Freedom Isn’t FreeJuly 4, 2017
It’s Independence Day, which means the streets will be filled with parades today and the skies with fireworks tonight. There will be lots of picnics and barbecues, plenty of flags and streamers, and celebrations from sea to shining sea.
Throughout the day and throughout the nation, people will correctly remind each other that “freedom isn’t free.” The United States won its independence from England not through diplomatic negotiations but in battle, and generations of brave men and women have fought and died to preserve our liberties. It’s important to remember that, and to honor their sacrifices.
But freedom also isn’t free because it comes with certain responsibilities. Free people have an obligation to treat one another with kindness and mutual respect. Freedom insists that the weak be sheltered, the sick cared for, the hungry fed, the oppressed freed. Freedom demands that we preserve our beautiful country and the world so that we can pass them on to our children and grandchildren in pristine condition. Freedom forbids bigotry, violence, hatred, oppression, and fraud. Freedom requires not only our blood, but our time, talents, and treasure. Freedom calls us rise to our responsibilities, be worthy of our blessings, and strive always to do as much good as we can for as long as we can.
Freedom isn’t free. It’s incredibly expensive .. and worth every bit of what it costs. So happy birthday, America. Let freedom ring.
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