Many today have been taught that the American Revolution was about “taxation without representation,” but that’s only the seventeenth of thirty grievances that the Declaration of Independence listed against the King of Great Britain. No, money alone would not have been a good enough reason for a rag tag group of unorganized militias to take on a major world power. The American Revolution was fought for one thing,– liberty. Maybe Patrick Henry said it most eloquently, “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Their liberty was worth the risk. It was that important to them, and it should be to us.
An army of Red Coats and the most powerful navy in the world were visible foes. We are now facing an unseen foe that is in some ways, much more dangerous. Benjamin Franklin warned us that any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security would deserve neither and lose both. Thomas Jefferson added, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” These warnings have been proven true throughout history every time they’ve been tried, before or since. We must wake up before it’s too late.