Jackie Gingrich Cushman

While other colonies had met to protest the English taxes, all of the other colonies were working toward a peaceful resolution with the British. Henry clearly articulated to the other Virginia delegates that if the colonists wanted liberty, they would have to be willing to risk death. He framed the decision simply: liberty or death.

Today, it is all too easy to become complacent and to believe that individuals do not have enough power to push back big government, big institutions and big media. But just imagine what it must have been like to rebel against the British monarchy. It had the largest, most modern navy in the world and one of the largest armies. The colonies had no standing army (Henry's plea was for Virginia to call for a standing militia) and only a loose association with one another. Yet, our Founding Fathers were brave enough to stand up, against all odds, and declare themselves free of British rule.

It was their courage that led eight years later to the British surrender at Yorktown and our freedom. Today, as was true then, the American people are more powerful than big government and more powerful than big media. Our belief in the freedom of ideas, and the rights of individuals, which come from God and are loaned to government, is both an opportunity, to live free, and a responsibility to be eternally vigilant and remind government and institutions who holds the rights in our country.

"Sixty-five percent of likely U.S. voters agree," according to the Rasmussen poll, "with the statement that a government powerful enough to do everything you want is also powerful enough to take away everything you have."

This year, it is once again up to the American people to remind big government, big media and big institutions who is in charge: We the People.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.


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