To Me, the Essence of Liberty and Freedom

I will never forget having first read the words of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher in my ninth year out of the World Book Encyclopedia just west of Tyler, Texas during the year 1960. They struck a chord in me. “Liberty is the soul’s right to breathe.” During my fifth year as a curious and inquisitive youngster, after I had been taught to read by my dear mother, three of the first things I had endeavored to read with enthusiasm were the Holy Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. I had discovered that these three documents were inseparably tied together by the application of two very powerful words, liberty and freedom. My mother had continually emphasized that I, unlike many millions of subjugated people in the world, had been born free and endowed with liberty under law. And so it was that I learned that a free people must constantly cherish the God-given life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness ordained by the Creator of nature. I, therefore, learned at an early age to give thanks to the God of nature every day before I rolled out of bed in the mornings and laid myself down to sleep in the evenings, for the liberty that I had to do what would bring goodness and happiness into my life. More than anything else, I thanked God for the liberty that I had to choose the good over evil, in order to perpetuate the freedom that I, and millions of other Americans, had from constraint and dictatorship.

When I had first read what Beecher had penned over a hundred years earlier, my mind was fashioned on the way I had felt in the woods southwest of Chandler, Texas when I had gone off along with my squirrel rifle to hunt rabbit and squirrel for dinner meat. The hills and valleys of acres of unfenced woodland had made me feel very special to be in free land where no person or government could enslave and subjugate me to do and say according to the whims of a dictator. My soul was graciously endowed by my creator with the substance of the alienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Having never forgotten the breathe of freedom and liberty that my soul experienced on the day and on many days after that when I had relished feeling it again and again, I had so wanted others, my friends and my family, to feel the sale elation that filled my soul.

Nonetheless, there are so many native Americans who have never experienced the feeling of being free, to work a job, any job, with the zeal of being able to freely earn a wage for doing something well or making a product that is worth the wage being paid for doing it. I fondly recall my father, an independent East Texas welder, telling me when I was five years old to move a pile of pig iron from one place to another in his shop yard, and, on doing it to his specifications, receiving a shiny quarter from his hand to mine. That was when I learned about the free market economy and the value of work well done. With that quarter I could have purchased five large candy bars, or put it into my pocket to save. That same day, I told my father that I would work for him any time he needed me, and each that I did a job for him, he paid me accordingly.

The freedom that I had to choose to work, first to support myself and later my own family, greatly appealed to me, and the intense desire that I had to use that freedom and liberty to do well in school, in athletics, and in extra-curricular activities such as the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, into which I was allowed to freely immerse myself when I was thirteen years old, followed me into adulthood, my time in the military, and later. The only people who don’t know the joy of being free to choose their own way are those born into a condition of statist dominion and weaned on the teat of state control over them, as most Americans 50 and under have experienced for the last 70 years. Yet, even after 1960, I had to carefully tread the waters of government intrusion into my life after JFK proclaimed to infamous words that seemed to cordially usher into being the duty of every American to heartily promote the space race, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

The spirit and specter of statist Hegelian Marxism was encapsulated by Kennedy’s rhetoric. Instead of stating what James Madison had humbly stated in 1787, that the duty of representative constitutional government is to serve the People, and not the other way around, Kennedy stated that the duty of every American is to serve the government with body and mind. The pledge of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program that I chose to support at 13 years of age embodied fervent statist principles. I can still can recite it, word for word. It went, “I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and to attend meetings regularly, participate regularly in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and to advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation.” The main thing I learned from the CAP was to take orders, and to never question the orders that I would receive, the basis for a successful career in the U.S. military. In 1971, I enlisted in the USMC and achieved PFC out of boot camp, at San Diego MCRD, and, later, promotion to sergeant E-5 in less than three years time.

Soviet socialism, Marxism, and the Marxian communist dialectic were supported by mindless configurations of senseless apologetics, which made no sense whatsoever when spoken. Soviet citizens were taught, from 1918 until the fall of the Soviet Empire, in the same manner that German children were taught Hitler’s occult madness and mindless Nazi doctrine in the Nazi public schools from 1934 until 1945 to create the delusion of Nazi master race propaganda. Nazism and Marxism are basically the same in application, as both are totalitarian and despotic in their control over the minds of the governed. Of course, a militant revolution usually precedes the imposition of totalitarian on a nation-state, such as Russia. Nonetheless, despotism can be voted into existence as the ruling system, such as it was in Germany. You see, Hitler legally took control of Germany through the uninformed vote of the German people, through the lies and misrepresentative propaganda of the Nazi forces that were at work to oppose freedom and liberty. In other words, an uninformed and deluded electorate can vote itself into the tyrannical chains of virulent dictatorship.

Freedom and liberty, to me, are the joy of deriving success from one’s labors and pursuits. There are hardly any American children today who can work doing menial jobs given them by their parents, feel the sweat form on their brows in the performance of the jobs, experience the accomplishment and purpose of the jobs, and then receive payment from their parents for completing the jobs in the form of money fully worth its value. When I had done a job for my father to his satisfaction and received a quarter for doing it, I could use that quarter for whatever purpose I would choose; to save it, buy five candy bars, or three comic books. Most American children today in the 21st Century are allowed to demand worthless money from their parents, allowances, for simply being lazy children. Most children are not required to perform any work for the money they receive. The statist federal and state governments have, over the past 70 years, ingrained into the minds of the governed that people don’t need to work for what they receive from the teat government. They are taught to suck the teat of government doles vigorously and mindlessly.

Dr. Fred Schwartz first wrote in 1960, and then again in 1961, a best-selling book entitled, “You can Trust the Communists (to be Communists).” Over a million copies of the book have been sold since its second printing. In the book, Dr. Schwartz states,… The title of the book is not as startling as it may seem… because, in one sense the Communists (Marxists) can be trusted. They have stated their intentions, their beliefs, and even their methods in plain, unmistakable words in every language the world over. And they can be trusted to follow these intentions unceasingly.” Are the Marxists today, in the 21st Century, any different in their pragmatic goals and objectives than the Marxists of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s era during the 1950s? Joseph McCarthy might have been a bit antagonistic in his efforts to expose American Marxists during the 1950s, but he was much more correct than not in his Senate investigations. That period of time was the beginning of a movement of sympathy for popular Marxists who were committing espionage, who heralded the post-Khrushchev, “We’ll bury you” and Cuban missile era with the “oh, they didn’t mean that at all” crusade.

The Communist Manifesto is as plain today in its denial and refutation of the freedoms and liberties proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence as it was when it was first written by Karl Marx during the 19th Century. It’s economic rhetoric proclaimed in Marx and Engle’s “Das Kapital” is also today as unintelligible, delusionary, nonsensical as it was when it was embraced by the Russian Bolsheviks in 1917 Russian Revolution.

As a human hand or foot becomes numb and unfeeling over time through continual disuse, the collective consciousness and feeling of a republic can, over time, become numb to what was once the excitement and fervor of freedom and liberty. Why? Freedom and liberty must be perpetuated and kept alive and thriving as an endearing public sentiment, as a tree or flower must be continually nourished with water and fertilized. Free Americans need to awaken every morning to thank nature’s God for the liberties that were enshrined by constraint in the holy law of the Ten Commandments and preserved through secular Constitutional law in the Bill of Rights. They, every American, should pray daily that the blessings of liberty will be secured and perpetuated to themselves and to their posterity, as proclaimed in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.