Taking Freedom For Granted

25 May 2014

by Jack McClain, Constitution Party of Florida

Memorial Day PA When I heard this expression today, “Taking Freedom For Granted”, I was reminded that this is so apropos for Memorial Day that is to be celebrated tomorrow. Actually, Memorial Day has been celebrated on May 30th for many, many years, since its beginning in 1868, so that we old-timers won’t be late through Friday. Seemingly, tradition can be overturned whenever a majority vote deems it convenient.

Those of us who serve at trying to right the wrongs in government can especially see clearly how freedom is taken for granted in America today. To many, we’re just “doing our thing,” and to many, “that’s not my thing!” True patriots and constitutionalists today are even sometimes labeled with terms as extreme as “terrorists” by our gracious leaders. Could this happen in America!?

Freedom no doubt means the most to those who have lost loved ones in wars over the years and to those whose loved ones stand in danger of loss of life or serious injury daily. Others who have suffered injuries in wars will go through life deformed, incapacitated, and often neglected.

For many others it would seem that life goes on as usual, since we have been in continual, undeclared war for many years. This has been named “Full Spectrum Dominance” (over the world) with military expenditure in 2012 of about $1 trillion, 39% of world expenditure. Those who promote and propose wars do not go to war and do not suffer. Sadly, some even profit greatly from such wars. James Madison once stated, “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

We want to express our thanks and appreciation to all those who have served our country in the past and present and especially to those families who have lost loved ones in the service of our country. We have served in our family and we have lost one who served. These men and women did not take freedom for granted but made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Freedom isn’t free!

“O beautiful for heroes proved, In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life!” – America the Beautiful, Katharine Lee Bates

To many in America today it appears that freedom means that we can do what we want, go where we want, get all that we can get, have all the fun that we wish, and especially that our freedoms are guaranteed by a benevolent government. While the precepts of our Constitution are stated, its guarantees are gradually being eroded and the average American doesn’t even see it happening.

And besides all that, there are millions that have walked across our borders who have never read our Constitution, nor could they even read the English, while they are illegally bathing in our freedoms to the extent of an estimated cost to Americans of $1000 per person per year. Ronald Reagan stated, “A country without secure borders ceases to be a nation.” Excuse me, but there are quite likely legislators in our nation today who have not read our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights!

Taking freedom for granted also means that many of our citizens seemingly believe that they need not be involved in the process of government. This reflects in their “doing their thing,” while others take care of the store. “Let George do it” was an old familiar phrase.

These folks may vote once every four years for a party and president of whom they know little, but we can’t expect them to be otherwise involved. They may or may not have even read their Constitution; they may not know what they should be doing; they may not have asked what they can do; they may not know their Congressman or how he votes; and God-forbid, they would not even consider the possibility that they should run for political office, or even help a sound candidate in his bid for office.

Speaking about Christians, figures garnered by Liberty Counsel indicate that, ”Self-identified Christians make up 60% of America’s voters [while] 30% of self-identified Christians are not registered to vote!” Daniel Webster once stated, “God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”

Sadly today, Americans, young and old, have been programed to believe that all power, authority, and care have been centered in Washington and that we can do little to change that. There is little realization that the 10th Amendment authority of the several States has been mostly stolen, or that this could be returned through the process of nullification.

Taking freedom for granted today has extended into the churches whereby many do not see them as a positive source of freedom, truth, and righteousness. Many pulpits are no longer a “flaming fire” of the Word of God and a source of inspiration for true believers to become involved in the affairs of government of the country they profess to love. Thus, when churches become “entertainment centers,” they lose their influence. Many folks attend only sporadically or for services only when it may be convenient, or when they tire of their customary amusement—(a combination of two words: “muse” means to think, and the alpha prefix in front of it means “not to.”)

Do we ever ask, “What can I do to preserve our liberty?” The Constitution Party stands for the freedom, truth, and righteousness that we have been speaking of—for over 21 years. When folks contact us, we seek to direct them into some suitable work that they can do to save our freedoms. Questions are welcomed and literature is available. Our Platform can be examined on our website: www.cpflorida.com and we will respond to e-mail enquirers. “Come over and help us.” ( Please inquire about my book Which Way America? very reasonably priced and any profit going to the care of overseas orphans.)

“Our American independence is as much in jeopardy today as it was during the dark days of the American Revolution” – Jim Clymer.

Our fathers God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing: Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light; protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!” – America, Samuel Francis Smith

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).