Land of Liberty
 
Land of Liberty
Written By David E. Smith   |   07.03.12
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This week we pay tribute to the birth of our nation where self-government and individual liberty thrive.  Thank God for the blessing of self-government and liberty, and that we have the opportunity to live in this time and a place that is America. With fireworks, parades and backyard cookouts, citizens will celebrate the stars and stripes and the values and freedoms that we have come to be known for around the world. 

America is still the greatest nation on earth and a country to be proud of, but like many other patriots, I am concerned about the downward slide on which we find ourselves. Our first freedoms of religion and speech are eroding before our eyes. The influence of “We the people” is being silenced by arrogant elected officials and unelected judges. Traditional Christian values are under constant attack, and too often the Church remains silent or on the sideline. 

The United States of America is 236 years old this week, marked by the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our Founding Fathers and patriots of all ages, genders, religions and races committed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to secure our independence from an oppressive crown. And we cannot forget that even today, we have patriots continuing to fight to protect our freedoms, both here at home and in war zones overseas. The brave men and women of the United States military risk their lives day in and day out not only for our freedoms, but for that of oppressed peoples around the world.   

Though we may have reasons to be upset with the government takeover of the healthcare industry, and the Left’s relentless attacks on natural marriage, the sanctity of life, and the marginalization of biblical morality, we cannot despair.  Instead, we should be motivated and inspired by the courage and dedication of our Founding Fathers as we work toward restoring our government to one “of the people by the people for the people.”

Happy Independence Day!

David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4). David has 30 years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes...
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