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Faith & values

July 3, 2014

Titanic struggle with new kind of tyranny

On this day, we celebrate the 238th birthday of our nation’s independence. We are far removed from those courageous men who formed George Washington’s rag tag army. They were not trained soldiers, but rather farmers, craftsmen and everyday citizens who in the name of liberty rose up in defiance of tyranny by another country. The history of their revolution seems almost legendary, but it is not. It is truth. There really was a Valley Forge and barefoot heroes in the snow. The only alternative to freedom was death. Patrick Henry got it right, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Today, we are in a titanic struggle with the forces of a new kind of tyranny; the tyranny that creeps upon us like some strange disease. We are like the proverbial frog placed in a kettle of cold water where we remain when it begins to heat up. The frog is so comfortable he makes no effort to escape until, at last, he is boiled to death.

Should we take up arms like our forefathers? Little by little the temperature is rising. Do we notice? We have been misled by so many in high places. We cannot find anyone who will admit to turning up the heat. Tyranny is tyranny whether by an outside force or one from within our borders.

I still believe in America and feel deep emotions when our flag passes by. I long for honesty and sound judgment from those who preside over us. Those men who fought for our freedom were not dependent on the government, but rather raised their muskets to maintain independence from government.

May God grant us Fourth of July celebrations for many generations yet to come.


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