Monday, December 11, 2017

Preserving Our Freedom

You know... it's not about who we voted for, or didn't vote for... it's not about if we are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Independent... It's not even about being "right" or who lost and who won.

All that matters is doing what's best for our country and her people. Country above party, Country above self. Anyone who wants anything else doesn't have this country's best interests at heart. We all love this country, otherwise we wouldn't be here.

The Founding Fathers and those that served in government shortly after them did it risked a lot personally to hold that position. Earlier on, they risked their lives to build this country up from the bottom. Later Presidents, Senators, and Congressmen served as a public servant. They didn't do it for fame, money, or for a career. It was a temporary position, dedicated only to serving the country and took valuable time away from their families. They risked and gave up everything so we could have what we have today.

Crowd sizes and approval ratings are trivial things. Only meant as a guide post, never meant to be watched constantly or to be brought into the main focus of everything. The best Presidents I've ever seen took them into consideration, yet never used them to point them in the right direction. The Presidency shouldn't be a popularity contest. Sometimes the greatest leaders need to do unpopular things. The best leaders will follow their own heart and listen to the advice of their advisors, not the polls. Clinton and Obama always watched the polls like a hawk and did things in order to increase their numbers, not necessarily what was best for the country.

Where we get into problems is when the President starts blocking information in the country. Our country was built on freedom, and that's evident in the 1st Amendment: Freedom of Speech. Truth... Lies... It doesn't matter. That is up to us to decide what's true, what's false, and what we want to believe. NOT the Government's job. When the President restricts releasing crowd size numbers, we should all raise an eyebrow and pay attention, because that isn't right regardless if he's Obama, Bush, Clinton, or Washington. This is not okay, even if you voted for Obama, Bush, Clinton, or Washington.

When in a speech, the President calls the people who disagree with him or his agenda, or even people just doing their job "...bad people. These are very, very bad and evil people. They know who they are", then we should be alarmed. Such words and actions lead down a very dark direction that we don't want our country to go in. No one should - regardless of who they voted for or what party they belong to. We are better than that. We aren't "us vs. them", we are united as one - The United States of America. Uniting people from different backgrounds from all over the world, uniting people from different regions across this great country, and uniting people from different faiths. These are the values we were founded on, and we need to be vigilant enough to protect them, ourselves, and our country.

As John Adams penned in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

"Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it."

Let's all thrive and work together to preserve our freedom for all of us, above everything else that divides us. Especially, lest people like John Adams regret risking everything in order that we should have it. Let's not let anyone take that away from us.

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