Americans' rights taken for granted

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Once upon a time in a land not too far away, there was an undisputed wise man who replied to a question about our nation and whether it should be a monarchy or a republic. His famous words were, "A Republic, if you can keep it."

That man was one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. I remember back to 1992, when these words were echoed by my political science teacher at UAF. He reminded his students that we as citizens were responsible to educate ourselves about our constitutional rights, country's background and founding fathers' intents so that when the time came to use such rights, we would know the ground on which we stood. Furthermore when adversaries came to diminish and take away those rights, we could stand as advocates not only for our rights, freedoms and other "unalienable rights" as endowed by our Creator, but as ambassadors for those who have died defending those rights over the decades.

No one can argue that the founding fathers had issues of their own - they were men, after all. But, they had a righteous intent and a consecrated steadfastness in setting a course for our country free from oppression and dictatorship. They believed in "We the People." How we have strayed from this intent. If the constitution was written today it would begin, "We the America, under whichever government is in control at the time..."

Have you taken your rights for granted? Do you get satisfaction knowing that lawmakers and others are "taking care" of those matters for you?

I do believe "We the People" are destined to become the victims of our own compliance.

George Washington once said, "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon."

Christy Tressler


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