Throughout the history of the United States, the battle has raged between the Individualists and the Collectivists; that is those who believe the government that governs least governs bets as opposed to those who believe government must control the lives and the thoughts of its people. This is a battle between the Individuals who believes that it is best for people to question any and all authority, to learn to research and reason and make independent decisions, that non-conformity, different ideas, to accentuate the differences in people, versus those who stress indoctrination, adherence to ideas demanded by government through propaganda and intimidation, total conformity and obedience to the dictates of those controlling the government, and total conformity and obedience to the dictates of a tyrant.
The Freedom Loving American colonist told the tyrants governing them that they would not accept the role of being an obedient conformist but insisted that government be the servant with the people being self-reliant making their own decisions and having their own thoughts; being free from tyrannical dictates by government bureaucrats, technocrats, and experts. The Freedom Loving American colonist was determined to free themselves from tyranny.
Freedom Loving Americans face the same situation today. The question is, “do we have the same resolve to throw off the chains of government and demand we once again live in the freedom that was won for us by the Freedom Loving colonist.
Here are the last two paragraphs of the “Give me liberty Speech” by Patrick Henry. I would suggest you go and read the entire speech. It is not a long speech but can be read in 15 minutes or so. If we are to remain free, we must be proceeding with the same dedication to and belief in the virtue of freedom versus the evil of tyranny, that did these brave and determined Freedom Loving colonists.
“They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable—and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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!”
Can we Freedom Loving Americans make such a commitment to freedom. If we cannot, if we hesitate, if we loose focus, we will come under the evil of despotism once again. Yes, the choice is ours, the same as it was for our founders, the great price of freedom has not changed. It still is, “give me liberty or give me death.”
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