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“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. And those in world history who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” – Ronald Reagan Jan 5, 1967
Reagan was right about one thing: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We are in a battle for the soul of our country; especially the principle that it was founded on individual liberty and freedom. That battle has to be won (or lost) at the grassroots. When a critical mass supports freedom, it grows like wildfire. When it does not, freedom dies.
Freedom is not granted by the government. Government, by its nature, is antithetical to freedom. The love of freedom has to come from the people, and it has to be renewed in each generation. It is our responsibility as parents and grandparents to pass that love of freedom to our children. What have you done to do that?
- What steps have you taken to instill solid moral values in your children? Our founding fathers insisted only a moral people can be a free people. Children follow the example set by their parents.
- What steps have you taken to pass a love of freedom and liberty to your children? This includes instilling a sense of independence in them, encouraging their autonomy, and giving them an appreciation of their heritage as Americans.
- What steps have you taken to ensure those teaching your children are instilling a love of freedom and traditional American values? The hours your children spend in their schools forms their values.
- What steps are you taking to ensure your children are not imbibing false values from their contemporaries and other influencers? Bad company breeds bad results.
We have a political battle going on this year, but we also have a generational front in the war to preserve liberty. There is a reason the state is insisting parents have no role in raising their children. Because parents are the first line of defense for freedom. Stand up and take charge of your part of the generational front. They are your children, not the state’s.
The freedom-lovers are scattered while the statists are concentrated, centralized. The statists are trying to convince us that fighting them is hopeless. Yet, the diffuse nature of the freedom lovers gives strength. There are too many of us, too scattered for them to defeat. They win only if we surrender. If you look carefully you see signs all around that the statists are failing, about ready to retreat, if not rout.Published in