Are the concepts of Lady Liberty ideals of the past? Lady Liberty has a broken chain at her feet meant to remind us the chains of the elite: kings, queens and nobles (governmental powers) were broken when the United States declared its independence. All
men were declared free.
Our forefathers, mainly from Europe, came to America to find freedom, liberty, equal protection under the law and the ability to pursue happiness. In their former countries, the ruler had power over the citizens. All people were not equal. The elite ruled with an iron hand. These elitist were above the law, owned all the land, and ran all the businesses. The citizens were chattel and lived at the pleasure of those in power.
Those who could left everything they had to begin a new life in a new land. They fought and died pursing the dream of private ownership of land and business. They wanted the ability to succeed or fail by their own merits. They wanted the freedom to worship as they chose…to believe in God without government intrusion. They didn’t want separation of church and state, they simply did not want the state to tell them what they had to believe. The majority of newcomers were Christians…though that fact is routinely left out of history books today.
Everyone worked hard once they got here. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. Everyone had the opportunity to make a go of it. Some were successful, others were not. But all gave it everything they had. When it came to the poor, sick and elderly, churches or neighbors took care of them. It was part of their moral code knowing someday they might need someone to help them. There were no government handouts…no welfare, but everyone was taken care of. Churches, social groups, and neighbors helped the poor, ill, or less fortunate in their own communities. Very few slipped through the cracks. No one felt entitled to anything. Today, many people seem to have forgotten why our forefathers came to this great country. Why they fought hard to hold and maintain their freedom.
In recent years, our politicians no longer hold dear our freedom. They have sold us into slavery through bigger government and high national, state and local debt. Positions as an elected official were meant to be a part-time job running our country. They have turned into a full-time profession. They have expanded their positions to bring them personal power and wealth. They, who are charged with following our directions and work on our behalf, seem to think they know best and do whatever they want. An elite group who believe they are above those who elect them and now expect to be served rather than to serve the people who put them into power. Politicians today are exactly like those rulers our forefathers fled to the Americans to escape.
Years ago, Jefferson said, when the people learn they can elect people who will give them stuff, our nation is over. Unfortunately, we are on the brink of that cliff now. The question is: will people wake up in time to save our great nation? Or have we allowed our freedoms to be so limited and or stolen it can’t be saved? Only God knows. But if we want to save our country or slow the damage…we better elect people who support the ideals of small government, individual freedom and self-determination voting out those who do not.
Let us hold fast to Lady Liberty and the ideals of freedom…our God given rights as proclaimed by our founders.