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Liberty or Death

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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.

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About Patti Wells

I'm a concerned American. I grew up in the fifties, and came of age in the sixties, so I've seen both sides of the cultural revolution that took place in the late sixties. As a Baby Boomer, I'm part of the last generation to really know the liberty that this country has provided for its citizens. I'm the widowed mother of two adult children and a retired mathematics professor at a local community college. I lead a weekly Bible study and sing in the choir at church. I play canasta with a group of friends each week, and I enjoy sports and movies.

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  1. IF JEFFERSON WAS RIGHT, THEN WE HAVE NATURALLY FLOATED DOWN THE RIVER TO OUR OWN DEMISE. GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME A LARGE TOAD THAT FEEDS OFF THE LIBERTY OF ALL OF US. IT HAS CONTINUED TO GROW WITH THE EXCUSE THAT IT IS FOR THE CHILDREN OR THAT IT IS IN OUR CORPORATE BEST INTEREST. VERY FEW IN GOVERNMENT SEEM TO BE CONCERNED WITH THE 17 TRILLION OF DEBT, SO THEY KEEP RAISING THE DEBT CEILING AND SOMEDAY CHINA WILL SAY WE DO NOT WANT TO BUY ANYMORE OF YOUR DEBT AND WE WANT SOME PROPERTY TO INSURE THE VALUE OF THE DEBT THEY BUY.. THERE GOES BIG CHUNKS OF PROPERTY BEING TAKEN OVER BY THE CHINESE. IT COULD HAPPEN IF WE DON’T GET OUR HOUSE IN ORDER.

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    • Yes, we’re the proverbial frog placed in the pot of cold water. It’s boiling now, but unless we turn back to God and our founding principles NOW, we’ll never be able to muster the strength to hop out, because the Chinese will own us completely. We will never know how bad it is to live without our liberty until we no longer have it. And we gave it up for peace and security. Doesn’t the Bible say something about that?

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