Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

Stewardship is defined as “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving”! Liberty is: “freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control; freedom from external or foreign rule; and freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc., power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.” The Declaration of Independence documents our God-given right to Liberty. Therefore, it is apparent that We The People must provide the “responsible overseeing and protection.” Government in and of itself cannot provide the stewardship to achieve and maintain liberty. The People must stand fast in the rule of law and turn from our foolish practices of experimenting with the careless whims of men.

One might argue that since the people established our Republic, we delegated control of our liberty to the government with the US Constitution. Liberty, however, comes from God and is the opposite of control. Since government is a process of ruling and controlling, liberty can never be delegated to an entity that is, by its very nature, an enemy of liberty. When the
People established the federal government, it was clearly intended to be limited in nature. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution spells out the specific enumerated powers of government. Amendment X of the Bill of Rights also limits government and protects liberty. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution…. are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Liberty is fragile! The statement that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson and others, but the statement’s truth is unquestioned. Samuel Adams said, “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.” Many would argue if liberty should cease to exist, then America itself would crumble. Is that what we are facing today as a nation?

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True liberty requires great personal sacrifice. It is truth that has existed since the beginning of time. Those who live or have lived in liberty are a very small percentage of mankind in all of history. The blood shed for liberty by Americans, beginning with the American Revolution, the civil war, the World Wars and many other conflicts, is only part of the total cost of liberty. Men and women fought and died, laying down their lives for friends and fellow countrymen. Will Americans ignore their responsibility and duty to oversee and protect something so precious? Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” It is not unreasonable to cry out to every American, “Rise up! The future of liberty is in your hands. Restore liberty to its rightful place as our precious gift from God.”

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