“A republic, if you can keep it!”

That was Benjamin Franklin’s response to a woman’s question at the end of the Philadelphia Convention: “Well, Doctor, what have we got — atyranny-montesquieu Republic or a Monarchy?”

A little over 200 years later, we are still struggling to keep it. And we are losing the battle to those that want a top down authoritarian central government with limited rights for We the People.

As human beings, rights and freedoms are our birthright, and nowhere else on earth has that been truer than in these United States. However, what is given at birth must be defended with blood, toil and treasure. Countless generations that came before us did just that, battling against all those who through force of arms or stealth would take them from us so that they could grow powerful at our expense.

Down through history, many have chosen to live as serfs, subjects or slaves, because all that was required of them was their willingness to live on their knees and be happy with a paltry share of this world’s abundance. They could simply submit to those that would decide for them what they could and could not do.

Submission is easy; resistance is hard. Submission requires nothing of us, while resistance requires everything.

The choice between submission and resistance is not for you alone. It will determine the course of history and the future of all generations yet to be born. What inheritance will you leave to them? Will it be a life on their feet enjoying freedom, or will they live on their knees begging just to exist? The choices you make will help determine their fate.

This is not a new struggle, but an age-old one that each generation must face. Doing so sets the starting point and the standard for the next generation. Will you surrender your God given right to life, liberty and the ability to pursue happiness as you see fit to others so they may choose for you what you can have and be?

Not all struggles to preserve our liberty and freedoms take place on foreign soil in a contest of arms. More often they happen on a daily basis right here at home. For you to stand up and say,  “NO! I will not comply,” takes courage, because we have been taught not to oppose those in government. I won’t tell you it will get easier each time you say, “NO!” It won’t.  But courage is not measured in doing the easy things. Courage is measured by doing the hard things when those around you say, “Just sit down; don’t draw attention to yourself – submit.”

The question is: how do you want to be remembered by future generations? Will you be quickly forgotten? Or will you be remembered and revered by those yet unborn as someone who refused to kneel. A person who said YES to freedom and liberty?

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams


William Kennedy