In the course of human endeavors there comes a time when one must stand for principles, belief in moral purpose and strive against all obstacles to attain absolute victory. To shrink from this challenge or to let one's opponent gain sway is an unthinkable outcome. As an American it is in our blood to strive for freedom and justice and all the benefits and indeed obligations therein. We all know that freedom is not free. We need to honor all who have come before us to uphold their standards and sacrifice so that we might live in freedom.
I honor our forefathers, and their sacrifices by adhering to their creed and upholding their ideals; which we all cherish. Following are examples of their courage and spirit.
1) Nathan Hale: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my Country." -Last words before he was hanged by the British.
2)Patrick Henry: "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."
3)John Paul Jones: "I have not yet begun to fight."
4)Thomas Paine: "The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind."
5)Thomas Paine: "That government is best which governs least."
6)Thomas Jefferson: "We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
7)Thomas Jefferson: "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
8)Patrick Henry: "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
9)Abraham Lincoln: "The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both congress and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that Constitution."
These were not people that were just idly pontificating. They were people who put every last measure of devotion into their beliefs and ideals. In modern parlance I would refer to them as 'ass kickers' extraordinaire.