We are at a turning point in our country; we are at a crossroads. Not a political crossroads, a moral crossroads. We have a choice — to have a moral compass or forgo morality.
I fear there will be conflict once again to establish morality and freedom. I'd like to echo the words of Thomas Paine: "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." We take freedom for granted because we are not the ones who paid or pay the price for it. Thomas Paine was a strong believer that "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: It is dearness only that gives everything its value."
We are partaking of the fruits of our fathers before us. Let us make our own way, pay our own price for even more freedom than we have now. Do as they did and bestow the high-priced freedom upon our posterity. With the technology we have today and the resources we can acquire, do we not have an obligation to better the world beyond our own household? "My country is the world, and my religion is to do good," said Paine.
We are the hands in control, and we must keep moving forward, reach beyond our previous capabilities and teach of the Founding Fathers and their ideals. It is their morality that made us and perhaps their generosity that allows us to take these freedoms for granted. We can progress this country to new heights and not let it fall. I pray we do so. May we ever continue the battle cry of freedom.