Thomas Paine, even before the Declaration of Independence was penned, said he would not barter incentive for a dole and exclaimed how Important it is for each individual to think and act for himself. After the British had surrendered and independence was won, Tomas Paine stated, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
There is a story of a young scholar doing research on the American Revolution and what led up to it. He interviewed Captain Levi Preston, a Yankee who was over ninety at the time and had fought at both Lexington and Concord. The scholar asked the Captain what had made had made him go to Concord and fight, was it the intolerable oppressions asked the young man. Captain Preston said he never felt any oppression. The scholar then inquired about the taxes on stamps and tea. Preston explained he never saw a stamp much less pay for one and he never drank tea, after all the boys threw it overboard. After a few more scholarly questions, the exasperated young men asked what made these men go to fight. “Young man,” Captain Preston stated firmly, “what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: We had been free, and we meant to be free always. They didn’t mean we should.”
Do we he have that same passion to be free? Abraham Lincoln challenged the American love of freedom when he said, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be the author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
Are we witnessing that suicide? Have we become so complacent we value doles and handouts to liberty? Have we become so comfortable we say all well, while an administration shreds the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States before our very eyes? I am asked during question time at the end of my talk, “How do we fight this, so much is against us?” Captain Preston faced greater odds when he left for Concord. Let us, in that same spirit say, “WHAT WE MEAN IN GOING FOR THOSE MARXISTS/PROGRESSIVES IS THIS: WE HAD BEEN FREE, AND WE MEAN TO BE FREE ALWAYS. THEY DON’T MEAN WE SHOULD.” CAPAIN PRESTON WON AND SO WILL WE. JOIN ME IN BOLDLY CONFRONTING THE MARXIST/PROGRESSIVES.