Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Freedom

...is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.
-Abraham Lincoln

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to emplore His protection and favor.
George Washington


Let the American youth never forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.

Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

12 comments:

Hannah said...

I love the picture, Bethany! It must be nice to live so close to DC.

Anonymous said...

Nice Picture Bethany!

Christine said...

Amazing photo Bethany!!

Anonymous said...

AMEN!!! Youth definitely need to remember that freedom isn't free!
Being a youth under the voting age, I was wondering if you have any suggestions of ways we can help preserve our liberty? Prayer is definitely the most powerful, but do you have other ideas for just normal youth citizens?

Thanks,
~Sarah H.

Charity U said...

Wow. That's powerful.

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Amen! Love the picture. :)
Blessings,
Kelsey

Spencer J. R. said...

Amen!!

Erin said...

Love the picture Bethany!

Anonymous said...

>>I was wondering if you have any suggestions of ways we can help preserve our liberty?

I do. I not only served in the Army in the 60's, which meant I had to take the oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and thought a lot about it. But, also taught Citizenship in the Nation to Boy Scouts, which means I was explaining it to them. Later, I also took some Political Science Courses, but beware of smart-aleck professors who try to brainwash you.

My suggestion is first study by whatever means are available to you what freedoms the Constitution actually gave to you, so when someone, anyone, attempts to subvert your rights, you will know it is happening.

Find out what freedom of speech really means. Find out what the Constitution really says about freedom to bear arms, and find out why the Second Amendment was put in the Constitution.

Find out about jury nullification and why the jury system was implemented, and what it has to do with freedom.

Find out what rights the Federal government has to control our lives.

After you have an idea what rights you are supposed to have, learn how to write letters to your local; state; and Federal elected officials.

Then, decide how many letters you are going to write and write that many letters.

If you decide to write only one letter a year, then write one letter a year, every year.

If you decide to write one letter a month, then write a letter every month.

Do not write a lot of letters now and then stop.

Then, when you are old enough to vote, I assume you will know what a caucus is, and go to your closest one, and go as far as you can. If you speak well, volunteer for county leadership, or volunteer for higher conventions.

When my daughter turned 18, she went to the local caucus of our party. She is personable, and was selected for the County Committee. She kept that position until she got a teaching job in another state. We used to get calls for her from our U.S. Senator, and the governor.

The governor knew who I was. I was (my daughter's dad). Seriously. Note we were not important people; I was a factory technician.

You can do it, but first learn the basics.

If you have nothing else, get a copy of the merit badge book for Boy Scouts Citizenship in the nation. It's only a start, but it is a start.

Actually, just reading the Constitution lets you know how the Federal Government is organized.

Anonymous age 68

Anonymous said...

I forgot a really important thing to put on your list to study. Find out what Thomas Jefferson and others really said about the separation of church and state and under what circumstances they said it.

Anonymous age 68

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the suggestions! They are very helpful! I did study the constitution a few years ago, but should probably look at it again.
My mom also had me do a course about the separation of church and state. It is very insightful to see what was meant, and how people misuse it today! Thank you for the encouragement and yes, I definitely will vote when I'm old enough!

~Sarah H.

Anonymous said...

Good quotes and picture! It's great to be often reminded of our blessings and responsibilities! :D

~ An Indiana Aquaintance:)