She Still Stands
By: Carolyn Hileman
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin. What was it that our founding fathers fought for? What was it that made them lay aside their plows and take up arms? What drove them to leave their wife and children, knowing they might never see them again? Some have said it was for the great experiment called America. While I can agree that it was for America and that she had yet to be tested or proven to call it an experiment trivializes everything these men did and sacrificed for, to them this was no experiment this was life or death.
“On every question of construction of the Constitution, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” Thomas Jefferson. Imagine if you will knowing that if you were caught you would not only be put to death but done so publicly so everyone including your family could see. Now imagine believing with every single fiber of your being in something much bigger than yourself. So much so that you would give your everything to see it through, so much so that you would risk leaving you children without a father an your wife alone.
“Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”
War is Inevitable, March 1775. Patrick Henry. While some would call it propaganda those who fought for the cause knew that it was their destiny, it was their higher calling, their lot in life. They needed no others to define the fight or them, they had it etched in their hearts. The right to freedom of religion, freedom to speak, freedom to make their own laws, freedom for themselves and for the future generations, one would wonder what they would think about those freedoms today?
“The ultimate authority…resides in the people alone.”
“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution.
The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much …to forget it.” James Madison. They believed with every single fiber of their being that man was made to be free, and that the people were the ones who should determine their own destiny. One cannot read their words without knowing that they wanted the same things for which we long for but no longer have the courage to fight for.
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards.” Samuel Adams. He did not say only the ones that congress deems appropriate, he did not say but only if the poll numbers are good, he did not say only if they donâ€™t call you racist, he never said they should be defended only if it was convenient and we had the time to mess with it. These people had lives, they had jobs, they had businesses, they had farms, they could have easily said let someone else do it. But they laid down their ploys and pens; they closed their businesses and walked off their jobs all for the cause of freedom and for America.
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” Alexander Hamilton
“People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.”
“Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and prayers, but she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator of her own.” John Adams
“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
Listen carefully and you can almost hear their voices pleading with us not to allow their gift of freedom be destroyed, they are asking for a few people to take up their cause to set forth a path back to the freedoms that they endowed upon us. They do not wish for us to languish idly while the flames of liberalism would burn our homes, they ask that we the true Americans put down our plows and take up the banner of freedom once again. Do not allow those who would destroy her be unhampered, be it those who fight for her defeat in every corner of the world or at our own doorstep. Do not allow those who would willfully ignore her laws and flaunt her laws under the guise of seeking a better life destroy the very essence of her beauty and strength. She is a beacon to the world, a shining light for all who would come after her and seek freedom, she is not an open door to all who would casually use her and then try and change her to fit their mold. America has her own identity and has had so for many a year, she does not need anyone to try and change her, she does not need any one to fix her what she needs is someone to defend her.
She still stands was the mantra after 9/11, every man woman and child reveled at the fact that after the smoke had cleared she still stood unhampered by the mornings tragic events. The two things in this world we could count on were that statue and our flag. They were the two things that held us together as a nation, they were the cause of joy and of tears, joy because they were still there and tears because we had all but forgotten them. We had been blessed until that day not to have to remember what it is to be an American. Since that day however, we have had to fight not only enemies outside of our country but those within its shores as well. It has been a long hard battle, we are tired, we are weary, and some days it feels it would be just as well to give up. However, as the battle raged around them, as the dirt and the mud caked their clothes, as their stomachs ached from hunger, their shoes torn and battered, their ammo limited they thought of little else but freedom, they fought on, now it is our turn and the question remains when all is said and done and our final battle is through will our children be able to say she still stands?
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