Preserving liberty is a waste of time?

My wife and I enjoyed spending our anniversary together, in the only way we knew how. She cooked us breakfast, we opened presents from each other, and then we went to go see a movie together.

We watched a movie called ‘the vow’, it was a movie about a couple who had been married for about as long as Brooke and I have, and they got into a car wreck. Both were knocked unconscious and the lady suffered massive head trauma. She lost all of her memories of being with her husband. The movie was sad, interesting, and had a happy ending.

Once we got home, I washed the dishes as Brooke painted. She then began playing Mario on our Nintendo Wii, as I cooked us dinner for the evening. We sat down to steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus, as I popped a bottle of champagne. Afterwards we sat down and watched ‘life in a day’, an amazing movie about the lives of hundreds of people on July 24th 2012, put together and directed by Ridley Scott.

After the movie, I got on Brooke’s new laptop to type this article and check on emails, as she sat down and sketched out a drawing. While writing my blog, and while sketching her drawing, we had ‘what the bleep’ playing in the background.

‘What the bleep’ explains what quantum mechanics is, and shows how people get addicted to their emotions and end up doing the same things over and over again, without realizing that they are the ones causing the problems for themselves.

The day was snowy, and our day was long and calm. Watching the three movies, enjoying time and meals with my wife, and thinking deeply while watching ‘what the bleep’ and ‘life in a day’, really made me think to myself “what’s the point in all this political nonsense” and “what’s the point in getting so wound up about it, what’s the point in fighting all these silly battles”. I know that many of my family members and friends don’t understand why I own guns, and why I read philosophy and why I get so much into the political process. They all seem to take freedom for granted, and think that it will always be there.

What they don’t understand is that if we do not fight the battles to maintain freedom, we will very quickly lose it. There is injustice in the world, and there are evil men who wish to rule over others.

The majority of individuals wish to be left alone to go about their daily lives as they please, and I understand that completely. I wish I could do the same. But given my acquired knowledge, I cannot knowingly abandon my calling to defend freedom and preserve liberty.

‘Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty’ –  Thomas Jefferson

Although I do not agree with many of the things that John Lennon stood for, I do love a quote of his:

Happiness is the highest achievement in life. The pursuit of happiness is in the declaration of independence, because true happiness cannot be found under despotism and dictatorship. We are only truly happy when we feel free. Free to do what we please, to live the life that we want to live, to find happiness in the little things in life.

Where socialists go wrong is that government should not make all things equal. With a republic, with a Constitution and with a free market, we can pursue our own individual happiness.

My wife and I’s happy day together was only achievable through the freedom to pursue it.

And so it is not a waste of time to help preserve liberty, because freedom is contagious, and all humans want to be free.

Give me liberty or give me death!

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