Our American Story Is FREEDOM

Our American Story Is FREEDOM

Our American Story Is FREEDOM

Our American story is that of Freedom. 

“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

Why did our Founders and my ancestors embrace those amazing words and take up the fight against the British? Because they realized that without Freedom, we wouldn’t have the Bill of Rights, instead we’d have no freedom other than what the government would deign to grant us. They understood that when our Founders signed the Declaration of Independence, and my ancestors understood that when they left their small farms on the east coast to join the American Revolution. 

Against overwhelming odds, they prevailed. Then our Founders came together, all with differing views, all with their own ideas of how a new government should be. I’ve no doubt the discussions were rancorous at times, and I’d bet that there were several instances when papers were thrown down in disgust and people walked out of the room. But they prevailed because they ALL were intent on crafting a document that would give us a government FOR the people and run BY the people. 

Today, however, we are being told our American story isn’t unique and should be destroyed. The divisive rhetoric, the censorship, and the very real worries about what the incoming Biden Administration is planning for our country is leading to ever growing concerns among all of us who love this Republic dearly. 

Which is why I believe it is vitally important for us to arm ourselves with the words of wisdom from our Declaration, Constitution, Federalist Papers, and great Americans for the days to follow. 

Thomas Jefferson

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”

Abraham Lincoln

“All honor to Jefferson-to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.”

Frederick Douglass

“I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the RINGBOLT to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in. all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.”

Ronald Reagan

“`Hello, American sailor. Hello, freedom man.”
A small moment with a big meaning, a moment the sailor, who wrote it in a letter, couldn’t get out of his mind. And, when I saw it, neither could I. Because that’s what it was to be an American in the 1980’s. We stood, again, for freedom. I know we always have, but in the past few years the world again — and in a way, we ourselves — rediscovered it.”

Words of wisdom we need now, more than ever. Freedom and everything it entails should be the hallmark and lodestar of how WE govern. Our elected officials are answerable to the citizens of this Republic, that is the brilliance of our Constitutional design.

Our knowledge of our American greatness is equally important. Some months ago, President Trump started the 1776 Project as a way of countering the 1619 project that was solely designed to decimate our history in favor of racial political correctness.

On Monday, the first 1776 report was published. I urge ALL our readers to read every word, especially now. 

We Americans are resilient. Our American story is filled with biographies of resilience, daring, intellect, and courage. Carl Brashear, Dorie Miller, our Founding Fathers, Patrick Henry, Frederick Douglas, George Washington Carver, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Thomas Paine, Booker T. Washington, Clara Barton, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Susan B. Anthony, Clarence Henderson, Chuck Yeager, and so many more. Our resiliency is within ourselves, our families, and our communities.

In 2020, we saw that resiliency put to the test, and Americans stepped up in ways large and small. Our distilleries rebooted and made hand sanitizer, vaccines were made at Operation Warp Speed, and Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy is giving local restaurants grants to keep afloat. Families and individuals have provided food, clothing, and resources to those laid off, communities provided laptops for kids so they could conduct remote learning, the stories are too numerous to recount. We didn’t wait for the government. No, WE the People did what Americans do best. We stepped up. 

Two final thoughts from President Ronald Reagan

“Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the People” tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us. “We the People” are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which “We the People” tell the government what it is allowed to do. “We the People” are free.”

~Snip

We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs production [protection].” 

Hold on to those words. Our American story is unique and worth celebrating even in times such as these. While some do wonder if our Freedom has an expiration date, we should use that instead as a challenge to recommit to our Constitutional roots. As President Reagan reminded us, be an informed Patriot and teach those around us to be the same. Let us remember that we are always WE THE PEOPLE and our FREEDOM and Liberty are worth everything. 

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7 Comments
  • Kate says:

    Thank you, Nina!

  • Aussie Supporter says:

    As an Australian, i strongly support the USA and her efforts most of the time.Stumbling around like a big goat sometimes, but the heart is there.
    But i have just watched, without a shed of doubt, your elections being totally violated.And the “supposed backbone” of the Country, your Legal system, collude with the efforts to violate the elections.
    You have serious problems you have to rectify
    Do you really think that these people will release the power they have given themselves, just after they violated every concept of the Republic and Western values?
    I don’t think so. There is no “negotiation” with Leftists, it is their way or the gulag.History proves me right on this point every time.
    You have to get your Republicans under control and fix every States’ electoral system.Start with the easiest State first, then single out the nutters in California etc last.NO POSTAL VOTING and NO VOTE WITHOUT SOLID I.D AND CITIZENSHIP and NO COMPUTER VOTING MACHINES.

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  • Thomas Dale Stewart says:

    Yes. “We The People”.

    We are still free. As long as we remember that and live accordingly.

  • David says:

    “Why did our Founders and my ancestors embrace those amazing words and take up the fight against the British? Because they realized that without Freedom, we wouldn’t have the Bill of Rights, instead we’d have no freedom other than what the government would deign to grant us.”

    I don’t wish to be a nitpicker, but that is actually not quite right. Many of the Founders–including Jefferson, the author of the Declaration–believed that our rights–our “natural rights”–were antecedent to the existence of human government, and thus could neither be granted nor withheld by governments.

    This was in direct opposition to the Continental doctrine that only governments can grant or withhold rights…a doctrine that underpins most European legal codes to this day.

    Naturally the Founders understood perfectly clearly that governments infringe on our rights all the time–that was after all the gravamen of their grievance with the British, as spelled out in great detail in the Declaration–but many of the Founders OPPOSED the inclusion of the Bill of Rights as implying that rights were guaranteed by its mere presence, and were within the power of government to grant or withhold.

    The 9th and 10th Amendments were intended to allay these fears, but observing the encroachments the government has made on the enumerated rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights suggests that its opponents were not wrong.

    Ask yourself this question: if an amendment were passed–with impeccable procedural correctness–eliminating the rights guaranteed by any part of the Bill of Rights, would you believe those rights to have been legitimately abrogated? In the words of Patrick Henry, “Forbid it, Almighty God!”

    More important than the Bill of Rights to ensuring our rights was the now-defunct doctrine of limited powers, embodied in Article 1, Section 8, enumerating those areas in which “Congress shall have power…” This doctrine died in 1937 when the Supreme Court, operating under the threat of FDR’s court-packing bill, rolled over to the Social Security Act.

    But the Founders feared that the enumeration of certain rights would–notwithstanding the 9th Amendment–disparage others, and also open the door to “reasonable regulation” of those rights.

    We see this pervasively today, most recently in Biden’s assertion that the 2nd Amendment does not preclude limiting exactly which arms the people have a right to, under the “reasonable regulation” view. And we have long ago sold the pass on the 4th Amendment, the 5th Amendment, parts of the 1st Amendment and others besides.

  • Erik says:

    The link to the 1776 Report is already dead. Did anyone keep a copy?

    • Nina Bookout says:

      Hi Erik! I’ve updated the post with the new link to the 1776 Commission report. I’d suggest saving it as a PDF for future reference as I did. 😉

      • Erik says:

        Thanks Nina!

        Sorry for the late reply. I have been reading so many articles lately that I lost track of where I posted this.

        I have saved the report and will read it.

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