By Dr. Stan Cooke
Candidate For Lt. Governor of Alabama
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence he established the goal of the future revolution by stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson understood “unalienable rights” as predetermined rights given to us by God and not by the government.
Thomas Jefferson understood that the cost of fighting for these rights would be great and that led him to pen the final sentence of the Declaration that would read, “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” When the Revolutionary War had been won Jefferson would once again remind us that the cost of maintaining our new freedoms would have a price as well. Jefferson would write, “and “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,”
We must be eternally vigilant to fight against political machines that want to secure the place of the career politicians that are easily manipulated by lobbyist dollars and special interest groups. We must fight against party bosses that want to hand pick crony candidates and control the campaign contributions.
We must be eternally vigilant to fight against the liberal policies of the Democrats and expose the RINO Republicans.
We must determine to be eternally vigilant to fight against the EPA to protect our rights to mine coal and develop our State’s natural resources to become energy independent.
We must determine to be eternally vigilant to fight against the unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education to defeat policies such as Common Core so that our local educators can educate our children based on our community standards.
We must remain eternally vigilant in our fight against Obamacare and other socialistic entitlement programs so that we can stop the erosion of our freedoms and liberties.
For if we forget that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty we will discover that Ronald Reagan’s famous statement on Freedom will become a reality – that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down to the next generation and for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our grand-children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”