A Meditation on Liberty
Speaking of the U.S. Marines who took Iwo Jima in World War II, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz said, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Is valor even a virtue today among common Americans? Has America broken faith with those who have died for our liberty? The danger of this possibility was known years before by our nation’s Founders. President Thomas Jefferson said, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty”. The great sage of our Founders, Benjamin Franklin, put it this way, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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