As we celebrate American Independence Day, lets us remember that, “Freedom Isn’t Free” is not just a tired old cliche’. Our Founding Fathers were willing to sacrifice everything they had, their families, farms, fortunes, their “Sacred Honor”. As I read this article, I couldn’t help but wonder. How many Americans today would have been willing to make such sacrifices? How many of us would rather have lived under the oppressive taxation and legal restrictions placed on the Colonies by the tyrannical British Crown, than fight for liberty and freedom? How many of us even have a “sacred honor” to pledge? As 2014 approaches, let us look to our Founding Fathers as an example of what true leadership looks like. We can no longer sit back, relax and enjoy the trappings of liberty. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is always just one generation away from extinction”. Are we going to preserve it for our children and grandchildren? Or is it going to end with us?
“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor”
It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the Southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.
Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.
The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows…
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