The older ones know of it because they lived it and are aghast to watch it disappear. The younger ones have it in their genes but it lies dormant, ready to be catalyzed. It is just a matter of an awakening.
From Ron Ewart (rymes with “Stewart”):
Everything that is alive today longs to be free. Free to “move” unimpeded. Freedom to “do”. And for humans, the freedom to make their own choices on where to live and work, what to eat, what to wear and how to spend their time, just so long as those choices do no harm.
We desire to be free and secure from an attack by a foreign or domestic enemy. Free to live on and use our land responsibly, un-encumbered by the tyranny and arbitrary nature of government.
Humans have the desire to “move” laterally on the land, or the ocean, or in the air by mechanical device. Birds have three dimensional freedom to fly anywhere their wings and their energy reserves will take them. Now that is true freedom. Because you see, “movement” and “to do” is the very essence of freedom. A bird with a broken wing cannot fly and thus is enslaved to the ground, vulnerable to predators. A human being who is overly restricted by government is not free to “move” or “to do”. And if you cannot “move” or you cannot “do”, you might as well be dead. If you cannot “move” or cannot “do” because you are locked in place by fear or government intimidation, you are no longer free. You are but a slave to that fear and government intimidation. That fear will “eat” at you like a flesh-devouring bacteria and render you impotent and frozen as a deer in headlights.
But deep down in the recesses and roots of every American’s soul, is the memory of and the very foundation of freedom, given to them and paid for, by their ancestors. The older ones know of it because they lived it and are aghast to watch it disappear. The younger ones have it in their genes but it lies dormant, ready to be catalyzed. It is just a matter of an awakening. Then it becomes a matter of will and courage to reclaim our freedom, en masse.
The seeds of freedom were planted for us 230 years ago on a new continent, full of promise and opportunity for those who were willing to pay the price and the price to sow those seeds of freedom was steep indeed. But the roots of those seeds still lie in each one of us, whether we know they are there or not. The courage that it took to plant those seeds of freedom is wrapped together and an integral part of our roots. That is what separates us from peoples of all other countries on this earth. Because we have known true freedom and once known, it will always seek higher ground, no matter the attempts to contain it.
Unfortunately, that promise of freedom and the opportunities to prosper from it, have in part, become our undoing. Our success has left us soft, blind and vulnerable to the enemies of freedom. We would rather lose our freedom slowly, bit-by-bit, and seek security, than take the harsh road of defending that freedom, even though we know that, in the end, we make the wrong choice. Because it is each generation’s solemn duty and obligation to defend that freedom for their children and grand children. We abdicate that obligation to mindless apathy.
In spite of our perceived difficulties, life is good in these United States. Have we problems to fix, of course. But men and women of courage, will and common sense, can fix those problems in freedom. We need but religiously adhere to the foundation of the freedom that was laid out before us in clear and distinct detail. We need to tell our leaders that we will accept no less from them. We need to defend our constitution and the rights that others work so hard to take away. We need to vigorously defend our property and the fruits of our labors, that others would usurp, or steal from us by force. We need to tell others that freedom is the right and only choice and enslavement is the path of death and evil and that we are on that path, unless we have the courage to seek a higher one.
So we ask each and every one of you to look in the mirror. You know what is happening and yet you look the other way. You know that our foreign and domestic enemies lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce, but you stick your head in the sand and pray that it won’t happen. You know that a fight is looming on the horizon, but you refuse to prepare for it.
Still, deep in your heart and mind are the roots of freedom and the courage to defend it. Like a tree that gains sustenance for survival through its roots and the air, we too can gain sustenance and courage from our roots in which reside the indelible memory of our hard-won freedom.
We close with a quote from Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that is as appropriate today as it was in the dark days of World War II, with a threat to our freedom, just as real.
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
We choose to fight when we can win without bloodshed, against the domestic enemy of growing socialism and radical environmentalism, that is Hell bent on enslaving us. If that effort fails, then “we will choose to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” Because we will not live on the ground with a broken wing that restricts our right to “fly” and to “do” and leaves us vulnerable to other predators.
So which of you will call on your roots and choose to join with us in this fight and this just cause to defend freedom from our domestic enemies and to preserve that freedom for our children and our grand children? Many have joined already. Join with us in the awakening of the roots of freedom that lies dormant in our souls. Help us to catalyze the roots of freedom into actions that will reclaim it.
Ron Ewart is President of the National Association of Rural Landowners.www.NARLO.com