determined to create a free country for their families and their posterity.
Let us not forget all the sacrifices that have been made in our behalf. We need to honor those who came before by upholding what they fought for. I am inspired by these men and women who did so much so that we could live in this amazing place.