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Letter from the Publisher: Be Thankful for Freedom

by on November 01, 2019 11:15 AM

Each November, we celebrate Thanksgiving. In the past, it was a time to reflect on a good harvest and the knowledge that the family would survive the winter. Times have changed. Most of us no longer depend on our own crops and livestock for survival. Yet there is still so much to be thankful for.

In today’s America, sometimes seeming hopelessly divided into special interest groups based on political ideology, political correctness, and an endless negative national news cycle, it is good to remember that we still have much in common.

As Americans, we live in a country with more freedom than the world has ever known. Since the dawn of time, most people who have lived on this earth have endured a life of bondage, servitude, poverty, and illiteracy. Life was short and very hard. Freedom was not the norm.

Monarchs, tyrants, and dictators controlled most land and wealth. Freedoms that we now take for granted were non-existent. Daily routines such as travel, group assembly, access to information, freedom of expression, and commerce were completely restricted by the state. A system of justice did not exist; even speaking out for a better life could result in imprisonment or death. The concept of true representative democracy was unheard of.

For tens of thousands of years, the world’s general population simply worked for food and shelter at the pleasure of a monarch. The American Revolution changed all that. For the first time in history, a nation was created by the people and for the people. Americans would not answer to a king. Leaders were to be chosen among neighbors, and one’s labor could lead to greater personal prosperity.

Individual determination served as a means to build a life based on opportunity, ability, and hard work. Land ownership, entrepreneurism, free commerce, geographical mobility, religious freedom, education, and justice for all were encouraged. This was a novel concept by historical standards.

However, even in this new country with bold new ideas, the world’s oldest evil, slavery, lived on. Nearly 70 years passed until a bloody Civil War had to be fought to finally eradicate the scourge of slavery from the nation. Finally, all men were truly free.

As Americans, we should be thankful that we live in a nation of opportunity that is the envy of the world. Be thankful that we are free to live, work, play, and travel where we wish. Be thankful that we are free to worship, learn, protest, express ourselves, and create how we wish. Be thankful that we live in a nation with a constitution designed to limit government powers.

We may have our differences, some that we may never overcome, but we should all be thankful for these freedoms. Freedoms not granted by a king or a government bureaucrat, but freedoms that are rightfully ours as human beings.

 

Bernard A. Oravec

Publisher

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