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Born Free

March 26, 2018

     “Our Founding Fathers here in this country, brought about the only true revolution that has ever taken place in man’s history.  Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. But only here, did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolved the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God given right and the ability to determine our own destiny.

 

But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it onto our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well taught lessons of how they and their lifetime must do the same.  And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”                          

 

                                                                            ~Ronald Reagan March 30th, 1961

 

 Sullivan Michael

 

     

     I didn’t spend yesterday watching endless coverage of children calling for the end to our constitutional rights. I didn’t watch as they were transported on million dollar buses to a grand stage which hosted dual jumbotrons and a podium with the United States Capitol as a prop. Instead, I drove over 140 miles to a family gathering officially welcoming my first grandson into the world.

 

     On the way “up north”, my thoughts wandered from work to writing as my Ipod played a variety of music. About halfway through the trip, Kid Rock’s “Born Free” filled my ears and then my thoughts.

 

 

                “Free, like a river raging, strong, is the wind I’m facing,

                     chasing dreams and racing Father Time.

                 Deep, like the grandest canyon, wild like an untamed stallion,

                     if you can’t see my heart you must be blind.

                 You can knock me down and watch me bleed but you can’t

                    keep no chains on me, I was born free”

 

     A month ago, Sullivan Michael, my first grandchild was born free.

 

     Think about the magnitude of that statement for just a moment. Sully, along with every other child born under the flag of this country is free to be whoever and whatever they choose. There is no limitation on their being. There is no ruler or king that will force them into servitude, decide their fate or turn them into sheep because we will not allow that to happen.

 

     Being a child born and raised in the United States is a blessing. Being an adult in this country is a blessing and a responsibility and we are generations removed from fighting for the freedom which we now take for granted. The results of our inaction have been glaringly obvious over the last few decades.

 

    It’s easy to become complacent and it’s really easy to think that the next guy, the next generation or, God forbid, the government will take care of it but look where that’s gotten us. Sure, we can voice our opinions by posting snarky memes on social media or complaining over coffee that this country is going to hell (and the Good Lord knows I’m guilty of both) but what good is it doing us? We do a lot of talking but we really need to start “doing” because our complacency is becoming our downfall.

 

     Organization is what the left has down pat….well, that and screaming. They are really, really good at screaming. They like to impose their views and rules on everyone else and therein lies OUR problem.

 

     We don’t believe in that. We believe in freedom of thought and speech because that’s what our framers believed. In all reality, we don’t really like to march either. We would rather spend our free time with our families or at the gun range. Honestly, we would really rather just be left alone.

 

     The time for complacency is over and our treasured constitution is giving us a 6am wake up call. It’s time to talk to neighbors, get involved in grassroots politics and even run for office. It’s time to demand term limits and no longer allow politicians and bureaucratic hacks to control us or spend our money like Las Vegas bachelor parties.

 

     The best place to start is by becoming parents and grandparents again and also getting involved in their education. Our children need to know our history and not the revisionist version of it. They need to know the stories of the great men and women who contributed to freedom and not be fooled into believing that the communist murderer Che Guevara is someone to emulate, as displayed by patches worn by one of the child protesters over the weekend. They need to be taught respect, honor and a work ethic. They need to have boundaries and suffer the consequences if those boundaries are crossed. They should be rewarded for jobs well done, not just simply be rewarded because they want it. 

 

     Inaction is no longer an option and we don’t have the backing of billionaire socialists either. However, we do have the burning desire for freedom smoldering in our bellies so let's start using it to our advantage.

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