Is Freedom Nearing Extinction?

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Hannah McDermott | Patriots Freedom

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. 
Ronald Reagan

I’ve been thinking about my relatives who lived during WWI. I wonder if they thought that freedom was nearing extinction in their lifetime. 

And I think about those brave people who stood up to Hitler’s regime. Surely they were convinced that freedom was coming to its fateful end, with such a man in power. 

Many times over, we’ve watched people lose their personal and religious freedoms. 

  • We saw it in North Korea.
  • We saw it in Vietnam. 
  • We saw it in China. 
  • We saw it in the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).  
  • We witnessed it in the Desert Storm years. 
  • We’re seeing it in the massacre of Christians across the globe, even now. 

For many, freedom seems like an elusive dream, something they will never achieve in their lifetime. The governing powers in their respective countries are repressive, dictatorial, and have been set in place to squash individual liberties and freedoms. 

In comparison, Americans have been so very blessed. We’ve experienced freedoms that, in light of what others have been through, seem too good to be true. Until recently we weren’t told what to believe, what to say, or where to go. We had unlimited access to freedom of speech, religion, business ownership, and a host of other liberties to go along with those. 

Perhaps it’s because we’ve experienced freedoms in such abundance that we miss them so keenly now that they appear to be slipping through our fingers. 

They say you can’t mourn what you never had. . .but we had it. We had mom, the flag, and apple pie. We had nativity scenes on courthouse steps and flags waving in the breeze. We had the National Anthem at ball games and placed our hands on our hearts as we recited the Pledge of Allegiance. We had the right to stand in the courthouse square and state our opinions about any number of things.  

We truly had it all. 

These days, our freedoms are being eroded, stripped from us before our very eyes. 2020 came in like a thief in the night and began to rob us blind. We were sleeping and missed his stealth-like entrance. By the time we awoke, his dirty work was nearly done and we were left in a groggy, confused state, picking up the pieces. 

But it’s not too late. 
In spite of the current administration. 
In spite of 2020. 
In spite of 2021. 
In spite of everything. . .

It’s not too late. 

Ronald Reagan believed that freedom was never more than one generation away from extinction and I refuse to let it die on my watch. I will fight for it. I will protect it, and I will—God help me—one day pass it to my children so that they can fight for it, too. 

I will fight in the voting booth. 
I will fight on my knees. 
I will fight as I fly my flag. 
I will fight by not keeping silent on social media. 
I will fight by supporting conservatives running for office on the local level. 
I will fight by supporting conservatives running for office on the state level. 
I will fight by supporting conservatives running for office on the national level. 
I will fight for you. 

And I know you will fight for me. 

Because that’s what freedom fighters do. 

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