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Don Kennedy

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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 12:34 pm

Premise: all mankind is born free.

Our Declaration of Independence speaks of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God in the first paragraph. Therefore, it’s logical to believe those laws are of great import. They were to the Founding Fathers who were Christians and deists. It was on those laws and principles our nation was established in freedom and liberty.

The laws and principles haven’t changed, only the players have changed. Players who have chosen to circumvent and ignore the founding principles of this great nation — the moral ethic of the freedom and liberty of mankind.

The Holy Bible supports the principles of freedom and liberty. James 1:25 (English Standard Version) — “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

The above is but one of many verses that speak of liberty and freedom.

Our forefathers fought the Revolutionary War from 1775-1783 to give us our freedom and liberty from a tyrannical monarch who was supported by a parliamentary government.

Today, we the people face our own revolutionary war in that we’re being forced to oppose our own president who is using our Constitution to impose upon us the oppression of socialism. We are engaged in a great political battle to maintain our freedom and liberty.

In his first farewell address, Sept. 19, 1796, George Washington said it very well: “The unity of Government, which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. … of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very Liberty, which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee, that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; … watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned.”

We cannot weaken in our minds, or our souls, the resolve to preserve our liberty. Ignorance and apathy are our enemy. The laws and principles of freedom and liberty are our friends. Therefore, the preservation of freedom and liberty is the moral and right thing to do.

• Don Kennedy is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology. He has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2002.

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