Sunday, July 4, 2010

To secure the blessings of liberty

Busy Independence Day here--hope you're all enjoying a glorious 4th!

I was thinking today about our freedoms as Americans, and how, despite certain alarming trends at the national level, we still retain, as citizens of this great nation, a good deal more freedom than our counterparts in many areas of the world.

One of the blessings of liberty I'm most grateful for is that liberty which permits me to instruct my children as I see fit. The right to teach one's children at home has become a well-defined American liberty in a majority of the states of this nation, and the diligent work of pro home schooling organizations has, generally speaking, broadened and expanded this right. In many other countries, parents are persecuted for wishing to instruct their children at home, even when their deeply-held religious beliefs are in clear conflict with the indoctrination of secular and anti-religious values which takes place in the school system.

Another blessing of liberty I'm particularly grateful for is freedom of speech. I can be as critical (and snarky) as I like about the government in my writings on this blog and elsewhere, and I don't have to worry that arrest or imprisonment will follow. Again, this is not the case everywhere in the world; it's particularly sad to see writers and speakers jailed or oppressed in nations still governed by totalitarian regimes. The freedom of speech we enjoy as Americans is a blessing we ought never to take for granted.

When the framers of our Constitution wrote that among their purposes in establishing the Constitution was "...to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity..." I suspect that they did not envision a day when the "right" to kill one's posterity before his or her birth would be seen as a "blessing of liberty." All of our rights as Americans are null if the right to life is not protected first; as blessed as we are by other liberties (far more than the two I briefly mentioned above) we need to remain vigilant in protecting true freedom and standing against the false freedom that pits a mother against her child, or sees human beings as disposable commodities.

What blessings of liberty do you cherish, as an American? What threats to true liberty cause you concern, in this 234th anniversary of the birth of our nation?

5 comments:

J. Steffenberry said...

Erin,
Like you I cherish our freedom of speech, and especially as it translate into the freedom to read any book I please to seek the truth. We might not always think of a library as a fortress of freedom, but it truly is.

Looking back from more years than you, I perhaps see more that we've lost, particularly in moral direction, and yet I know the church will be always here as a light to the people, and so I have hope.

Blessings to you! I enjoy your blog.

Anonymous said...

I cherish the right to openly disagree with the government, especially when it sends our troops to invade countries that have no connection with attacks made upon ours.

I celebrate that President Obama's election has not (as dire predictions during the election insisted it would) resulted in a reduction in the right of the pro-life movement to counsel and aid pregnant women.

I celebrate the continued freedom of religious hospitals to offer medical care that is in keeping with the religious beliefs of their sponsoring religious organizations.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I rented a room for a couple of years from an Ethiopian immigrant (now a naturalized citizen, and experiencing the blessings of unemployment). I used to crack harshly critical jokes at the expense of George W. Bush, and he reacted with alarm, expecting the FBI to break down the door and haul us both away. I explained that cracking jokes about the president is our national past-time, no matter who is in office. Somehow, it doesn't in itself seem to make our government ineffective.

P.S. At the time the constitution was written, abortion was little noted in the law at all, occured commonly, and wasn't much spoken of. One hundred years or so later, states began passing laws making abortion a crime, mostly under the influence of doctors trying to "professionalize" the practice of medicine. The legislators who took this course were overwhelmingly Protestant.

It took another hundred years for the question, 'did the legislators have constitutional authority to pass such a law in the first place?' to even be submitted for consideration to the Supreme Court.

As I've said many times, that doesn't make it the right choice, it merely means the state has no authority to intervene.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. my post is missing. The home page says there are three comments but mine, in which I celebrated the continuing freedom of the right to life movement over a year into Obama's administration, is not here.

Red Cardigan said...

I think I still see your comment, Anonymous. In any case, I haven't removed any.

Perhaps if you pick a nickname to sign your comments with it will be easier to keep track of them.