The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson
“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.” – George Santayana.
Notice a pattern here?
Our nation fought a bloody war with itself from 1861 to 1865. This was followed by three decades of peace. Then we fought a minor war with Spain and in the Philippines. Almost two decades later we fought a horrific “war to end all wars” in Europe. A couple decades later we fought an even bloodier one that included a war in the Pacific too. Twenty years later we were fighting in Vietnam. Another couple decades saw us fighting a war in the Middle East.
The lone exception to the pattern was the Korean Conflict.
One generation pays a high price to preserve freedom. Their children grow up enjoying the benefits but not understanding the cost their parents paid. Then they find out the hard way that freedom isn’t free.
Unfortunately the tree of liberty isn’t only refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Many innocents fertilize the soil too.