Liberty Lies in the Heart
By: Patti Bankson
More and more people are dissatisfied with the direction in which our leaders are taking us. We may not be geniusesâ€¦ not that our leaders are … but itâ€™s been obvious for decades that thereâ€™s something wrong with our government. And whatâ€™s missing in the equation is not genius, but Common Sense: sound practical judgment, independent of specialized knowledge or training. And Integrity: steadfast adherence to a strict ethical or moral code; doing the right thing for the right reason, even when no one is watching. Iâ€™m talking about Characterâ€¦ the sum of your partsâ€¦ Who You Are.
This canâ€™t be over-emphasized, because as long as those things are missing, there will be chaos in the lives of every day people like you and I. Iâ€™m not saying that every politician is lacking character, or that every American is the embodiment of character. But it seems that the average politician is lacking it more than the average American embodies it. I think thatâ€™s why when people talk about where our country is headed, they say, â€œIâ€™m discouraged. Our leaders are doing things that are illegal, immoralâ€¦ even unconstitutionalâ€¦ and there doesnâ€™t seem to be a way to stop them.â€
They want to just opt outâ€¦ disengageâ€¦ tune it all out. Maybe they want to believe that will work for them on some level, but the hard, painful truth is that the process, whatever it is, continues. With or without them. And one morning theyâ€™ll wake up â€œshockedâ€ to find themselves left to grapple with the results.
Perhaps theyâ€™ll wake up like auto dealership owners did with all their hard work, money and dreams stolen, without explanation. Without rhyme or reason. Without recourse. Just taken through action initiated by their government.
Or perhaps theyâ€™ll wake up like auto bond investors did expecting to be first in line in bankruptcy, as law dictates, only to be, after the government and the UAW. As this administration dictates.
Maybe theyâ€™re business owners, desperately needing work, whoâ€™ll wake up to find theyâ€™re not allowed to even submit a bid for work generated by stimulus money. Because theyâ€™re not a union shop.
Maybe theyâ€™ll wake up on a gurney in a â€œgovernmentâ€ hospital praying theyâ€™ll be cared for before itâ€™s too lateâ€¦ or being denied necessary care a political appointee sitting in an office somewhere, decides theyâ€™re too old or too sick to â€œwasteâ€ time, energy and money on.
Liberals call this â€œalarmist rhetoricâ€. I call it recognizing the factsâ€¦ a wake-up call. People world-wide have been, and still are being, imprisoned or killed by their own governments for wanting to â€œLive Freeâ€ without having to die for itâ€¦ for wanting a government like ours that Abraham Lincoln said, in his Gettysburg Address, should not be allowed to perishâ€¦ a government â€œof the people, by the people and for the peopleâ€.
Instead of giving up we need to keep standing upâ€¦ for whatâ€™s right and what is ours. While our freedoms are still intact and our lives are still ours to live as we choose.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. – Judge Learned Hand
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