Security trumped freedom

April 1, 2014 | 3:11 am

We went over the financial cliff months ago. Economic indicators will suffice. It seems we learned nothing from the cliff hangers in Europe. However, we have learned something about ourselves.

In the recent presidential election, security trumped freedom. Voters said they wanted government to take both money and freedom from others in order to provide more security for themselves. Republican Abe Lincoln said, “If you cut your own wood, it will warm you twice.” Democrat John Kennedy said, “Say not what your country can do for you.” How far have we strayed? Have we invited tyranny and dependency to thrive in our land?

Some say nothing is for free, including freedom itself. History confirms that freedom must be fought for. A freedom fight is now in progress in the U.S. Congress. Some months ago, Congress passed a law providing for across-the-board government spending cuts beginning on Jan. 1. As that date nears, some cowering members of Congress are trying to back out of their agreement. The House of Representatives will decide the issue. Will they place their own security first and cave in to socialists’ demands? Will history record them as patriots who saved the country?

Liberty has given us a quality of life unmatched on planet earth. Will we throw it away? Will we make necessary sacrifices to save it?

Bob Grove

Marion

 

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