The Dignity of Freedom

Founding Fathers

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today, as we celebrate America’s adoption of The Declaration of Independence in 1776, it’s important to remember just how revolutionary this document was; both in laying out the ideals and principles this new government was to be built upon and in justifying the essentiality of breaking off from the oppression of British rule. Liberty was of course high on the minds of its authors, our Founding Fathers, who understood that for people to truly live well, the oppression of government must be tamed so the dignity and freedom of the human spirit can thrive.  So much more can and as been said about that of course; for a good summary, go here and here. So enjoy today’s festivities with your loved ones; the BBQ’s, the fireworks, the games, the fellowship.  Just don’t forget to share a toast (perhaps with a Sam Adams Boston Lager?) in celebration of the freedoms we enjoy today because of the foresight and extreme sacrifices from those that came before us. Cheers and Happy Independence Day!

“If you aren’t free to think your own thoughts and believe your own beliefs, fumed Madison, you aren’t free, period, since freedom is seamless.” –James Madison

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”- Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.-Patrick Henry

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”-Thomas Paine

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”-James Madison

“I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”-Thomas Jefferson

“The security of a free Constitution,” depends on “teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; . . . to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness,” and to unite “a speedy, but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect for the laws.” –George Washington

“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.”-James Madison

“If from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute”-Thomas Paine

“Be it remembered, however, that liberty must at all hazards be supported . . . cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people . . . And the preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks, is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country.”-John Adams

“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing”.-John Adams

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” –Benjamin Franklin

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”-Benjamin Franklin

“You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your government.”-Patrick Henry

Photo credit: Library of Congress, a painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by J. Trumbell

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19 Responses to The Dignity of Freedom

  1. Wally Fry says:

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”-Benjamin Franklin

    I like that! Reminds me of this great verse

    Matthew 10:16
    “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    An almost entirely secular post – well done.

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    • Tricia says:

      This isn’t exactly a religious blog Arch. it’s main focus is freedom and how oppression can come from many sources; our own fixed beliefs, a power hungry government, being a slave towards obtaining things you think will make you feel whole, etc…I do reference God of course at times, he is the inspiration behind everything and where ultimate freedom is found and with that I guess you could say nothing is really secular. My writing here though is mostly slice of life and political with a chance to connect to some deeper meanings if you wish.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Yes, I’m realizing that – I call it, “learning through lurking.”

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        • Tricia says:

          Ok that’s a funny phrase. So in all seriousness, why don’t you have your own blog? You seem to have a lot to say on just about everything…why not write your own posts?

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            I did for about four or five years, called “in His own image,” then the hosting company decided to discontinue offering the format I was paying for – they offered me WordPress instead, and I REALLY do not like WordPress. I still have all of my old files, if I can ever find another hosting company with a user-friendly format that I like.

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          • Tricia says:

            Yeah, I find WP really difficult to do any kind of formatting beyond basic stuff. Of course I could dig in to the programming side of it but that stuff kind of makes me nauseous…

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            My banner:

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  3. Quixie says:

    Love me some Sam Adams lager!

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  4. Jezori says:

    Society is always trying to reevaluate Freedom and order. Without this constant reevaluation a society becomes chaotic or tyrannical

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  5. Mike Hohmann says:

    Well stated, Tricia. I missed this post… I stepped out on the trail the morning of July 4th to hike the Presidential Range of the Appalachian Trail in NH… what a coincidence! Hope you has a good 4th!

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