Chris Brady, Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of LIFE Leadership made this statement during a conversation with Orrin Woodward: “In History, people give themselves freedom, or they’re not free.”
When America was just a young nation, a group of men came together to “…Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”(U.S. Constitution, pmbl.) They met behind closed doors for nearly four months. The result of this meeting was the Constitution of the United States of America.
This government, by the people, and for the people, was put into place with a large focus on Local Government. Townships all across the infant Nation handled political issues, within the guidelines of the Constitution, by coming together in what were called “Town Meetings.”
This allowed the people of the townships to actively take part in the political realm of young America. Having come from a bad political situation, each man took part in understanding and helping to shape the government of the United States of America.
By their involvement in politics, these men were able to determine what was in the best interests of the people of America. They were able to determine whether propositions were truly beneficial to the people or whether they were meant to benefit the politician.
Over a period of time, the people of the United States of America became disenfranchised with the political realm and began entrusting matters of politics to others. As fewer people became involved with their government, I’m sure you can imagine what happened. Politicians made decisions based on their own agendas, budgets were misused, and politics became a war of deception.
What could have prevented this gradual decline in the quality of Government where power was handed from the people to governmental officials? The answer is quite simple. Responsibility.
You see, we mourn the loss of freedom in America, yet we do little, if anything, to take power back into the hands of the people. We stand and declare that America has lost its freedom, and then the very individuals that cry for freedom do nothing.
Now, this article is not a notice of condemnation for anyone. This is not meant to beat anyone up. Rather, the purpose of this article is to identify a culprit, and then determine steps by which we may proceed to our target destination.
Let us look back at government in early America. What was it that we discussed that allowed the people of America to check our government? What allowed the people of America to influence their government rather than vice versa?
It was the sense of responsibility.
Early Americans knew that the Government is fallible and not to be trusted with very much power. Therefore, they saw it as their obligation to take part, to understand, and to shape government.
Is this important now? Recall the words of Jose Saramago when he said, “As citizens, we all have an obligation to intervene and become involved- it’s the citizens who change things.”
Let us examine two steps that we may take to grow in our involvement in politics and government in the United States of America. Notice, we call them steps. They are not the ultimate solution, but they will bring us to the solution.
We may take part in our government. First, by making ourselves aware of new Bills, Propositions, Laws, and Regulations, and then examining them thoroughly.
How will it influence freedom? How will it influence our posterity? Will it open doors for progress in the right direction?
You see, we cannot answer these questions unless we first know what is being proposed. We have no say in government unless we involve ourselves. Remember our quote from Chris Brady? “…people give themselves freedom, or they’re not free.” We can’t do this unless we are versed in politics.
Plato, an ancient Athenian philosopher, said that, “One of the penalties for refusing to take part in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
Disclaimer: Please be discerning in what you read when it comes to political writings.
This step relies heavily upon our involvement in step one. We may be the most informed, the wisest, or the most politically astute, but unless we use our God-given voice our knowledge is of no use.
Do we know how to contact our Congressman?
Say you were to read something in a new proposal that, for all of its lofty claims, is not right for Liberty in America. You have the right, the obligation even, to reach out to your Representative and make your voice heard. If true Patriots flood our Representatives with phone calls, letters, email, or other correspondence, then we may very well influence our representatives in decision making.
The other side is loud, why aren’t we?
In summation, let us lead the cry for freedom with the actions taken to secure it. America is NOT done. There is hope! We have the ability to reshape America. Let’s do it.
Question: Are you willing to take accept the responsibility of defending freedom?