Rome was said to be the greatest of all nations. They prided themselves on their Liberty and democracy that they cherished. But, year after year the people became less and
less interested in their Liberty and more interested in their bread and circuses, that is to say, their food and entertainment. Because of this, the people of Rome lost their Liberty and went through tyrant after tyrant. Most of the Roman citizens didn’t even realize they had lost their Liberty, after all, they still “voted” every year and were told they were free. Sound familiar? America is now called the “modern Rome” which doesn’t say much about us. Patrick Henry said “And those nations who have gone in search of grandeur, power, and splendor, have also fallen a sacrifice, and been victims of their own folly: while they acquired those visionary blessings, they lost their freedom.” If we continue on this path, America will fall. However, hope still exists. We are blessed with the example of Rome to guide us and help us realize what can be changed. In order to avoid the destruction Rome encountered, we must first, educate ourselves about the past, and the present. Second, recognize the tyrant, and third, rid ourselves of the tyrant and not accept anything less than Liberty. Please, use the past to save the future. Rome isn’t the only empire to experience this fate, there are so many “instances of the people losing their liberty by their own carelessness and the ambition of few”. Learn from their mistakes and don’t repeat their history once again.
Liberty is the greatest gift we are given in this lifetime. We are blessed to be able to choose right from wrong throughout our daily lives and to learn from our mistakes. However, could you imagine living in a place that has complete freedom? Could you imagine a place where everyone could do what he or she wanted as long as it doesn’t threaten others liberty? Or a place where each man and women kept the fruits of their labors and never had to give up anything they rightly earned? This is the place the founding fathers dreamt of and what the United States of America were SUPPOSED to be. Why then, are we not living in that place today? Patrick Henry declared, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that jewel and you may take everything else.”
Liberty needs to be our top priority. Sacrifices need to be made in order to restore it. Patrick Henry also teaches us that we must “Guard with jealous attention the public Liberty. Suspect everyone that approaches that jewel.” Liberty truly is the most amazing of all jewels. In order to restore and preserve it, stand up to anyone who attempts to take it away from you. There is no other way. Read the writings our founding fathers read, learn what they learned, and protect the most sacred of all gifts. Guard the jewel of liberty with everything you have.
Our country is coming to a turning point in less than a month. The power and possibility of our future is in our hands, and as that crucial days draws closer, I believe we must keep certain ideals in mind. One of them I found in a recently read quote, “Those who give up Liberty in order to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” When we see this quote, it must make us consider everything floating around our heads lately. The political figures in America constantly promise safety as the outcome to all their actions. They promise to protect our land, liberty, welfare, well-being, future, and everything else that should be our own to control. In exchange for our freedom, our basic rights, they guarantee safety of that which is not in danger. They ferment a false fear in the common people, distracting them from what truly deserves trepidation. If everyone had their rights intact, if everyone fought to provide their own safety instead of compromising someone else’s, we would have no need for the false promises the government provides. We must think when we hear the word safety. We must think if there is a true threat to be protected by this safe-hold. More often than not, the true thing to fear is the continuous loss of liberty the “safety” employs. Consider every promise made by those in search of power, for the safety they promise may mean the endangerment of something much more valuable.
If you take a look at the people we allow to rule over us today, you may realize that they make a large amount of promises, all of which, are unconstitutional promises. It’s one thing for the citizens of a nation to discard their constitution, although that should never happen, but it’s a whole other thing for the leaders of a nation to undermine the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson said “the greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” It has come to a point, when the residents don’t know the truths and the opportunities the Constitution gives, and the government not only doesn’t know of the Constitution’s boundaries, but completely ignores the existence of the Constitution. Liberty cannot dwell unless the Constitution is the sole protector of the nation. There is nothing sweeter than freedom. Since none of us have yet known a time Liberty is at hand, I challenge you all to read the writings of the wise men who came before us. These are men who new what it meant to be truly free. http://oll.libertyfund.org/pages/founding-father-s-library This link contains the same words the founding fathers read, the same words which inspired them and helped them become the people they are known to be.