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Freedom is always fleeting

July 11, 2014

 

Former President Bill Clinton said, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

The Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago tomorrow, and as we all prepare to celebrate with our friends and families, there are a few things we must always remember about this day and its meaning.
First, our freedom was not given to us. It was earned.

Thousands gave their lives after deciding to walk from underneath the boot of British tyranny and stand up for themselves and ultimately, for countless generations after them.

Second, freedom is always fleeting. Freedom isn’t a skill, it is a practice and we all must practice freedom everyday to remain as we are.

Our freedom is threatened every day in more ways than we can count and holding “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” is key to keep breathing life into our nation’s lungs.

Standing up for what is right is always just that — the right thing to do — and if others are watching like they have been for hundreds of years, we need to make sure that we are showcasing the very best of America.

We need to show the world the insatiable appetite our founding fathers had for freedom and liberty, the same hunger that stirs in the stomach of each and every American every day.

Last, we have to stand together.

Our country is torn between two political factions and neither side seems to be concerned with the nation caught in the middle.

But, as Clinton said, what may be wrong with American can be fixed by what is right with America.

And if we ever think there is something that we cannot fix, let us remember the spirit and fight of our forefathers that gave us the keys to freedom and liberty.

They taught us how to drive, but they cannot drive for us.

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