Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!
It was 236 years ago today, July 4th, 1776 that our Declaration of Independence was adopted and we were given our independence from Great Britain. We actually won our independence the year before on July 4th, 1775. We were freed of King George and his monarchic rule, but were we truly free? Are we truly free today? Those are the questions I ponder as I celebrate America's 236th Birthday, today.
- We call ourselves a Democracy!
- Give me liberty, or give me death.
- The Five Fundamental Freedoms
- I am a patriot.
We call ourselves a Democracy!
We call our form of government a democracy, but have we ever had a true democracy here in the United States? Perhaps we did in the very beginning, but not today. A Democracy is a political system ruled by the people, either directly or through elected representatives. Do we the people rule our country directly? No...hell, no! Are the government official that we elect and put in office responsive to our wishes? Again, the answer is No...hell, no! We have never had a true democracy in this country but rather a Federal Constitutional Republic. A republic is where the rule of law governs the nation. But here in the US not only does the law govern us but it also governs the government. It limits their power. Federal just means that we have one central government which is the federal government and separate states that can make their own laws as long as they don't interfere with federal laws.
Give me liberty, or give me death.
How many of you recall the closing lines to Patrick Henry's speech before the Virginia Convention on March 23rd, 1775? I had to memorize that speech back when I was a school boy because I played Henry in a school play. Patrick Henry closed his speech with these words: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” I wonder how many of you reading this today are willing to take the same oath. As for me, I say, give me liberty, or give me death. Think about that folks because there will a come a day when everyone of you living here in the United States will have to make that choice for your self.
The Five Fundamental Freedoms
The Founding Father's felt that these freedoms were so essential that they put them in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The First of the original ten Amendments to the Constitution guarantee us the following five fundamental freedoms—The Freedom of Speech, The Freedom of the Press, The Freedom of Religion, The Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, and The Freedom of Petition. Those were the rights that the Founding Fathers wanted to be sure would remain inviolate, so they put them in writing. Are we secure in those rights today? Can we exercise those rights today without fear of reprisal by the authorities? I fear not! We are free to exercise those rights so long as by exercising them we do not contravene the thoughts and desires of the legal ruling authorities of the land.
I am a patriot.
I am a patriot but I can no longer deny the obvious, the fact that we are slowly losing the rights that 25,000 men died for and another 25,000 were wounded in battle to secure for us. The really terrible thing is that this time we are not losing them to a foreign power but to the tyranny of our own elected government officials and the law enforcement agencies that support them. I am going to close this article with two quotes from John F. Kennedy. First he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He also said, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Let me put it to you this way, if we do not stand together now to keep the freedoms that we still have a day will be coming soon when we have no freedoms or rights at all. As for me give me liberty or give me death. I will fight to my dying breathe to keep what is mine!
Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech