If you sacrifice liberty for security
The entire quote is from one of the most noted and famed statesmen from our war to gain independence, Benjamin Franklin. “If you sacrifice liberty for security then you will have neither”. And it’s true. The more we give away our freedoms to gain peace and security from the nasty violence filled world we live in, and then eventually we’ll have neither. And when we finally notice we’ve given too much, it’s too late.
It’s been nearly 14 years since we were horrified that an airplane hit the World Trade Center. Then Tower 2 was also hit. Then as we watched silently, both towers and another collapsed into nothing but a huge pile of rubble.
Since that fateful morning in 2001, we have heard practically everything there is to hear about that day and the tragedies that followed. And more recently, as in the past week, we’ve heard about potential terrorist attacks within America. But after 14 years and trillions of dollars spent trying to defend us and prevent another terrorist attack, even the lone wolves. Despite the Patriot Act, the invasion of our privacy, and 2 wars ‘over’ and another looming, have we really become safer?
As our Day of Independence approaches, we are once again being threatened by an enemy who wants nothing but the total destruction of our freedoms. And we know about the potential attacks on us through above all things social media.
The Islamic State) ISIS) has vowed to commit more atrocities on the United States and its citizens on this glorious day of independence. So the question is should we be scared of ISIS attacking us in America? I can say emphatically, NO!
We must be vigilant and slightly paranoid, I said slightly, and never dismiss anything, or anyone, that appears suspicious during our holiday festivities. But scaring us into not doing what we can do in a free society is exactly what they want. If we don’t go to the fireworks shows, BBQ’s, parties, and yes, guzzle great amounts of beer, then they have already beaten us and won. Is that what you want?
Terrorism is a real issue in our world. It came home in 1993 with the first World Trade Center bombing. Then again in 1995 in Oklahoma City at the Alfred Murrah Federal Building, and then with the USS Cole in Yemen. Then that dreadful morning in Manhattan.
Now with ISIS and the radicalized lone wolves they cultivate we are all at risk again. But we have to remember one lil thing about ISIS and what they can do to us. They can beat us down. They can knock us to the ground. They can even kill us. But they will never defeat us!
We need to be thankful that we have men and women who are willing to lay their lives on the line for us, some of whom stay behind. Some of us are too old, disabled, or not eligible for service, but. We would gladly lay our lives on the line. We will learn a lot on the day we get attacked and bloodied on American soil. But since we’re Americans we will forget about them very quickly and devolved into, once again, partisan bickering
I say thank God for the millions of police, fire-fighters, medical personnel, & our military (past and present) for doing what they do. May God keep them safe as they do their courageous duty.
And lastly, don’t be someone who shrinks at a threat. Whether it be real or symbolic to scare the holy living s*** out of us. Again, if we stay home and not enjoy all that those who have suffered and died for us, then ISIS has already won. The question you have to ask yourself is simple; are you a proud American or a mouse living in fear of the cat?
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Robert D. Sollars is a confirmed American Patriot.