Would You Vote If Your Liberty Depended On It?





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There is no such thing as an American disinterested in liberty.  America is all about liberty. No other word is more closely associated with the idea of America as the word ‘liberty.’

The Liberty Bell is engraved with a passage taken from Leviticus 25:10:  “ . . . proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”

Every U.S. coin bears the word “liberty”, along with the words “In God We Trust,” and “E. Pluribus Unum.”   The word “liberty” is found in The Pledge: “ . . . with liberty and justice, for all.”  It is foremost in our founding documents.

The Declaration of Independence boldly states:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Preamble to the Constitution reads as follows:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Declaration states liberty is unalienable, a God-given right.  Flowing out of the Declaration, the Constitution was established to “secure the Blessings of Liberty.”  That same Constitution prescribes terms for representative government, voting rights, citizenship duties, the rule of law, and the consent of the governed.

The U.S. government is “of, by and for the people,” according to Abraham Lincoln, echoing original principles.  If the people do not control the government, the government will control the people.

Citizenship duty in America is a privilege and an honor and a duty because preserving liberty is our aim.   Reading up on the issues and candidates of the day is a duty.  Voting every election is a duty, a sacred duty.   As believers, we have a duty to be salt and light in all aspects of our lives.  We have a duty to speak the truth in love.  We have a duty to contend for righteousness in the public square, and we have a duty to protect and defend the sacred rights of others, especially the weak and the dispossessed. We have a duty to protect and defend everyone’s liberty, including those who seek our political destruction.

Unless citizens hold politicians accountable by voting, liberty is lost.  Politicians given free reign tend to ignore the consent of the governed, trending toward tyranny.   A true American citizen is interested in preserving liberty and understands that citizen participation is absolutely essential to its preservation.

There are 58 million evangelicals in our country eligible to vote.  In the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, only 33 million actually voted.  In 2012, it was worse.  Only 30 million voted:  28 million stayed at home.

We have the power of the vote, and we have the right to use that power to preserve liberty “for ourselves and for our posterity.”   Asking people to vote does not seem like much to ask, especially when you consider that more than 2 million people made the ultimate sacrifice to give us that right. Register and vote to honor their sacrifice.  Register and vote to protect liberty. Register and vote to secure the blessings of liberty for our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.   Register and vote because it’s your sacred duty.

When Benjamin Franklin appeared in public at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, it is said a woman asked him, “What have you given us, a republic or a monarchy?”

Mr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

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Comments

  1. Vote fraud is down to an electronic science !!!! NOW WHAT????

  2. WE MUST GET CONSERVATIVES OUT TO VOTE IN 2014 AND 2016. WE ARE THE MAJORITY FOLKS AND IT'S UP TO US IF OUR COUNTRY IS LOST TO PROGRESSIVES. THE TIME IS NOW!

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      I'm with you there Thomas. Conservative ,republicans and Independents must get out to vote to take the senate back to stop Obungle.

  3. Seeks_the_truth says:

    What freedom? What liberty? Are you under the impression we have freedom in this country? Interesting you should believe that.

    ~The First Amendment is gone. We lost the freedom of religion a long time ago. We have recently lost the right to free speech with the signing of H.R. 347.
    ~The Second Amendment has been infringed upon a long time ago. We lost the right to bear arms as laid out in the Constitution with the passing of The Federal Firearms Act of 1938.
    ~We have seen the destruction of the Third and Fourth Amendment with warrantless searches, arrests with drones or the militarized law enforcement taking over ones home. The Boston bombing is one good example of this.
    ~The Fifth Amendment took quite a beating in the Zimmerman trial. Not by evidence but for the threat of violence of the mob was George Zimmerman arrested and charged. The attempt to imprison him still goes on to this day all for defending his life.
    ~We saw the Sixth Amendment destroyed with the drone killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16 year old son. This isn't about whether he deserved to die, was a terrorist or not. What it IS about is two American citizens were murdered WITHOUT the trial afforded him by the Sixth Amendment. There have been more.
    ~We've seen many examples of Seventh and Eighth Amendment ignored.
    ~The Ninth Amendment is right now taking a beating in the courts associated with the monstrosity obamacare.
    ~The Tenth Amendment was usurped by SCOTUS. This assumption of power took place first in 1794 when the Supreme Court declared an act of congress to be unconstitutional, but went largely unnoticed until the landmark case of Marbury v Madison in 1803.
    This is of the first 10 Amendments of the Bill of Rights.

    So again I ask, what freedom? What liberty and rights do we really have? Complacency and fear allowed them to be taken from us.
    The question really should be: Do you want freedom?

    "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin 'Reply to the Governor (11 Nov. 1755)'

  4. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    Give it to me, or give me death!

  5. Would you vote :1. if you knew the voting machines were rigged? if you finally figured out the Dem/Rep are one and the $ame? if you knew once elected they are co-opted into the Good 'ol Boy $y$tem?
    I would vote if they fired all in the Congre$$ [BOTH $IDES. arrested the this so called president including ALL of the $taff! and replaced these corrupt judge$
    Ended the 2 party $y$tem!! All votes were using either a hole punch and someone of voting age from each neighborhood in each precinct had to be at voting center to watch and protect the vote counters and protect the ballot ! If lobbying were illegal and any attempt to lobby was immediately imprisoned for minimum of 10 years including a fine minimum of $10,000,000.for 1st offense and immediately doubled for 2nd offense and life imprisonment for 3rd offense! If it was illegal for thugs [of any color!] with baseball bats or any other weapon were made to be at baseball fields or parks only on vote days! That that only legal citizens with a current legal U.S.A. identification were allowed to vote and ay illegal immigrant attempting to vote be deported and their families here were responsible for the CO$T for each offense!!
    WHAT A CONCEPT EHH[?]! The answer is YES you bet I would… I do vote but you asked a question that created a beautiful dream…I was Made America 63 years ago tomorrow, 02/20/2014 and have a Real Birth Certificate to prove it and this DREAM I have is for my daughter and all Legal citizens son's and daughters as they did not ask to come into this world this is just a few things I owe her…AND YOUR CHILDREN TOO!!
    I am Mexican and I ask ALL illegal alien Mexicans to go back to Mexico and fix your country and let us fix our country please…

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