Coming off the Memorial Day weekend, one that felt especially hard this year as I look back at a 20 year career, I see the above cartoon. A child with his father states, what if we are not living up to what they died for? It made me think hard about the ideas my brothers and sisters in arms sacrificed for. I’ve thought about this subject before but something in me really clicked. What are we living up too? What is our responsibility to the ideals of our nation? What are the ideals of our nation?
You may have heard the following statement by Edmund Burke. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Evil comes in many forms and every generation in American history has been forced to sacrifice for the triumph of liberty. American freedom doesn’t come without a price. When we fail to pay that price Liberty slowly erodes away. We owe it to those that have fought to sustain liberty in the past to continue the fight and stay vigilant.
We owe it to those who prevailed against Great Britain in the revolution, fought to preserve our nation in the civil war, and faced down, against all odds, Fascist dictators bent on World domination. Those who lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation and stopped the spread of communism. Those who have fought the Worldwide evil of terrorism, and those who stood against domestic evils and oppression fighting for various civil rights.
We owe it to the ones who lost their lives building rail roads across the nation, digging canals, laying bridges across bays, and towers in major cities, pushing America to new heights as a World influence. Those who sacrificed to produce new inventions and medicines, often losing everything in the process for the betterment of our citizens. Citizens that have come from every corner of the Globe in the hope of a liberty worth fighting for.
America is a nation where liberty can prevail. Our system is established to ensure that. But that system will not sustain itself. It takes sacrifice and a desire to lay it all on the line to stop all foreign and domestic evil that threaten it.
The late President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address stated, “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival of liberty.” He would later pay for that liberty with his life.
Every generation will face a challenge and will be presented with a choice to fight to preserve liberty or allow evil to prevail. Todays generations are no exception. In light of domestic abuses by government, state and non-state actors who threaten our way of life, we have plenty to stand against.
Ensure today we remember our heritage and what those before us fought to preserve. Our nation is not the sum of the evil within it or the evil that comes against it from distant lands. We are the sum of the sacrifice of those who will forever bear the burden of our freedom. It’s worth fighting for and we owe it to them. Be blessed and thanks for reading my ramblings today.