The Cost and Essence of Liberty

The cost of Liberty is constant vigilance; not only of the country and its various factions, but also of ourselves in all of our dealings.  The essence of Liberty is sound morality among its citizens.  We cannot have God on our side unless we are GOOD people:  that means morally, lawfully, personally, nationally, we, as individuals and families must strive to be on the right side of every question.  

God's judgment against bad nations is swift and decisive.  Nations don't get their turn at the Bar.  Nations aren't resurrectible like humans.  Nations fall where they stand, as soon as their evil is tipped too far toward the fiery depths.  This is why we, our towns, our counties, our states, our nation and all of our groups and associations and religions MUST BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE in God's law.  This is why we must watch ourselves and our families carefully so that we walk, as far as possible, the straight and narrow.

I  remember the actor,  Gordon Jump, and a story he told once; a father, home from work and tired, sat down to read his paper, when his little six year old son came skipping in asking to play catch.  The dad, wanting some time to himself, grabbed up a magazine lying on the table, thumbed through it and found a picture of the world.  He tore it out and tore it up into a dozen pieces and gave them to the boy.  He told the boy to go get some tape and put the picture back together and, by that time, Dad would be rested and ready to play.  Then, he settled back in his easy chair with the sports section.  Hardly five minutes later the youngster again came bounding in, with the picture all put together.  The father asked the boy how he did that so fast.  The boy said, on the back of the picture of the world, there was a picture of a family.  He put the family back together and the world fell right into place!

We must look to ourselves, first, and, then, to our families and the organizations we uphold; and make them good.  Then, the country will be stronger.  We, as individuals, as families and as a nation are in grave danger when we stray from living God’s law.  When we go the wrong way, we weaken the nation.  And, remember: this nation is the first, last and forever answer to the evil and tyrrany of the world.  When the United States of America is gone, the light of hope for the world will be all but extinguished.  This is my prayer and my creed, in Jesus's name, amen.


From an email I received from a fellow patriot today, July 4th:

Since I joined the American Legion about a year ago, I have met many Veterans that have fought for our Country.  Some these Veterans go back to WWII.  I am the Assistant Adjutant of the Post here in Auburn.  I deal with these Veterans nearly every day.  They are a group of really great men and women.  No matter what you thought of the war these people were in, they only were doing the best they could for our Country, whether you thought it was right or wrong.  Some of the Veterans that I have met are like me, they were in the military and never came close to even being in the country where the Combat was located.  We have some WWII Veterans that never left the USA during the war. Never!  That doesn't mean they didn't serve their country.  God Bless them all!

So, as you enjoy this day, our Country's 236 Birthday, remember all the men and women that have served and many of them that fought and died for our Country so that it could have this birthday.  If you know one, thank them for their service.

Please take a look at the following video about this kind of thankfulness......


They pledged their lives, their fortunes and sacred honor when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Read about what happened to some of them and learn more about who they were, these great men who did so much to bring about our Independence.  Can our Liberties be taken away?  Yes they can.  We must pray and do all we can to keep our country strong and to uphold the Constitution.


Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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