Zack Strong: The Price of Liberty; Who Will Pay the Cost Today?

The following was posted on the Independent American Party website on August 14, 2013: 

By Zack Strong

“To all who have discerning eyes, it is apparent that the republican form of government established by our noble Forefathers cannot long endure once fundamental principles are abandonedMomentum is gathering for another conflict—a repetition of the crisis of two hundred years ago.”

Every patriot with eyes to see and ears to hear knows that something is seriously wrong with our nation, our government, and our society. We each intrinsically know that we are moving into ever increasing turbulence and commotion. We have not seen the end corruption, of greed, of promiscuity, of war, of lies, of scandals. America is now in the most precarious and dangerous times she has ever seen. Our Founding Fathers never faced as well organized or as corrupt and repressive an enemy as we face today. The American patriots of the 21st century have the weight of the world on their shoulders and must bear it successfully or risk the light of Liberty being extinguished for good.

America is the most richly blessed nation in world history. In part because of our prosperity and great privileges, we have become prideful, sloppy, careless, and apathetic. We haven’t cared enough to keep our elected representatives faithful to their oaths of office. Scheming individuals have snuck in unawares and have perverted our government, our morals, our education system, our churches, and our economy while we sat back and reveled in our unprecedented wealth and power.

No one can deny that we have sold ourselves to wolves in sheep’s clothing. And now we’re beginning to suffer the consequences of our laxity. There is an awakening happening, albeit a slow one. We will suffer much as we attempt to extricate ourselves from the dangerous situation that we willfully allowed ourselves to enter into. Frankly, it may be too late to restore the Republic without use of arms, though many of us are currently trying to use words to win over the minds of the American People so that we can peacefully restore our rights. However, history teaches us the distinct lesson that once in control, tyrants don’t give up their power without bloodshed. I pray and petition the Almighty whose nation this is that we can avoid it, but in all honesty there will almost definitely be bloodshed to one degree or another as we fight for Freedom.

The following statement captures an eternal truth about Liberty: “The price of liberty is, always has been, and always will be blood: The person who is not willing to die for his liberty has already lost it to the first scoundrel who is willing to risk dying to violate that person’s liberty! Are you free?” – Andrew Ford

This is a good question to ask yourself: Are you free? If not, then what are you willing to risk to become free? Are you willing to risk your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor in Freedom’s cause? Are you willing to make sacrifices? Are you willing to abandon false notions, reeducate yourself properly according to correct principles, and open your eyes to the real dangers? Are you willing get up off the sofa and act? Are you willing to actively spread information to help wake up your fellow countrymen? If you’re not willing to do these things, you’ll likely never be free in this life.

Our Founders knew this principle well. They practiced what they preached and, after much personal sacrifice and great effort, won Liberty for themselves and for their posterity. Till now we have been happy beneficiaries of their sacrifice, but now the mantle has been placed upon our shoulders. We must take up the fight to win Liberty in our day. Consider the following quotations from a few of our greatest Founding Fathers:

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to William S. Smith, November 13, 1787

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787

“It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light. Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to “bind me in all cases whatsoever” to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and 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, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of 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 false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath’d to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. — Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.” It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.” – Samuel Adams, essay in the Boston Gazette, October 4, 1771

“Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.” – John Adams, letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 177

“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say ‘what should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom – go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams, speech in the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

“There is One above us who will take exemplary vengeance for every insult upon His majesty. You know that the cause of America is just. You know that she contends for that freedom to which all men are entitled — that she contends against oppression, rapine, and more than savage barbarity. The blood of the innocent is upon your hands, and all the waters of the ocean will not wash it away. We again make our solemn appeal to the God of heaven to decide between you and us. And we pray that, in the doubtful scale of battle, we may be successful as we have justice on our side, and that the merciful Savior of the world may forgive our oppressors.” – Samuel Adams, letter to the British Earl of Carlisle, July 16, 1778

I hope these patriotic statements rouse you to more fully exert yourself in the defense of your God-given Liberty and your sacred rights. We need every true patriot to step forward and defend the Constitution, expose and oppose evil, and promote true principles of Liberty and morality. Finally, this statement by John Adams from his touching July 3, 1776 letter to Abigail Adams sums up our thoughts on this all-important matter of restoring our lost Freedom:

“I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means.”

Folks, it may be a long road with repression, anarchy, economic collapse, and civil war, but the side of Liberty will triumph. I have no doubt of that fact. Our side is going to win! It’s just a matter of how much longer America is willing to suffer before she decides to wake up fully and take back the Liberty that is rightfully hers. Let’s help wake up our countrymen and restore our once free and mighty Republic! Let us humble ourselves and petition the Almighty God of the universe for assistance in this worthy cause! Long Live Liberty!


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