Friday, April 19, 2013

Lest we forget: Freedom never has been free

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter

Support Scott Lingamfelter for Lt.                  GovernorOn April 19th, 1775 -- two hundred and thirty-eight years ago today -- a band of Americans defeated the British at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, sparking the American Revolutionary War. Decades later, a young historian interviewed Captain Levi Preston, one of the patriots who fought that day.

The Support Scott Lingamfelter for                Lt. Governoryoung man asked if the Stamp Act had motivated the captain to go and fight at Concord. The now-91-year old revolutionary stared back in amazement. "Never bought a stamp," he replied. Then, it must have been the Tea Act, the young man continued. "Never had a cup of tea," Captain Preston answered. The writings of John Locke, perhaps? "Never read a book other than the Bible."

Exasperated, the two men fell silent. Then, Captain Preston said, "Son, what we meant in going for those Redcoats was this: We always had been free, and we meant to be always free. They didn't mean we should."

When do you find out how much you love freedom?

When someone tries to take it away from you.

Today, the federal government is trying to take away the freedoms our founders laid down their lives for. Freedoms that too many people take for granted today.