Celebrating 236 Years of Freedom

by Wildfire on July 3, 2012

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As our nation turns 236 years old, it’s good to be reminded how revolutionary the idea of freedom is. Seems there are always special interests at odds with individual liberty… not to mention the apathy of those who don’t recognize their own chains.

As Harriet Tubman once said, “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

Yes, the human spirit cries for freedom. But the mind is easily deceived into thinking it already has it—even as the chains of oppression grow ever tighter. But there is always a breaking point beyond which a man will no longer be held down.

And that’s when big, amazing, revolutionary changes happen. Such as the founding, 236 years ago, of a new nation based on the radical notion of individual liberty.

Imagine if the founding fathers were alive today. How revolutionary would their ideas be today? Take a look…

“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”

-John Adams

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”

-Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

-Patrick Henry

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” 

-George Washington

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