Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Freedom is Won, Not Given

Working up here at the Man Camp at Yellowstone Lake, in Yellowstone National Park, I turn on the Pandora Radio Station and listen to music in the kitchen while I cook.

Just before the men arrive for meal time, I switch from the Bob Marley or Shakira  Station to Simon and Garfunkle or Bob Seger Station. I call them my Man Camp Music. You type in an artist and Pandora adds music that is similar.

Twice now I've heard Blowing In the Wind, by Bob Dylan and twice the same thought comes to me. I finally had to write about it.  Check out the third and fourth lines......

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?


Allowed to be free. That thought just sorta irritated me. When people are ready, they demand freedom. No one gives it to them. We could list many historical events proving this, from the story of Isreal escaping Egyptian enslavement, to modern  Iraq.

The Arab Spring is a prime example that freedom comes when the people demand it, armed revolution is the common path, not legislative votes and executive decrees.

China underwent the Communist Revoltion, fighting off a corrupt monachy.

Our founding fathers knew wed need the right to bear arms to keep this freedom. Follow this link to read more about our constitutional right to bear arms. In fact, the whole concept of a Militia is noted in the Bill of Rights:

As passed by the Congress:
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.
As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
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.[8]

We fought the Revolutionary War and the Civil War in the name of freedom. Politics didn't do it, discussion didn't do it. It took blood.

Enslavement and freedom have existed throughout history. Type Declaration of Independence into the Wikipedia search engine and you can research all the places and times a people have risen up to declare themselves free. Armed struggled usually followed.

History proves that people must fight for their freedom. It is not a gift.  No one will allow you to be free. You have to want it, demand it, take it.

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