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Freedom Comes With A Price

Albert Einstein once said, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who lives in freedom.” Someone else once said, “You cannot separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless they have freedom.”

As we come to the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of our great nation, we should feel renewed faith and hope for the future. The Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress and read to the people on July 4, 1776. At that time there were only thirteen colonies, and thank God for those giants of men who were willing to risk life for freedom, a cause they believed to be right.

We know the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were God fearing, and depended on Him for leadership in the new country. We know that because the latter part of the document contains an appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions.

As we celebrate Independence Day next week may we always remember that freedom comes with a price and sometimes that price is the commitment to defend our freedom by the use of arms. No matter how painful, America understands its obligations to its citizens and the citizens of the world.

Our great country always has been and always will be willing to do its duty, to sacrifice even its own blood so that people around the world can live as individuals and be responsible for their own destinies. That is what we are doing today in the Middle East. Our brave men and women who are fighting there should be fully supported by all Americans, including our politicians who sometimes try to second guess our military commanders.

As we celebrate the birth of our country we should feel renewed faith and hope in the future. We Americans are far more remarkable than we often give ourselves credit for. We have been so busy over the past years blaming ourselves for things that have happened that were not within our control, that we have forgotten the many good things we have done as a nation.

Also, think about this. In the Ten Commandments, God gave Moses the basis for laws to govern a nation and a people. Those laws would make a great basis by which to govern a nation today.

If God is not honored by our nation, then government is in danger of being run by power hungry politicians who can turn into tyrants. We must keep men and women in our political offices at all levels of government who know God. They must be men and women of integrity, who are complete, whole, honest and sincere people.

Those of us in the media need to always remember that a free press exist in this nation today due to many sacrifices of our citizens over the past 200 years plus. Without freedom the press would not be free, but rather controlled by the powers that be.

In closing, let us remember the words of one of our great Presidents, John F. Kennedy; “And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: Ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Let freedom ring in our land and across the world!”

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