The Reason for Liberty

We’re comfortable, right? We each have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and entertainment ready for us 24/7. Why, then, do we care for liberty if we seem to have everything we need? Robert Green Ingersollsaid “What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul.” Just as we need air to breathe, we as humans, cannot live up to our potential without liberty. It is essential. Liberty is what makes us human. The gift of freedom is nothing short of miraculous and is such a blessing when complete and total liberty is bestowed upon us. The people who fought for freedom before us treasured their liberty in every way possible. Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death.” He was not exaggerating when he said this. Many were willing and did give up their lives so freedom could overrule tyranny. The sacrifices made weren’t because they were being taxed too much, it is because their liberty was being threatened. Isn’t that amazing? The second someone overstepped their boundaries and threatened their peace, they did something about it. Benjamin Franklin said “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” So when his freedom was being taken, he didn’t move to a different country, he took back what was rightfully his, along with so many other incredible people. Words cannot express my longing for liberty. I want to be able to feel it surround me, to be able to read the constitution and know that it is what is governing me. I, along with most of you, have not yet felt complete liberty encompassing me but that is my goal. I know, that eventually, I will feel freedom’s warm embrace because, as George Washington said, “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” Plant the seed so freedom will overcome the tyranny and we can enjoy the liberty we require as humans. Remember, liberty is not an option, it is a necessity, but whether we deserve it or not depends on if we will strive and work for it without giving in. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”-John F. Kennedy


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