It's a GREAT DAY to be ALIVE and living in a LAND OF LIBERTY!!!
It is fitting to pause and contemplate the great sacrifices made on our behalf by those brave and dedicated souls who sacrificed their lives, their property, and their beloved families in some cases, in order to bring to pass the freedoms we now enjoy. I become livid when I see and hear fools, intellectual and otherwise, degrade, discredit, and abase the Founders due to their human imperfections. What value is there in tearing them down when they brought to be those documents that are the foundation of our very existence in a LAND OF FREEDOM?
And the soldiers who gave in the wars since 1776 and the founding of the Constitution in 1789, many of whom still carry scars and disabilities, sometimes in wars that were unpopular.
And those who give of time, talent, and separation from family today as they take freedom to the oppressed in other lands. What right have we to think that people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other lands do not deserve, or cannot function in a free society? Do we not owe to them the opportunities that were given to us by our own forbears? What mountainous personal selfishness, boorishness, churlishness gives them permission to haughtily reserve for themselves blessings of liberty that they did not, themselves, earn? I often think that there is no greater sin committed against the Great Creator than the sin of ingratitude.
So as we celebrate with brauts, hamburgers, explosions of fireworks, and time with family or off fishing, let us take also some time to thank our Creator for His Blessing of Liberty granted through the miracles of 1776 and 1789 when He so carefully guided wise men raised by Him to That Very Purpose that we might benefit from the opportunities that most of the world has never experienced. That divinely inspired statement in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that *all* men [and women] are created equal, and are endowed *by their creator* [not government] with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness [not happiness provided by government]. And that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers [not any unjust powers] from the *consent of the governed*" was hoisted like a banner in the face of autocratic rulers who had dominated the world almost since the dawn of mankind. It was indeed a revolutionary concept never before seen in the societies of Europe from whence we came.
And as we talk of "freedom of expression" and the vile behaviors of some who exploit that freedom to the detriment of self and society, of freedom of religion in the face of those who seek to suppress any public expression of the same, and as we see those who cannot understand what a family really is -- a male father, a female mother, and children -- living in a loving home where parents dedicate their lives to rearing offspring of high moral character, let us be ever mindful that liberty is not the right to do what one pleases -- whether it be good or ill.
We live in a world of choices. We have the POWER to choose between good and evil, between right and wrong. We do NOT have the *right* to choose evil or wrong; only the power to do so. And we cannot escape the inevitable consequences, good or bad, of the choices we make. Some have chosen the power/privilege to not believe in an Almighty who Rules in the Affairs of Men. But it matters not. One also has the privilege to get on top of a 40-story building, leap into the air, and claim to not believe in gravity. But just as gravity is inevitable as is their pending encounter against the pavement below, they forget to realize that choosing to believe or not believe has no effect whatever on the very real existence of the Divine Creator, nor on our inevitable accountability to That Being for our lives and how we lived them here, after we depart from this frail existence called mortality and face the accounts, carefully kept by invisible observers, of how we conducted ourselves in that short time from birth to death.
Liberty carries with it responsibility. Great responsibility to vigorously defend it, and to vigorously promote it to all of mankind where ever mankind is found. And with that responsibility comes the responsibility to be grateful for that which we enjoy but did not create ourselves.
It is good to live well. But it is important to live right.
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