The freedom and rights owed us as citizens of the United States of America are not free. It may seem odd, or even unfair, that something that is our rightful due – as promised by the founding fathers’ core document of our Great Republic – would still require us to ‘pony up’ in order to enjoy. It is so, but why should this be? What is it that we are required to pay?
The inalienable rights bestowed upon the U.S. citizenry are unique to the American Experiment, enjoyed by few in recorded human history. As our country is also very young, it is easy for our special rights to slip away, easy to forget that the “sovereign without citizens” is the truly free envy of the world. Yet it’s easy to take that special status for granted, and worst, easy to think it the responsibility of others to protect and maintain without any effort from ourselves. Our sense of entitlement in that regard can be our worst enemy, as it is this very self-administered toxin that enemies both foreign and [especially] domestic can take advantage. We will then find our globally-envied rights are no longer in our grasp to our confused dismay.
So what are we required to pay in order to maintain our precious and fragile patriotic credentialing? What form does this currency take? It requires our COURAGE… used as the fuel to speak truth to power, to bear arms against a diabolical enemy who somehow believes only he gets to be free, and the determined and persistent defense of what we know belongs to us.
The cost of freedom is no less than the righteous fight for truth, justice and the way of the United States American.