By Alan Sexton
Fasten your seatbelts, folks, I’m on a tare.
The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance. While the title I have chosen represents only one among many and differently attributed variations of this wise observation, accurate phrasing and attribution are of less importance when compared to the urgency and importance each one of us must place upon understanding–and embodying–the unchanging among variations message.
This wisdom is most often originally sourced to a portion of a July 10, 1790 speech made by Irish orator and politician John Philpot Curran (July 24, 1750 – October 14, 1817), known as the “Speech upon the Right of Election for Lord Mayor of Dublin”:
“Nor is it strange that, in those times, a board consisting of so small a number as twenty-four members, with the advantages of a more united interest, and a longer continuance in office, should have prevailed, even contrary to so evident principles of natural justice and constitutional right, against the unsteady resistance of competitors so much less vigilant, so much more numerous, and, therefore, so much less united. It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”
What This Says (or should say) To Us:
Liberty is not a spectator sport. We each must become and remain engaged and active. Each one of us must accept responsibility as permitted by our individual circumstances to do something, anything, and, we must act with great urgency. Barack Obama and relatively few other radical leftist politicians and activists are incrementally, methodically, and systematically annihilating liberty.
Liberty is not a spectator sport. It is wholly inexcusable for any political moderates and conservatives to sit on the sidelines, disjointed and scattered in the battle to restore liberty– long ago and formerly known as the battle to defend liberty. Wake up!
Liberty is not a spectator sport. Whether in our communities, states, or with organizations such as FreedomWorks and others, opportunities for political activism abound. Email, or pick up the phone and contact your local or state G.O.P., Libertarian Party, or, better still, contact both. Get engaged and remain engaged, and do so with a sense of urgency inspired as if realizing that your very own natural and unalienable rights are at stake, because they are.
Liberty is not a spectator sport.