The AmericanRevolution, Version 2.0

September 2, 2009

A Rich Heritage of Freedom

Filed under: freedom — Miss Abigail @ 2:34 pm

The men who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence put their lives, property, reputations, and families on the line.  If the American Revolution failed, they would be hanged as traitors to the Crown of England.  Many were wealthy men, who lost everything for the cause of Freedom.  Freedom to worship God as they chose.  Freedom to govern themselves.  Freedom to choose their own leaders.  Freedom.

Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want.  True freedom can only be found within a system of Just Laws.  Your rights end where mine begin.  Our Constitution guarantees the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  I may be happy to box, but hitting you in the nose violated your rights.  Thus a truely free society must have laws that forbid evil.

Freedom requires responsibility.  Freedom requires that a man or woman defend the freedoms of another person, even if they disagree.  I may think that you are stupid for believing that the earth is flat, but I will defend to the death your right to believe that.  If I do not, we both lose freedom.

Thomas Jefferson said:
Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law. (Declaration of The Rights of Man and The Citizen)

Benjamin Franklin:
They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety… deserve neither safety nor liberty. (Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759)

Parting Shot:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! ~ Benjamin Franklin

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