For me, the essence of liberty and freedom
I will never forget first reading Rev. Henry Ward Beecher’s words in my ninth year away from the World Book Encyclopedia just west of Tyler, Texas during the year 1960. They struck a chord with me. “Freedom is the soul’s right to breathe.” During my fifth year as a curious and inquisitive young man, after my dear mother taught me to read, three of the first things I eagerly sought to read were the Holy Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution. USA. I found that these three documents were inextricably linked by the application of two very powerful words, liberty and liberty. My mother had continually emphasized that I, unlike many millions of subjugated people in the world, had been born free and endowed with freedom under the law. And so it was that I learned that a free people must constantly cherish the God-given life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness ordained by the Creator of nature. Therefore, I learned at an early age to give thanks to the God of nature every day before I got out of bed in the morning and went to sleep at night, for the freedom I had to do what would bring good. and happiness in my life. More than anything else, I thanked God for the freedom he had to choose good over evil, to perpetuate the freedom that I and millions of other Americans had from restriction and dictatorship.
When I first read what Beecher had written over a hundred years earlier, my mind was drawn to the way I had felt in the woods southwest of Chandler, Texas, when I had gone rabbit hunting with my squirrel gun. and squirrels for dinner. meat. The hills and valleys of acres of unfenced forest had made me feel very special about being in a free land where no person or government could enslave and subjugate me to do and say at the whim of a dictator. My soul was graciously endowed by my creator with the substance of the alienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Because I had never forgotten the breath of freedom that my soul experienced that day and many days after, when I had enjoyed feeling it again and again, I had wanted so much that others, my friends and family, would feel the euphoria of that sale. filled my soul
Yet there are so many Native Americans who have never experienced the feeling of being free, of working a job, any job, in the hope that they can freely earn wages for doing something well or for making a worthwhile product. be paid to do it. I fondly remember my father, a self-employed welder from East Texas, telling me when I was five years old to move a pile of pig iron from one spot to another in his shop yard and, doing it to his specifications, receive a coin. twenty-five cents. from his hand to mine. It was then that I learned about the free market economy and the value of a job well done. With that coin I could have bought five large chocolate bars or put them in my pocket to save. That same day I told my father that I would work for him whenever he needed me, and every time I did a job for him, he paid me accordingly.
The freedom I had to choose to work, first to support myself and then my own family, was very appealing to me, and the intense desire I had to use that freedom to do well in school, in sports, and in extra activities. -curricular activities like the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, which I was allowed to freely immerse myself in when I was thirteen, followed me into adulthood, my time in the military, and beyond. The only people who don’t know the joy of being free to choose their own path are those who were born into a condition of state rule and weaned themselves off the teat of state control over them, as most Americans 50 and under have. experienced during the last 70 years. years. Even after 1960, however, I had to carefully navigate the waters of government intrusion into my life after JFK proclaimed infamous words that seemed to cordially inaugurate every American’s duty to wholeheartedly promote the space race: “No ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.
The spirit and specter of statist Hegelian Marxism was encapsulated by Kennedy’s rhetoric. Rather than asserting what James Madison had humbly asserted in 1787, that the duty of a representative constitutional government is to serve the People, and not the other way around, Kennedy asserted that the duty of every American is to serve the government with mind and body. The promise of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program that I chose to support at age 13 embodied fervent statist principles. I can still recite it, word for word. It read: “I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and to attend meetings regularly, participate regularly in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance rapidly in my education and training to prepare me to be of service to my community, state and nation. The main thing I learned from CAP was to take orders and never question the orders I would receive, the foundation for a successful career in the US Army. In 1971, I enlisted in the USMC and achieved PFC out of boot camp. , at San Diego MCRD and later promoted to Sergeant E-5 in less than three years.
Soviet socialism, Marxism, and the Marxist-communist dialectic rested on meaningless configurations of meaningless apologetics, which made no sense at all when uttered. Soviet citizens were taught, from 1918 until the fall of the Soviet Empire, in the same way that German children were taught the occult madness of Hitler and nonsensical Nazi doctrine in Nazi public schools from 1934 to 1945 to create the propaganda hoax of the Nazi master race. Nazism and Marxism are basically the same in their application, as they are both totalitarian and despotic in their control over the minds of the governed. Of course, a militant revolution usually precedes the imposition of totalitarianism in a nation-state, such as Russia. However, despotism can be voted as the system of government, as it was in Germany. You see, Hitler legally took control of Germany through the uninformed vote of the German people, through the lies and misrepresented propaganda of the Nazi forces who were working to oppose freedom. In other words, an uninformed and misled electorate can vote itself into the tyrannical chains of a virulent dictatorship.
Liberty and liberty, to me, is the joy of gaining success from one’s jobs and activities. There are hardly any American children today who can work menial jobs entrusted to them by their parents, feel the sweat break out on their brows performing the jobs, experience the accomplishment and purpose of the jobs, and then receive their parents’ payment for completing the jobs in the form of money is worth their value. When I had done a job for my father to his satisfaction and received a coin for doing it, he could use that coin for whatever purpose I chose; To save him, buy five chocolate bars or three comics. Most American kids today in the 21st century are allowed to demand worthless money from their parents, allowances, simply for being lazy kids. Most children are not required to do any work for the money they receive. The state and federal statist governments, for the last 70 years, have ingrained in the minds of the governed that people do not need to work for what they receive from the tit government. They are taught to suck on the teat of government subsidies vigorously and without thinking.
Dr. Fred Schwartz first wrote in 1960, and then again in 1961, a best-selling book entitled “You Can Trust Communists (To Be Communists)”. Over a million copies of the book have been sold since its second edition. In the book, Dr. Schwartz states,… The title of the book is not as initial as it may seem… because, in a sense, communists (Marxists) can be trusted. They have declared their intentions, their beliefs and even their methods in simple and unmistakable words in all the languages of the world. And they can be relied upon to follow these intentions unceasingly.” Are Marxists today, in the 21st century, different in their pragmatic goals and objectives than Marxists in the era of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the 1950s? Joseph McCarthy he might have been a bit antagonistic in his efforts to expose American Marxists during the 1950s, but he was much more correct than he was in his Senate investigations.That period of time was the beginning of a movement of sympathy for Marxists. popular Marxists who were committing espionage, who heralded the post-Khrushchev, “We’ll bury you” and the Cuban missile era with the “Oh, they didn’t mean that at all” crusade.
The Communist Manifesto is as clear today in its denial and refutation of the freedoms proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence as it was when it was first written by Karl Marx during the 19th century. His economic rhetoric proclaimed in Marx and Engle’s “Das Kapital” is also as unintelligible, misleading and absurd today as it was when it was adopted by the Russian Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Just as a human hand or foot becomes numb and numb over time from continual disuse, so the collective consciousness and sentiment of a republic can, over time, become numb to what was once the excitement and fervor of freedom. Why? Liberty and freedom must be perpetuated and kept alive and prosperous as an endearing public sentiment, like a tree or a flower must be continually nourished with water and fertilized. Free Americans should wake up each morning to thank the God of nature for the freedoms that were enshrined by restriction in the sacred law of the Ten Commandments and preserved through secular constitutional law in the Bill of Rights. They, all Americans, should pray daily that the blessings of liberty be secured and perpetuated for themselves and their posterity, as proclaimed in the Preamble to the United States Constitution.