America, The Beautiful

I love the fact that everybody seems to celebrate freedom on Independence Day. Yet, we’re left with a question to answer: what do we do on the 5th of July? On the 6th? Every other day of the year? It is easy to be happy with the freedom and liberty we have as Americans one day out of the year; anyone can do that. Yet, it is a hard battle to fight for this same freedom year round. The efforts to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave are exhausting.

America was built on an idea that government should not be the controller of the people, but that it was a project of the citizenry in order to keep an orderly country and protect God given rights. America was built on the idea that humanity is capable of living a free life, and that rulers and authorities should have to answer to the people, not the other way around.

As Lafayette wrote, “Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.”

Anyone is capable of dressing up in the good old red, white, and blue and taking pictures with sparklers attached to patriotic captions on a single designated day. Some even go a little bit farther; they may read the Declaration of Independence (or possibly even the Constitution), and put forth some effort to truly acknowledge how blessed America is to be founded on liberty and be bought by the blood of patriots who knew that liberty was worth dying over.

The many will be capable of being thankful for liberty one day out of the year. The few will be capable of defending it in the war zones of government day after day after day.

What will you do with America, the beautiful? Will you love her one day out of the year and leave her to defend herself the rest? Or, will you stand up and fight?

Will you fight against the tyranny of big government?

Will you fight against those who seek to take freedom away, whatever the cause?

Will you fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

You can either leave the boldness and promise of America behind, keeping it to one day of the year. Or, you can celebrate it every single day. The latter option is hard; with that kind of awareness and celebration comes a great responsibility to defend the premises and freedoms this country is built upon.

It is, however, so very worth it for America, the beautiful.

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