As I sit here contemplating the birth of a savior and a man who so willingly gave his life so others could live – I’m saddened that a government meant to protect the people has so willingly acted against those who they represent. Ironically, it appears that this government wants to become its very own savior in what it believes will undoubtedly “protect” Americans with their health care monstrosity. I can honestly say that I’m disheartened by the fact that our very own government believes it can be the alpha and the omega, that it can take the place of faith and God, voting on a bill that could forever change the face of America, on the eve that we celebrate a birth that forever changed the lives of the human race. The government wants a rebirth of this country on the very same day that a real rebirth of spirituality, faith, and hope entered the hearts of so many.
As a young American I cry for the times when this country seemed to make sense and the government seemed to act as representatives, not oligarchs. What do we have to look forward to in the next few years? A real tyranny of the majority? A government run by corporations and special interests not the people? An even larger entitlement mentality when people under 30 already don’t know how to take care of themselves? An insurmountable debt that inevitably makes my peers, and those coming up behind me, serfs to the very country that is supposed to be free?
Where is my Christmas letter from the editor; where is that belief in freedom? And does it even exist anymore?
I am 28 years old. Some of my friends say there is no Freedom in the United States. My father says, ‘If you still feel it in your heart it is so.’ Please tell me the truth, is there still Freedom?
Lindsay, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be, that our government can never go back to its intention as a Republic. They think that an oligarchy exists, which means it is too late for America, something their little minds do not quite comprehend yet. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. You see, your friends do not understand that what makes this country great is the fact we all have a voice, and when loud enough can move mountains. There still is time, Lindsay, if we stand and fight for what is right and what the founders had fought so hard for over 230 years ago.
Yes, Lindsay, there is freedom, or at least it still exists if we fight for it. It exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no free country that fought and continues to fight on behalf of the basic principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It would be as dreary if there were no Americans who believed in the founding of this great country. There would be no faith in freedom, no capitalism, no freedom of speech to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment except in sense and sight. The external light with which liberty fills this world would be extinguished. There would no longer be that shining city on a hill.
To not believe in the American spirit and the basic idea of freedom!? You might as well not believe in sweetness and light! Even if you can’t see freedom what does that prove? Nobody can truly see what is in our hearts or faith for that matter, but just because something cannot be seen, whether in this brief moment in time, or ever, does not mean that it doesn’t exist. The most real things in the world are those that men cannot see. As was said in a simple, yet poignant book “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Freedom, truth, liberty, and happiness are all invisible to man’s eye, Lindsay, but they are what bind Americans of all ideologies, faiths, and walks of life. These are the essential principles of our individuality as Americans and are the most important beliefs in this world. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart a clock to see how time is kept, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only tyranny, apathy, entitlement, loss of faith, and socialism could tear that apart. The only way that this country could not be free is if good men do not stand up and allow for things to happen. If freedom is not put to good use for the purpose of voicing our opinions and beliefs to be loud and be heard – it is then, that freedom could be lost. Ah, Lindsay, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding than freedom.
No Freedom! Thank God! Freedom lives and freedom rings forever. Do not let the light of freedom dwindle. If Americans stay vigilant then a thousand years from now, Lindsay, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, freedom will continue to make glad the heart of men and be the beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
So, Lindsay, on this Christmas Eve please stand for what is right and embody what is meant by the home of the brave. Do this, so one day you can look at your children and tell them that because your faith in freedom and in this great country didn’t taper, they can be free today.
Merry Christmas To All!