Liberty: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.
On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. For the next two days congress focused on the writing of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776 it was approved and there have been celebrations ever since.
On this day I would like to share with you some of my favorite quotes that pertain to this day. It is a day that should never be taken too lightly. Just like life it can be gone in a blink of an eye. Protect your rights.
“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan
I really feel in today’s society people have a tough time wrapping their minds around the meaning of what our former POTUS was saying.
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin
This my friends is why it is so important to protect the “freedom of speech”. Benjamin Franklin had enough insight to understand this.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
A perfect example of this, in my opinion anyway, is the TSA. Our government has made it a nightmare to travel by air.
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” John Basil Barnhill
Pretty much self explanatory.
“Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central +government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries.” – Robert Neff
All too obvious in our political system.
Happy Fourth of July to everyone out there. I didn’t mean to put such a downer on today’s holiday. As you celebrate today remind yourself it is about much more than fireworks. We lose more of our freedoms every year. It is time to stop the bleeding. I leave you with some lyrics from Janis Joplin, Me and Bobby McGee. “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Nothin’ don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free…..”
I hope you enjoyed my post today. Thank you for taking the time to read it. Spread the love!