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February 2017 Policy Study, Number 17-2


A Commentary on the American Founding


Part 19



It is time to examine your own feelings for liberty.  Is the fire of liberty kindled in your heart?  Is it worth making a personal commitment?


Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation [or taking action], are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.  They want rain without thunder and lightning, they want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters.  This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but be it a struggle.  Power concedes nothing without demand . . . It never did . . . and it never will . . . Find out just what the people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.  The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.  (Frederick Douglas, 1857).


Please allow me to prevail upon you to take action and to suggest what some of your actions might be.  Use your vote wisely and guard it jealously.  Bestow it only on candidates that understand what our true form of government is and how it ought to be implemented.  Grant it only to candidates of high moral character and who are worthy of your trust.


When you are done reading these POLICY STUDIES, don’t leave them lay too long.  Pick them up and read them again in a month or six weeks.  You’ll be surprised at what you may have missed during the first reading.  Then read it again annually.  Your appreciation for our Founders and the form of government they devised will deepen with each reading.  And as an added bonus, it will stoke the fire for liberty burning in your breast.  It will budge you from the rut of complacency we are all prone to settle into.


Share this message with whoever is the least bit receptive.  One of our Founders, I believe it was Thomas Jefferson, said, “A nation that expects to be both ignorant and free expects what never was and never will be.”  If you and a half dozen other good people are the only ones who are familiar with this material, it is all for naught.  It is no longer taught to any extent in our high schools and colleges, and for it to have a powerful effect; great numbers of citizens must become familiar with it.  You don’t have to do it all; but don’t excuse yourself from taking at least some action to educate the populace of this nation in this matter.  Thousands have paid the price with their own blood, and millions, this author included, have given years of their lives in defense of liberty by serving in the military.

Start with your own family.  See to it that your children have their own copies and encourage them to read them.  Discuss these ideas with them.  No student should graduate from high school, much less college, without being exposed to this material; but that is exactly what is happening every day.  This has gone on for such duration that today the vast majority of our citizens have little real understanding of the great gift of liberty and the means to secure it that was bequeathed to us by our Founders.  Liberty, like muscle tissue, will atrophy from lack of exercise.  But you have to know of it and appreciate it in order to exercise it.


If you can personally do more or decide to get together with like-minded people to do more, there is a long list of our fellow citizens who should have access to this material.  Our clergy should top this list.  In the early days of our young nation, it was the clergy who informed the populace of their God-given rights, especially of their right to individual liberty (not collective) with its attendant individual obligations (again, not collective).  We may sink or swim collectively as a nation; but our natural rights, granted by our Creator and our obligations to Him, are at the level of the individual.  There is no reason to believe that a properly informed clergy could not once again perform this function.  In fact, the author believes that the clergy’s role in the securing of our liberty was crucial.  And it is no less crucial in the maintenance of that liberty.


Another obvious choice is all of our elected officials, from the most powerful to the least.  Each and every one of them should be fully conversant with these materials, right down to dogcatcher, because the lower offices are stepping stones to higher offices.  If they don’t know the material, or won’t act in conformity with it, don’t give them your support.  Go to your Secondary School Boards and the Boards of Governors of your colleges and demand that the youth of this country, the next generation, be exposed to this material in their institution.  If they refuse to introduce this material, elect new School Board Members and new Boards of Governors.  If our children are not fully aware of this material, they are easy prey to those who would rule them, rather than securing their liberty.


Equip all of our military individuals with this material.  Each and every one of our men and women in the military should fully understand their obligations, for just what it is (liberty) they are fighting and for which they may be asked to give their last full measure of devotion.  We owe them no less.  Approach our retired military personnel in the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Forty and Eight, and any other possible military organizations.  These ladies and gentlemen offered their lives in defense of liberty before, and they will very likely pursue this project with vigor.


Consider the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and any other organization you may have reason to believe will disperse this information.  Seek out any opportunity to excite our fellow men on the advantages of liberty.  It’s true, there is a tremendous task before us; but please don’t become discouraged.  We don’t have that luxury.  Whenever I start to feel discouraged, there is a short poem I like to read.  For me, it tends to set things in perspective.  Please allow me to share it with you:


My orders are to fight;
Then if I bleed or fail,
Or strongly win what matters it?
God only doth prevail.
The servant craveth naught
Except to serve with might,
I was not told to win or lose—
My orders are to fight.
(Ethelwyn Wetherald, Welsh poet).


This author wants to express his humble appreciation to you, the reader, for using your precious time to read this POLICY STUDY and the following four volumes.  He also wants you to know that he prays you will not let the matter drop here, but that you will take up the mantle to sow the seeds of liberty in all who will listen.



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