The United States of America has been called many things throughout its 234 years. The land of the free and the home of the brave is one of the names that I’ve long appreciated because it captures the United States at its best. It made me proud to be living in such a country.
Hubert Humphrey was an especially eloquent speaker when it came to delivering 4th of July speeches. Many was the 4th of July speech where Hubert reminded people that the United States was and is the only nation in the history of the world that enumerated as one of its goals the pursuit of happiness.
I started blogging when I noticed that I was living in historic times. At the time, Afghanistan had been liberated and their first democratic election was approaching. The Orange Revolution was getting started in the Ukraine. It was about 10 weeks before the “purple thumb elections” in Iraq. The Iraqi elections caused an uprising in Lebanon, which was quickly called the Cedar Revolution.
Here’s Dictionary.com’s definition for liberty:
freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
While that’s the ‘book definition’ of liberty, I have a different definition of liberty. Liberty is the force that gives people the ability to be all that they can be. It’s the greatest motivator in the history of mankind. There’s a reason for that.
Liberty is the greatest motivator in the history of mankind because God created man with the spirit of liberty. George Bush and Ronald Reagan understood that because of their Christian background.
Reagan’s Tear Down This Wall speech was based on his understanding that the spirit of liberty couldn’t be contained. Gorbachev tried to maintain the Soviet-style control over the Eastern Bloc of nations with gimmicks like perestroika and glasnost. I knew that the USSR was finished the minute Gorbachev tried substituting glasnost and perestroika for liberty.
The thirst for liberty can be subdued but only with sufficient military force. See Tiananmen Square or Iran a year ago. Short of sufficient military force, though, liberty will win.
This year, I was reminded of the importance of liberty thanks to seeing things through an immigrant’s eyes. That immigrant’s name is Sanu Patel-Zellinger. I was reminded of the importance of liberty because of her speech at last month’s TEA Party. Here’s the transcript of Sanu’s speech:
I want to thank you for the opportunity to be here todayâ€¦not just the chance to speak with you but also for the past two decades I have enjoyed living in America.
My name is Sanu. I came to the US in 1991 from India. I got a job at Seagate Technology so I could pay my way through college, which I did, by working during the day and taking night classes.
In 1998, I became a United States citizen. I was as proud as could be to be a United States citizen. In this American Republic I found individual freedom, real freedom and opportunity. Thank you.
Over the years I have met many hardworking and generous Americans. Americaâ€™s strength and creativity come from the opportunities available to each individual, the freedom to pursue their dreams, and a Constitution that keeps a check and balance on government so we can preserve this. Thank you.
However, there are many things being offered to us today which are not opportunities.
Socialized medicine? No thank you!
Bailouts? No thank you!
Nationalization of private industry? No thank you!
Irresponsible spending with no accountability? No thank you!
This past year I decided to run for State Representative because I feel that we are not being properly represented in government. I am seeing the American Dream being destroyed by out-of-control spending, government debt and never-ending taxation. And I am seeing that many hard working Americans and their children are being punished with taxes to pay for it all.
I am willing to help the vulnerable in society. But I am no longer willing to be punished for being a responsible citizen.
I want to see an end to the misuse of taxpayer funds. I want to see a limited government that lives within a sensible budget just as we all do.
America was started with a great vision, the rights of the individual that cannot be destroyed by any majority.
A country where its people are free.
A country where hard work and personal responsibility are rewarded.
A country that others round the world would like to live in.
A country whose citizens dare to strive for the American Dream. What we have here is precious.
It is time we all stand up for this country of ours and itâ€™s great vision for all generations. It is up to us to preserve this free nation.
It takes only a generation to lose it all. Let us not lose it in our watch. President Obama definitely appears to be campaigning for us conservatives). We need to set the stage so that the American Dream remains in the grasp of all who are willing to work for it.
We have plenty to be proud of here. Let us band together to preserve this land of the free!
This year we have a golden opportunity. Let us seize it!
Let us leave behind a state and country our children and grandchildren will be proud to inherit.
Thank you for coming today. That tells me you care about our country. And I am proud to call you a fellow citizen. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be one of you.
On this birthday of our nation, it is my sincere hope that everyone sees the United States through the immigrant’s eyes. Those who haven’t experienced liberty appreciate it all the more when they’re blessed with it.
God bless America, each and every one of us. I sincerely hope everyone lives by the principles that our Founding Fathers gave us 234 years ago today.