This will be the last post of the year. I wanted to do something a little different than cover gun news. We have enjoyed many freedoms in this country which others have not. The main examples are enshrined in the first two amendments to the constitution, that being freedom of speech and to keep and bear arms. As most of you know, these two amendments have come under tremendous assault recently.
I saw what happened 240 years ago this month in history. I wanted to write about it as a reminder that freedom isn’t always free. Freedom has a price and I wonder how many people today would be willing to pay that price. When I saw a poll that stated that a record 57% of Americans want MORE government in their lives, and that the government needs to be doing more to solve people’s problems, I was saddened. In fact, those that responded that there was too much government and that government is too intrusive, that the nation fairs better when things are left to private businesses and individuals, fell to a near record-low 39%. I fear that there are very few Americans that are willing to pay the price for freedom.
What price am I talking about? What happened 240 years ago? On December 19th, 1777 George Washington took what was left of his tattered army to Valley Forge for the winter. They had lost Philadelphia to the British and congress was thinking about removing Washington as the leader of the Continental army. His troops lacked winter clothing and nutritious food. In fact, on Christmas Eve they dined on rice and vinegar. The troops also had to bind their frost bitten and bleeding feet in rags. In a letter that Washington had written to Patrick Henry he stated that, “We have experienced little less than a famine in camp.”
The troops that remained with Washington he described as marching without clothes, blankets or shoes – leaving bloody trails in the snow – who displayed “patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.”
That is the price I’m talking about. How many of us could dine on only rice and vinegar, march barefooted with bleeding feet through the snow, go without being paid, all for freedom? I fear the number is too few. T.S. Elliot is quoted saying, “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.” I believe the same can be said for freedom.
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