Freedom is something Americans want and expect but when do we give up that freedom? Do we give it up when we pay taxes, what about having background checks for buying a gun or are these just normal things we must go through to live in a free country.

What do you fear the most, home invasion, animal attacking, property stolen or assault in public? Do you really fear those things anymore or just a little and why because we have police, sheriff, animal control and fish and game governmental departments that protect us.

Does freedom today compare to freedom of 50 years ago, 100 years ago or 150 years ago. Do the fears of today differ from the fears of 1965, 1915 or 1885 most likely they do in some aspects?

Look back at America 100 years ago, WW1 was on America staying neutral and the average American didn’t own their home. Americans did not fully rely on the police to take care of squabbles much less home invasions or property stolen.

Go back 150 years the average American was on his or her own when it came to protection. You owned a gun or lived with a reputation that spoke for itself.

Today we fear personal assault mainly because we know the person likely to do the assault knows we are at the mercy of the police that was not so 100 or 150 years ago. Living on the planes of Wyoming or the hills of California 100 to 150 years ago you may have feared bandits, mountain lions or even unruly Indians so you protected yourself but you knew you were free to do so.

Buying a rifle or handgun was expected and defending your property and family too. Now days you are expected to call the police and if not you fear prosecution from the state if you defend what is yours.

What is your price for freedom, the more taxes we pay the more intrusive our federal, state and local government become and they set it up that way for a reason. We go nuts when our heads of state and government officials play chicken with each other by cutting back education and city services so you the tax payer will call his local rep and say “hey pass a budget so I can have my services”.

You cannot complain and have every government service but lose your freedom along the way. Freedom comes with a price and it’s called a few names. Rugged individualism, self policing, self responsibility and caring for one’s self, family and country.

In order to have true freedom we will have to in turn take back some of those fears Americans use to have, the fear of robbers, unruly people, wild animals, and stolen property all those come with freedom. Americans will need to return the rugged individualism of owning and using a gun, policing themselves with restraint maybe even following the Ten Commandments, being responsible for the decisions each one make and owning up to that responsibility.

You might want to start caring for your neighbor and their house hold property, caring about your state and how it runs itself and maybe getting involved.

True freedom that we all really want will require some leaps of faith, fear and responsibility it will not be an easy thing to obtain.

A few keys that might help, buy a few guns and learn how to use them. Read your Bible and have family Bible studies and be a family unit, know your neighbor and even if they are crazy find some common ground with each other nobody wants feuding neighbors.

Vote in all elections maybe even think about running for small office believe it or not small county positions make a difference and get to know your county, state and federal representative you will hate some of them but find one or two you can find common ground with it will be to your advantage someday. Get involved with your local police or sheriff department, volunteer or help with department fundraising. 

True freedom that America had maybe too far gone now days but if you’re going to at least try and get some freedom back then you’re going to have to let go of the government safety blanket and embrace the fear that freedom brings.

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