— YA CUBA TWITEA (@YACUBATWITEA) February 22, 2014
Frantic day. Met a woman whose fiancé killed by Kiev snipers. Told me "I want to live in a country where you don't die for freedom" #Ukraine
— Mark Lowen (@marklowen) February 21, 2014
I’ll be honest and admit I don’t know what is going on in Ukraine and Venezuela. I am really vague about who’s who and what they are fighting about. At least half of the information we are getting has to be wrong because it disagrees with the others half. Which half is right? Could both sides be wrong? It’s confusing.
I do know one thing, and that is that freedom isn’t free. It’s not cheap either. Our Founding Fathers pledged ” . . . our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” Then they fought a war against what was then the most powerful nation on Earth. They were not the first to die for freedom, nor were they the last.
Our ancestors fought to win their freedom, then they fought to keep it. Over the centuries they fought to protect freedom, to extend freedom to the entire nation, then to extend freedom to the world.
The United States has been so successful at fighting for freedom that we now have several generations of Americans who either don’t know or have forgotten that freedom isn’t free. You don’t win freedom by signing online petitions or attending a catered sleepover in a public park.
I submit that any people who are not willing to risk their lives for freedom do not deserve it and any nation that isn’t willing to defend itself does not deserve to exist.
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” – Thomas Paine
Some people don’t want freedom. If you give them freedom they will waste it by slaughtering their neighbors or by surrendering it to the first dictator who comes along.
The paradox of freedom is that to win it and keep it you have to sacrifice it. Anarchists and radical libertarians dream of a world where every individual is a sovereign nation unto him or herself. But that crap don’t work in the real world.
Luckily for us, our Founding Fathers were political philosophers too:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.