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Liberty is color blind

Lately there has been a great deal of rhetoric from the left about how the Tea Party movement is filled with racists and hate mongers.  They have accused the right of being racist if they disagree with the President.  I really try not to fall into this trap, because that’s what it is; a trap.  It’s a trap that shuts down legitimate debate about the issues we face today.  You can’t debate about the serious problems that our country must address if you haven’t evolved past the name calling phase.  I mean this is what kids do in elementary school.  We need to be better than that.

Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  Those are powerful words that move me every time I read them.  You see I do not judge people by the color of their skin.  I judge them by their actions and character.  It is through the power of the individual that remarkable things may be achieved in this country; however we are nothing without God and sweet liberty.  Liberty empowers the individual to reach their fullest potential.  It creates an environment where we all have an equal opportunity to succeed.  Liberty does not see people in such finite terms of black and white; liberty is color blind.

Liberty is not granted by governments, it’s an unalienable right that each of us is born with no matter the color of our skin.  It should be cherished, defended, and protected by governments, but never limited or removed.  Without liberty we are nothing.  When I look at the issues we face today I sometimes wonder if we will ever get beyond the name calling, or will we simply tear ourselves apart from within.  Liberty is for all no matter what race, age, sex, or ethnic background.  It does not discriminate, but it is discriminated against.  It is taken for granted and easily traded for security; a security that is as empty as the leaders that grant it.  Liberty is needed now more than ever in these troubled times.  We need liberty to have open and honest debates.  We need liberty to live as a free people.  We need liberty to have a choice.

Will we let this critical moment in our nation’s history slip away or will we be a generation that stands up and faces our problems with clarity and determination?  Will we rise above the rhetoric as conservatives and choose to be the people that walked on the moon or will we sink to the level of our opposition and sling mud at them?  I ask myself these questions every day.  I see forces from the far left of the debate acting like elementary children, calling us names.  I know who I am and I’m comfortable with that.  I refuse to let these accusations from the left waste one more minute of my time; there is already too much on our plates.  We have serious issues in this country and it’s time to get to the business of solving them.  If the far left doesn’t want to be part of the solution, then they are part of the problem.  I wash my hands of them.  We are now faced with a choice.  Will we resort to name calling or will embrace liberty and be better individuals for it.  I choose liberty!

Our Founding Fathers knew something about liberty.  I’ll close this post with a few quotes from these remarkable individuals.

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have… a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers. (John Adams)

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. (Sam Adams)

Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Benjamin Franklin)

…the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. (George Washington)

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • LD Jackson March 31, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    I experienced what you are talking about many times during the 2008 campaign. Invariably, when I would openly critize candidate Barack Obama, there would be someone comment on my blog and try to suggest that I was against the man only because he was black. Even when I challenged them to find a single article that would prove it, they refused to believe that I had legitimate concerns about him that had nothing to do with the color of his skin.

    I really wish that the people who consistently use this tactic would step back and realize that not everyone is racist and that there are some people in America, dare I say most people in America, really do not care about the color of someone's skin. It's all about how they conduct themselves and what they do with their lives. That is what liberty is all about, yet those on the left seem to want to discount that.

    Great post, John.

  • John Carey March 31, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Thanks for the comments Larry. I think we need to rise above this and keep the focus on the real issues like unconstitutional laws the restrict liberties. We have a large segment of society that is willing to hand over their liberties to a government and this segment is getting larger. We need to change this trend and the way to this is have the debate, but it becomes harder to do when they are calling us names.

  • Opus #6 March 31, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Even the lefties know that policy disagreements do not equal racism. I think this meme is damaging the left. More and more independents and republicans emerge from formerly kool-aid-stained bodies.

  • John Carey March 31, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Thanks for dropping by Opus. I do think people are finally start to see through it. At least I hope.