After watching the movie, “Last Once of Courage”, on Netflix, I saw the paradox of what we say and what we do, in regards to our freedom. The movie portrays a man’s son dying while being in the military and fighting for freedom in another country and at the same time the father seeing himself not doing anything to fight for the freedoms we are losing in our own country. The father finally realizes he could not let his son die fighting for freedom and he himself sit by and let our freedom be lost. He then take action to fight for our freedom here at home. It is a great movie and I would highly recommend you take the time to see it.
People have rights given by God, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness or the right to own property, which governments are to protect but, men in government positions seem to forget this purpose of government and because of want of money, power and influence, they begin destroying the God given rights of the people they serve. They begin to destroy freedom here at home while sending troops abroad to fight for freedom in other countries.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Here are some freedoms we are currently losing:
1. Freedom of Speech and of the Press.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
2. Freedom of religion
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”
3. Freedom to peacefully assemble
4. Freedom to do what you want with your own property, called property rights.
"As the soil becomes subdivided, and actually cultivated by the owners, this view of the subject derives force from the principle of natural law, which vests in individual and executive right to the portion of ground with which they have incorporated their labor and improvements."
Anti federalist Papers
"In future times a great majority of the people will not only be without landed, but any other sort of, property. These will either combined under the influence of their common situation; in which case, the rights of property and the public liberty, will not be secure in their hands." Madison Anti federalist Papers
5. Freedom to have an honest election
6. Freedom to choose to have health care or not.
7. Freedom to teach your children at home
8. Freedom to hire or fire who you want.
9. Freedom to own a gun
10. Freedom to have privacy
11. Freedom of trial by jury
12. Freedom of travel
13. Freedom over your own money.
“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
The concept of not letting our soldiers fighting for freedom die in vain, reminds me of the Gettysburg Address that Lincoln gave.
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate . . . we cannot consecrate . . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.”
I would challenge you to be involved in the fight for freedom here at home and do all you can to see that we do not lose the very freedoms our forefathers fought for. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution, our charter of liberty.
Linda N. Hackett