Speak Up

The first amendment to the Constitution is the freedom of religion, press, speech, and assembly. The one thing all of these have in common, is that they all ensure that the people have the freedom of thought, or, as Thomas Gordon said, “you might think what you would, and speak what you thought”. Today, I want to specifically draw attention to the freedom of speech, which can really include all of the above mentioned freedoms. There is a reason that this was the very first amendment to the Constitution, because while the Constitution guarantees certain “unalienable rights” which include the freedom of speech, there were those who wanted to make sure that this certain right could not be taken away under any circumstances. This freedom of speech is what allows the people to say whatever they wish about the government and what it has become. It allows people to be able to fight against tyranny, and stand up for that which they believe to be right. Thomas Gordon also declared, “that men ought to speak well of their governors… while their governors deserve to be well spoken of; but to do a public mischief, without hearing of it, is only the prerogative and felicity of tyranny: a free people will be shewing that they are so, by their freedom of speech.” The freedom of speech is an important tool to restoring liberty. Not only is it a privilege when we have this freedom, it is our duty to use it to fight against tyranny. All of the principles I have written about; hard work, perseverance, teaching, knowledge, virtue, liberty, and all others, require you to utilize those freedoms mentioned in the first amendment. This is why these freedoms being targeted is so detrimental to the cause of liberty. No matter what, we must continue to say whatever we can for the cause of liberty, even as it grows harder in today’s society to do so. To close with Thomas Gordon’s words, “the defense of liberty is a noble, a heavenly office.” I hope we can all strive toward this noble office, and restore liberty to where it is supposed to be.

Yours truly,

Publius

Seek Out Knowledge and Be Wise

The subject of knowledge is one I have written about a number of times, but one that can not be stressed enough. William Shakespeare taught, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” It is foolish to think that at some point you have learned everything and that you need not seek knowledge anymore. There is so much even the wisest of men still don’t know, and it is impossible to have learned all of the knowledge that the world has to offer. Only once I began reading more than just fictional stories did I realize how little I really know. To be wise is not to know everything, but to recognize how much there is to learn, and to seek out that knowledge. Many people are led to believe that once they have gotten to a certain point, they have learned “enough” and that, though there is more knowledge out there, there is no need to seek it out because it is useless, but I will again use the statement made by James Madison, that “knowledge will forever govern ignorance.” If we refuse to learn all we can, we will be forced into slavery by those who know more than we do. However, if we will take the time and effort required to gain as much knowledge as we can, then we can know more than those who rule over us, and once again obtain liberty. Benjamin Franklin also spoke of the importance of learning. He taught, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” What we learn now, we will not only use in our own lifetimes, but can be taught to others and affect the lives of many more. Knowledge, accompanied by virtue, is the key to a free nation. I encourage you to find every opportunity to seek it out, for yourself and those around you.

Yours truly,

Publius