No One saved a life, without first acknowledging (consciously or unconsciously) that they were willing to forfeit their own lives for the sake of another.
No One created a substantial monetary fortune, without first sacrificing some or all of it. Sometimes, those with great wealth, have lost it all many times over. And as hard as it is to fathom for some, most fortunes are made in the service of others, providing goods and services to those who might not be able to provide for themselves.
No One has gained true honor, without first exhibiting great humility. If you do not know what it is to be the lowest of the low, while still humbly honoring those in authority over you, then you will never know the great responsibility carried by those who are worthy of true honor.
None of these virtues can be bought. None of these values can be given. ALL of them must be earned. The Founders knew what was at stake when they signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: Their Lives, their Fortunes, their Sacred Honor. And it wasn’t just for them then. They sacrificed everything for us. For now.
Everything was on the line.
They sacrificed everything… for an IDEA.
The Founders did what they did… for US. Today. Now.
And how are we showing our appreciation? How are we vigilantly guarding, protecting and honoring our freedom and liberty? I’d like to think I’m on the side of Sam Adams. When you next look in the mirror, ponder what Sam would say.
Where would YOU have stood if you were them? Where do you stand now? What will the generations that come after you are dead and gone say about you? Will they say anything at all? Or will they share the sentiment of Sam Adams?
If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace.
We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
~ Samuel Adams