The price of freedom (letter)
It may not be the most beautiful place in America, but it has to be in the top two or three. Looking over the lake water at the snow-capped mountains across from the amphitheater on a bright, clear day makes the occasion for celebrating the birthday of our nation’s Declaration of Independence a wonderful time for thanksgiving. Thanksgiving to our creator who in so many ways has endowed us with the unalienable right to life. Thanksgiving for the right of liberty to live with our family and friends as we freely choose. Thanksgiving for the right to pursue happiness as only a free and blessed peoples can enjoy.
It was a warm sunny day on July 4, 1776 when 56 Founding Fathers signed their name to the world’s most unique document. A document that conceived the world’s greatest nation. Their signature was signing their own death warrant if their great adventure failed. It did not and hasn’t. We are still the greatest nation the world has ever known. But, we are having a difficult time finding the same strength, courage and wisdom that is needed today as in 1776.
Almost daily, attacks on the founding premise that all men are endowed by their creator with equal rights are being forced on Americans for their religious beliefs, their race, their gender, their existence as the unborn (abortion) — even their suffering as the unwanted elderly (euthanasia). Some of these attacks are fostered by a government that should exercise their power to protect human life not harm us with bad law.
Abraham Lincoln brought a rebirth to our nation’s Declaration of Independence, which he used as his guiding light for the Gettysburg Address. It became the prayer of a nation of one race freeing another race. Over a half million Americans, including Lincoln, sacrificed their lives to the proposition that all men were created equal and were endowed by their Creator with the unalienable Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. History has never again witnessed such love of one race for another.
As a nation, we are so blessed. We have survived the many threats and wars from abroad, and now we must overcome the tyranny from within. America became great due to the courage, strength and wisdom of fifty six men on July 4, 1776. It will now be necessary to find a whole nation of men and women with faith, hope and love of country to keep this great and beautiful America a land of the free and a home of the brave. If this sounds like a prayer, that’s because it is.
God bless America — God bless us all.
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