I Am America
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By Mike Beirens
As a nation, known as America, I'm not very old really. I was born July 4, 1776. I am a nation of great diversity, in people and in landscape. From the beautiful islands of the Pacific to the majestic majesty of the mountains and lands of Alaska. From the Pacific coast lands to the Rocky Mountains to the plains of the great Midwest, to the beauty of New England and the Atlantic coast, to the quiet beauty of the South and to the beauty and broad expanse of the great South West.
I am a free America, I am made up of people of all walks of life. They came to me from many countries of the world in search of freedom and equality. I was founded on an experiment in government. "Government of the people, by the people and for the people." The Constitution states that all men are created equal and endowed by God with certain inalienable rights, "One of which is freedom."
No government body or any law should be able to take from my land and my people this God given right of freedom.
John Quincy Adams said "Posterity you may never know how much it cost my Generation to preserve your freedom, I hope you make good use of it."
The Bill of Rights addresses laws and matters that effect, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." The Right of Free Speech; The Right to Bear Arms; The Freedom of the Press; Freedom of Conscience and Worship; The Right of Peaceful Assembly; The Right to Petition Government; The Right of Due Process of Law; and The Right to Gain and Hold Property. Further moral laws set the bounds by which all my people may live in my land. These laws are not there to restrict people, but to guide them, and to help them develop their God given attributes. I require all that live within my shores to obey the law.
If you the people of my land allow government to be your caretakers, you will move towards government being your master not your servant. Never in the history of America, have you my people been lulled into such a sense of false security. The cry from government is, "All is Well." This is not so! At this time in my history, no greater responsibility rests upon each and every citizen of this great republic, regardless of color, race or creed, than to awake from their sleep and if called, fight to protect the freedoms vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States of America.
We are the only nation under God that organized government on the basis of universal liberty. When God inspired the Founding Fathers to write the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, freedom meant all. It means much now and it must continue, to be a beacon of light and guidance, not only for ourselves, but for all nations of the world. It is the most important element in the conception of what America should be. The elements of freedom are instilled into the mind's and heart's of all humankind. Freedom is boundless and stretches throughout all human experiences; it courses through your veins. It cross all human barriers and knows no color, race or creed.
The principles of Liberty, Justice and Equality are what makes this nation great. If you the people of my nation do not march onward, and awake from your slumber, then the God given gift of freedom will be lost. Taking this God given gift for granted is the most dangerous moral peril and failing to maintain a sense of vigilance that is yours, is suicide. You must awake and be counted.
Many of my sons and daughters in the past fought for this freedom that has been passed down to you. You may have to fight again. Were the sacrifices of the Founding Father in establishing this great nation for naught? I hope not. Dr. martin Luther King Jr. spoke of this great gift of freedom.
"I have a Dream,"
"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day, when all God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestant and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."'
The many battles that have been fought over the years within the bounds of these shores, were fought to give you my people, freedom! Many have forgotten that this freedom was bought with the blood of past generations of my sons and daughters. They were not afraid to die for freedom! Why is it that you, my present generation, seem afraid to live for it.
The great words spoken by such great men as "Adams, King; Jefferson, Henry, Jackson and Lincoln are for naught, if you do not use the power that has been given to you at such great cost. What is this great power, that you hold within your hands? It is the greatest gift that freedom can bestow upon any people. This power, is the greatest of voices, and if used correctly will make politicians tremble. This power is the people's voice. It is the power of the vote! Remember that only you, the people of my nation have the power to move government onto the correct path. When you do this through the power of the vote, then, you will remind all, that you the people are the true master of the Government and of this great land. For you who do not vote, a word of warning. "Evil will triumph, when good people do nothing."
Thomas Jefferson said. " My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessing they are in possession of, and which no other people on the earth enjoy."
Patrick Henry said. "The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active and the brave."
Andrew Jackson said. "No free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism. I thank God that my life has been spent in this land of Liberty."
Abraham Lincoln said it best:
"We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert this great document."
"To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men."
If we are to survive as a nation, there must be a stirring and an awakening in my Land. You, the people, cannot and must not relapse into the negative condition of the undisturbed status quo. Freedom must continue as a beacon of light for the whole world. It must be a positive invigorating force that spurs humankind onto wider fields of endeavor.
May God grant to you, my people and to my future generations, strength of purpose and the wisdom not only to seek for freedom and justice. But to hold fast to these inalienable rights granted to every citizen of my great republic by God and the Founding Fathers.
Just to tell you a little about myself. I am original from England, my family and I came here 36 years ago. I love this country very much and I believe that we are going along on the wrong track. I believe that the Government is starting to think that they are the master and we are the servants. When really we are the masters and they are our servants. I just believe that we as Americans should wake up, we should learn and teach our children what a great land this is and that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are a living document. It is the greatest document that has ever been written by man. I believe that it should be taught in every school and the children should learn not only how great the Constitution is, but what our Founding Father sacrificed so that this nation could be born. Please feel free to offer any comments. Please include your e-mail so that I may answer them.
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