"..we have provided the world with ideas, contributions and realities that are in the consciousness of every human on the planet"
A couple of hundred years ago- less than an instant on the cosmic clock- America took her first tentative steps towards freedom. Since those tumultuous days, this nation and the freedoms she represents, have grown, prospered and has served as a source of inspiration for billion of people in their own search for freedom.
When we see veterans marching in a Memorial Day parade, or soldiers on their way to or from Iraq or Afghanistan, we are watching the men and women that are a living testimony to those who preceded them, that defended the principles and ideals of freedom. They who wear the uniform today, like those before them, fought for more than geography or even theses United States.
From the time of our inception as a nation, there have been forces determined to destroy what it is we stand for. There are entire political ideologies, that have been predicated on vilifying us and our belief that freedom serves all of mankind. There religious ideologies that, under the thumb of the oppression have become a tool of those who would sooner kill millions of others, if necessary, rather than see their people free.
Some people regard culture and society as an extension of Darwinian theory. Current versions and models are the 'latest and the greatest.' They see traditional religion, past cultures and societies as flawed and limited. The leaders and ideologues of these 'new and improved' cultures and societies co opt the past to support their own new ideologies, reinterpreting the past to fit, support and endorse their particular vision.
Americans- and American values- are different. Although we are raised with the conscious understanding that those that came before us were giants, and that we are obligated to defend and build upon those principles and ideals of our Founding Fathers, we understand that we are not better than them. Their legacy serves as our guiding light- we do not need to reinterpret freedom with each new regime or to serve successive generations. We are beholden to them for having elevated successive generations and for having instilled in us the morals and obligations that come with freedom. Indeed, when we think about our freedoms, we go back in time and participate in the meetings in that room in Philadelphia. We share in the arguments, passions and dedication to an ideal that will shape the future.
Americans talk about freedom so passionately because we are passionate about it. Freedom is the foundation of our beliefs. Because of freedom we free to choose the things we believe in, without fear of violence or repercussion. Freedom, real freedom, is the only ideology in the historu of mankind, that wants to make the world a better place, a place where each and every one of us can author our own destiny- and do so without without stripping others of their rights. In a free society, we are free to exercise free will. We can choose to believe in God or we can exercise that free will and choose not to believe in God. In a free society, God takes care of His affairs. In a society that isn't free, the tyranny du jour and their adherents and proponents take it upon themselves to handle God's affairs for Him.
The fight for freedom has not been easy. It never is. There are those that see the cost of freedom, in political, monetary or ideological terms and want us to abandon the citizens of nations that so desperately need liberation from tyranny. It is tempting indeed to walk away, in the myopic- and absurd- belief that we would be forever extricating ourselves from a problem. Iraq and Afghanistan are prime examples. Does anyone really believe the consequences of an Iraq or Afghanistan led by tyrants will not negatively impact their respective regions or other nations?
There is an undeniable truth. Tyranny does not support morality or rightiousness. We have said many tines that
When nations that are that are led by or are under the influence of tyrants or dictators, attempt to justify those actions, we can rightly assume that justification is false. Tyrants and dictators do not make moral choices, because moral choices can only lead to the demise of the tyranny.
Anyone that comes to the defense of tyrannical regimes and their leaders, have themselves made a conscious choice to defend and stand by what is immoral. They themselves consciously adopt an immoral posture.
There is a opposite, of course. Freedom supports righteousness and make the world a more civilized and moral place. Notwithstanding the reality that much of the world doesn't care about those ideals, that truth about freedom is unassailable. Those that resist and resent our involvement in helping to secure freedom for others, may at times, seem to prevail, but in the end, even that is illusory. Evolution, political and otherwise, has always meant that man was empowered and free to reach greater heights, unencumbered by the tyranny of other men asserting their dominion over his freedom, property, ideas or beliefs.
There are those that will go to great lengths to keep us from bringing freedom to others. They excoriate us, berate us, laugh at us and even support violence against us. They take great pleasure in our trials and tribulations. There are those who align themselves with evil so as to hurt us- and then rejoice in our pain. There are those that would support the propaganda and ideologies that would demoralize and weaken us. With all their might, deceit and hatred, they would relentlessly attack us- but in the end, it will all be for naught. Americans will defend freedom, from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
They may at times kill or harm the messenger, but they cannot kill the message. Freedom, in the end, will prevail.
There are really only two ways you can hurt someone. Take away their dignity or take away their hope. When a tyrannical regime oppresses a citizen, they take away dignity. When that oppressed citizen no longer believes that there are free and good people who care about him and others in his predicament, he is left without hope. To a victim of tyranny, hope takes the form of an average American, from an average place, that put on a uniform and fought to liberate oppressed people and then went home.
Of the almost 7 billion people on this planet, only 300 million are Americans. To put that in perspective, less than 5% of the population of this planet are Americans- and yet, the world is obsessed with our existence and what we represent. In the course of just over 200 years, we have provided the world with ideas, contributions and realities that are in the consciousness of every human being on the planet. Given our numbers and short history, we should not have had this profound influence on history and mankind- and yet, we have. The secret to our our successes and influence can be attributed to one powerful word: Freedom.
The notion that all men are created equal, is a biblical concept. It took America to make that a reality, in those ideas called freedom and democracy. "They will beat their swords into plowshares…nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore," can only come about as the result of freedom and democracy for all mankind. It is folly to believe that anything less will bring about peace. The one thing we have learned is that democracies don't wage war with each other. They do not take up arms to settle disputes. The same cannot be said of tyrannies, now or in the past.
We wrote, in Our Way, No Exceptions And Freedom Is Not Subject To Negotiations, that
To presume that we must somehow persuade populations that freedom is better than tyranny is absurd. It presumes that tyranny and freedom are of equal value and standing. In fact, we appear foolish- and weak- when are forced to plead our case. In reality, when we argue the case for freedom as equal to tyrannical regimes, we belittle freedom. A casual observer would ask why we would denigrate ourselves in such a manner…
Those under the boot of tyranny know full well that free societies are better than tyrannies. When Communism fell, the citizens that had been enslaved by tyranny voted- and wanted no part of the system that kept them in prison. The 'utopia' of leftism was discarded a the very first opportunity.
Citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan are no different than the citizens of former eastern bloc nations. They too, know what freedom means. The only difference is that the eastern bloc nations fell quickly, and they managed to rid themselves of their oppressors. Iraq and Afghanistan have replacement oppressors, waiting in the wings to seize power.
The people of Iraq do not want to return to tyrannical regimes any more than the people of Eastern Europe- and that is one truth the Left can't hide.