I was working tonight and listening to the theme song from Last of the Mohicans, one of my favorite movies. I am struck by the sacrifice and struggle of the Native Americans that lived here and those from faraway lands that ventured here. Why do movies like this move us men? Personally, I look back to these men and women who fought and lived and explored this country and later fought to free it from a tyrant. Where are those people today? Do they still exist?
And then I look at my own life. Am I willing to sacrifice and struggle for the true betterment of the country? For liberty? I am reminded of the movie, The Patriot and the scene where Benjamin Martin refuses to vote for independence because he is needed more at home with his family and not willing to send anyone into battle in his place. Honestly, I would have to say this is me, focusing on family, work, and my other commitments. And yet everyday an overreaching government continues to steal our freedom in the name of safety, protection, and misguided policies.
What will happen when the freedoms we are losing result in tyranny eventually reaching my home as it did in The Patriot? Will I stand for liberty or cower in the face of that tyranny? What about you? Or should I make my stand now?
This coming election is pivotal for the direction of our country. We have before us a clear choice. A government that will solve all our problems: help us to eat right, provide us with healthcare, education, and jobs, ensure we never fail, promise we always win, and guarantee happiness as it controls every aspect of our lives. Or we can choose a limited government that promotes and protects our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness where the solutions to our problems come from the people and not the government. Was it not Benjamin Franklin who said, “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”
Is the former choice real life? Where is the struggle that brings character and an ultimate sense of satisfaction when we do succeed? For most of us here in the USA, it is a contrived struggle through sports and other activities. I’m not down playing sports because they are a great way to teach character to kids and young adults, but for many of us it is a drug that inoculates us from the important struggles of life. It has been that latter choice that has made our country great, individuals that pursue their dreams like Steve Jobs did, even after multiple failures. When will we applaud those that are successful in life because they risked greatly?
I see a few men and women willing to stand and speak out in order to protect our freedom. Will you? Will I? Everyone of us must search our hearts and investigate the candidates running for office and vote for the candidate that will stand for liberty.
“The truly and deliberately evil men are a very small minority; it is the appeaser who unleashes them on mankind; it is the appeaser’s intellectual abdication that invites them to take over. When a culture’s dominant trend is geared to irrationality, the thugs win over the appeasers. When intellectual leaders fail to foster the best in the mixed, unformed, vacillating character of people at large, the thugs are sure to bring out the worst. When the ablest men turn into cowards, the average men turn into brutes.”
“Altruism is Appeasement”