“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”
It wasn’t that long ago that many of us were happily oblivious to the world beyond our families and our jobs. Some of us were involved in politics by being loyal to a political party. A few of us were always involved in the battle against the tyranny that has degraded our freedoms. In an ideal world, most people should be able to spend their lives in the first group, blissfully ignorant of what the government is doing. In fact, for most of our history, the government was not a factor in the average citizen’s life. That time has passed though. It is unlikely that we will ever again be able to take leave from our vigilance in defense of our liberties.
We have been drawn into this cause of liberty because of a sense of responsibility to our ancestors who, as Sam Adams said, “purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood”. More importantly though, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and to future generations.
We are blessed that we can fight this cause without the violence that our ancestors needed to use. Our opponents are not taking arms against us, but they have cheated us of our liberties “by the artifices of designing men”.
Our opponents cannot use reason and logic against us. They have no principles upon which their beliefs are based. Statists only value envy, greed, and power. In desperation, they use vile words, nasty rhetoric, and outright lies. We have been proven to be better equipped than they are though. We have the words and actions of our founders. We have the reason of natural rights. We have the greatest document for freedom in the history of mankind, the United States Constitution. They will continue to attack each of these. In fact, they have already done much damage to the Constitution, but in the march of history, liberty always advances.
We need your help, not only to defend against the attacks from our opponents, but also to spread the message of liberty. It’s not enough to just respond to those who will never understand. We need to win the hearts and minds of our friends and neighbors by showing them that they are being cheated out of the treasure of their labor and of the basic rights that they were born with. Please consider getting more active in our cause, whether it is through our organization or one of the many others that are allied with us. “The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”