The Ultimate Guide to Personal Freedom

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Hannah McDermott | Patriots Freedom

America is known as “the land of the free” for a reason. Our forefathers fought for our freedoms and we don’t take them for granted. Still, over the past few weeks Patriots have asked themselves, “What are we going to do about our freedoms if Biden enters the Oval Office?” We’ve had four years of seeing what The Left is capable of. What will happen if they’re left to their own devices? 

Now, of course, Biden has slipped into the role of president, the Congress has been taken by the Left, and the Supreme Court has shown signs that they’re not willing to vote in predictable ways. Those of us on The Right are noticeably concerned as we attempt to figure out how we go forward from here. We’re worried about our rights, our privacy, our businesses, our homes, and (of course) our health. 

With that in mind, I thought it might be a good time to go back to the basics, to discuss our freedoms—where they come from, and how to hold on to them. 

Let’s start with a review of the Bill of Rights. 

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution were adopted as a single unit in 1791. They constitute a collection of guarantees of individual right (and limitations of both federal and state governments). I believe it’s critical that we know what these rights are, so that we don’t allow anyone to strip them away. Today, I want to focus on four of those rights, which we find in the First, Second, Fourth, and Tenth Amendments. 

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government.”

Some have argued that the First Amendment was put into place so that the government wouldn’t become a church-state. I’ve always believed that our forefathers wanted us to have the freedom to worship as we choose without persecution. 

These days, it’s getting harder and harder. The Christian church, in particular, has come under tremendous persecution since Obama took office. Because the Bible message often flies in the face of the current political narrative, Bible-followers are seen as outdated, bigoted, and so on. Christians are called homophobes, anti-woman (because we don’t approve of abortion-on-demand) and basically mean-spirited because we’re not easily won over to progressive notions. 

Remember, you have the freedom to believe as you wish. No one can tell you that you don’t have the right to believe as you wish. No one can tell you that you can’t share your voice on social media. No one can tell you that your church has to bend to the will of The Left. They might try to do all of these things, but you have First Amendment rights that cannot (and should not) be taken away. 

If The Left attempts to silence your voice as a Bible-believing Christian, you have to fight back. You can’t allow them to steal the rights that your forefathers fought so hard to defend. 

 The Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Many on The Left would argue that there is no need for Second Amendment rights in the 21st century, that no one needs to own (or use) a gun. Our forefathers lived in a different era, where guns were more prominent and necessary to their daily living, but that doesn’t stop the fact that the Second Amendment is a part of the Bill of Rights. The reason this particular Amendment is still so critical right now is because we never know when we might have no choice but to defend ourselves. If we’ve been stripped of that ability, then we are completely vulnerable.  

The Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.

You might read this and think, “Well, this one doesn’t apply to me.” I would argue the opposite. From the moment you sign on to the Internet, they are searching you. They’re following your activities, your purchases, your conversations, and even your finances. You’re being tracked on your phone, your TV, and your laptop. There’s a digital footprint that total strangers can see. . .but you can’t. 

Our forefathers could not have seen that the citizens of this country would one day be violated in such a way. They instituted the Fourth Amendment to protect us in case we were accused of a crime. But, here’s the sad truth: Conservatives are being accused of the crime of not going along with the narrative from The Left. And because we’ve already been tried and found guilty, the government (and Big Tech) feel it’s within their rights to do “unreasonable searches” of our personal data online. We have to put a stop to this immediately. We can’t allow total strangers to watch us this closely or to censor what we say and/or do. This is a hill we must die on, conservatives!

The Tenth Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

This amendment is supposed to protect us from government overreach. The moment they begin to mandate how we live, what we say, where we go, and how we care for ourselves, they’ve taken steps too far. Clearly, the past year has shown us that The Left has no regard for the Tenth Amendment. They would seek to control us in every way people could possibly be controlled, and we must take a stand. If we give up our Tenth Amendment rights we will never, ever give them back. 

These Amendments to the Constitution were penned for our protection. Today, make a point to commit them to memory. Never forget that they were written with you in mind. 

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