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Sep 14
Misti McHatton

Life, Liberty & Justice

Posted by: Misti McHatton


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As I sit here watching the return of those killed this week to their beloved country, the country they lived and died to protect I am reminded of the uniqueness of our nation: A nation that was formed around the ideals of freedom, life, liberty and justice.

Democracy without the foundations of our basic tenets of freedom is not possible. We, the US, have had the privilege of developing our democracy from the ground up. We were not, prior to the outlining of our constitutional rights, living under another form of government. Yes, we broke free from tyranny…but the development of our nation was established in the fight for freedom and the ideals that shaped this nation’s government, were already inherent in the belief structure of our founding fathers and those who braved the voyage to the “new world.”

A brief review of our “Bill of Rights” shows the values of our nation.

  1. Freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. Also, the right to petition the government.
  2. Right to bear arms.
  3. Troops may not be quartered in homes in peacetime.
  4. No unreasonable searches or seizures.
  5. Numerous protections against court action including
    • Grand jury indictment required for serious crimes.
    • No Double Jeopardy.
    • A person cannot be forced to testify against themselves.
    • No loss of life, liberty, or property without due process.
  6. Right to a speedy, public, and impartial trial.
  7. Jury trials are required in civil suits where value exceeds $20.
  8. No excessive bail or fines and no cruel or unusual punishments.
  9. Rights not listed are not necessarily denied.
  10. Powers not given expressly to the United States or denied to the states themselves are reserved to the states.

In our fight for freedom around the world, we need to remember that while we can liberate people and nations, true freedom is found only in Christ and in acknowledging the rights and freedoms inherent in mankind. We can’t understand the actions of some that have been broadcast across the media in recent days because we don’t understand the mindset from which they view life. People admire the US for its freedom…but they can’t understand or know how to live in the freedom because they don’t understand the values on which that freedom is based.

As we watch current events unfold, my challenge is to remember the freedom that we have and to not take it for granted.  My challenge is to pray a little more for those with no freedom of their own, to be a little kinder to those who share the same freedoms as I do but yet may not agree with me on how that freedom is to be lived and to be a little more thankful for the freedoms that I do have. 

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Comments (1)

Great article Misty... really good content hereâ¥
by Suzan Bafford on Fri, 14 Sep 2012 - 20:49