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Freedom makes America great

Bryan Golden

On Independence Day, we celebrate the gift of freedom given to us by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. However, its true value rarely is appreciated unless it is either threatened or lost.

The United States is the only country established exclusively on the principle of individual liberty as an unalienable right. The founders of America recognized freedom as a fundamental human right, not something bestowed by an individual or group. Our Constitution was written specifically to protect our rights and freedoms from being usurped by power hungry tyrants.

We have more rights and freedoms than anywhere else in the world. Our freedoms are rights, not privileges granted by government. Our freedoms are the envy of the world. Every item in the Bill of Rights is a precious jewel designed to ensure the immortality of our liberty.

The power of freedom is unlimited. Free people build, create and invent. Everyone’s life improves as the result of freedom. You have the freedom to benefit from your hard work. You have the freedom to ignore naysayers.

Freedom is the foundation of America’s greatness. Freedom is opportunity. Freedom has created the highest standard of living in the world. Freedom is responsible for amazing discoveries, inventions and innovations. Freedom unleashes the human spirit to improve life.

Even when living in a free country, there are people who voluntarily give up their freedom. They do this by giving others the power to make decisions for them. This approach is fraught with peril because no one cares as much about your well-being as you do.

Our founders understood the tactics used by oppressors to enslave a population through the suppression of freedom. America’s founders knew tyrants have an attitude that they are above the law and better than others. Our founders foresaw that authoritarian individuals would inevitably come along, intent on stealing power and wealth from the people.

The process of confiscating your freedom involves deceptive scare tactics. The power-hungry claim to know what’s best for you. The erosion of your freedom is expedited by polarizing the population, splitting them into groups, which are pitted against each other. Then freedom can be taken from each group under the pretext of protection from the other groups.

When all freedom has been taken from you, compliance is what remains. Life in a tyrannical, totalitarian society consists of misery and suffering. Tyrants consider the Constitution and your freedoms as an impediment to their accumulation of absolute power. Tyrants believe they are above the law. Tyrants feel they know best and are intent on imposing their will on you.

The destruction of America occurs when elected representatives or governmental agencies act illegally in defiance of the Constitution. The destruction of America takes place when these people refuse to enforce existing, duly-passed laws, while imposing their own unconstitutional decrees.

Freedom is the archenemy of tyrants. Individual liberty is a roadblock to a tyrant’s ascension to power. In order for tyranny to succeed, liberty must be destroyed. When liberty is destroyed, America is destroyed.

Nothing surpasses the gift of freedom where each individual has the right to determine their own life. What is the alternative? Is it being told what you can and cannot do? Is it having some person or government deciding what, and how much you are permitted to have?

Freedom is your right. It’s not a commodity granted to you by someone else. Yet, freedom can be compromised by the malicious actions of others. The typical approach to confiscating your freedom is to start small by taking seemingly inconsequential freedoms under the guise of fairness, safety or security. Then, piece by piece, your freedoms are eroded until they cease to exist.

Your freedom is not free. Countless people have given their lives so that you may live free. If you are not vigilant, you will lose your freedom. Freedoms lost are extremely difficult to get back. If you don’t recognize how precious your freedom is, and speak out against anyone trying to take it, you will lose your freedom. Freedom makes America great.

Bryan Golden is the author of "Dare to Live Without Limits." Contact Bryan at Bryan@columnist.com or visit www.DareToLiveWithoutLimits.com, Copyright 2016, Bryan Golden.

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