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Lady Liberty celebrates 125 years today. She’s been welcoming the world to our great nation for a really long, long time.
This book made me cry a little.
Most of us will never know what it’s like to leave your home and move somewhere completely unknown. Most of us will never HAVE to learn another language. Most of us will never know what it’s like to not feel completely safe in our homes, or to not have enough food for your family and be able to do nothing about it.
Most of us are descended from those that did. And we’ve gotten complacent. We’ve gotten soft. We’ve gotten lazy.
We are allowing our rights to be impinged upon little by little, bit by bit and are thinking it’s for our own good.
An example would be that we allow the Fourth Amendment to be violated every time we fly.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
The TSA guy didn’t have probable cause to take away my lotion or force me to dump my water. We PAY the airlines to destroy the Bill of Rights with our government’s approval by disarming us and forcing us to submit ourselves to useless, Communist-esque searches. Our ancestors came here precisely for the freedoms we’re supposed to be able to enjoy in America.
Today on her birthday, celebrate the freedom that the Statue of Liberty represents.
Every day, think through what those freedoms actually are and stand firm in the rights granted us by our Constitution.
(oh yeah, and learn the Constitution.)
Remember what John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. “
And watch. Be aware. Pay attention.
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