Have you ever been given something for free? I mean totally free and without strings. And you were like YES! I hit the lottery. Or you found money in an old jacket? Or maybe you were like my son, playing golf and fishing golf balls out of the swamp and found a twenty dollar bill?
I had a professor in college who would tell you the first day, “Ladies and gentlemen, today every single one of you has an A in my class. Whether or not you keep your A is up to you, not me. I am giving it to you freely and without strings. The only strings are those you place on yourself to keep it! It is now your responsibility!” Oh Boy! Lena has an “A “ and didn’t have to do anything. I was going to like this class. I can tell you that I never missed a class because you were missing more than a lesson out of a book. I can tell you that I never studied so hard or wrote more in any other class than I did for that A. I can also tell you that I ended up taking every single class that man taught in the time I was there because of the challenge, the learning, and the ability to keep my A.
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the lessons I learned from this professor. One class he taught was The American Presidency. It was a class that focused on the first five presidents of the United States, the Congressional Convention, and how we became a nation. It was a class that focused on the lives of the men who shaped our laws and why they felt so compelled to deliver the perfect model of government out of the shortcomings of what they knew. His lectures portrayed the fights and disagreements, the loud voices and tears of men who believed so vehemently in freedom that they would rather starve and die than be under the British rule.
What came out of that period of time was essentially every American man’s lottery.
You see, for free, without us ever having to do anything but take one breath, we are born with the greatest rights any country in this world can say to possess. We are born with the freedom to succeed or fail. We are born with the freedom to be born poor and die wealthy. We are born to worship God however we see Him. We are born knowing we are free to think and create, to voice and to do.
Once upon a time, I had the opportunity to meet one of the greatest football coaches of his time, Lou Holtz. I was at a football convention – 600 men and me. Of course, me being me, I dressed to the hilt and wore heals so that I wouldn’t stand out. The night that Lou Holtz was there, he was telling a story to convey a moral lesson about work ethic and how sometimes the only person who knows you’ve done your very best is you – that is your only reward. Are you prepared to live with that? In life, sometimes that is all you get.
He was leaving to catch a flight and I ran out to see if I could speak to him for a minute. He was talking with Larry Smith from USC, saw me and said, “Larry, I’ll catch up with you later. (Looked at me) Come on, ride with me to the airport.”
He told me – Young lady, I don’t agree with women coaching men’s football, but my time is almost up. I look at you and because you are beautiful, you may get your way. But mark my words “No where in life is there a free lunch. There is no such thing. You will work and you will struggle and you will have to compromise, but don’t compromise you, because there are NO FREE LUNCHES!” And he got out and caught his plane.
We are born with our A … but like that professor in college and like Coach Holtz said, there are no free lunches. You have to work hard and struggle to keep that A. You have to give up things to provide for your family. You have to work and sweat and cry and scream. You have to know that our struggle is not meant to be any thing less because we choose to not be a soldier. We are born soldiers.We are born with our rights, rights we did not have to earn, but rights we are born to fight for!
In 1916 Russia, it was a very modern society. There were grocery stores, clothing stores, and places to buy the finest luxury items money could buy. There were farmers and cattlemen. There were women going to college and men making the highest advances in science and math. It was more advanced than America at the time.
In 1917, their was a socialist rebellion in Russia. Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin had infected the students, working class, and peasants with thoughts of communism. That all men should possess all possessions just by being alive. That no man should be held higher than another simply because he worked and you didn’t. That no man should be able to feed his family more than what you had to eat as a peasant. That war went on for four years until 1921.
Immediately after the second revolution of 1917, most store owners and their families were slaughtered. Their stores and homes were seized and given into ruin. Working people who had any kind of possessions hid in small apartments, cramming 5-7 people into 600 square feet and hiding what they had in walls, under beds, in compartments because money was now worthless.
In 1921 Russia, things started to look up a bit. Oh, there was a famine going on, but at least if you declared yourself a communist and worked for a bread and millet vouchers, you ate. Many more people died. If you had seen any kind of personal success before the revolution, you were considered an enemy of the new Soviet Union. They could not get a voucher to see a doctor or for food. They were on their own.
Ironically, and very swiftly, the New Soviet Union created a system of haves and have-nots, of rich and poor, of starving and fed. They did however have two things to keep their failure to a minimum in the eyes of the world: a new wall encompassing their territory and a military police force that was ruthless.
As a junior high and high school student, it was often publicized the stories of people defecting from the U.S.S.R. Many were athletes or entertainers. They would have the KGB crossing borders to hunt them like animals. However, anything was worth the risk to get out. When the iron curtain came down, millions left the Eastern European countries and Russia. they had been oppressed for so long, they used freedom to gain success.
The same is still true for Korea, Cuba and China. Failed Socialist Societies.
My next door neighbor was nine years old when Castro took over Cuba. Her family was fortunate to be on one of the Freedom Flights out of Cuba in 1965. She loves this country, has raised her children to love this country and now her grandchildren. She knows the fear of what socialism brings. She knows the destruction of regimes who take away freedom and create economic slaves all while promising prosperity and hope.
We are fighting for our country – not against the Taliban or the “radical” Muslims. The radical Muslims are already here and they will be patient and wait. They will wait until socialism is greater and our personal rights are gone. They will wait until the Second Amendment no longer exists.
We are fighting against our own citizens who do not know the great gift they were given and choose to not see the value in what those men in 1776 gave to us. We are fighting against our own congressmen who choose to not hear our voices, see our faces, or do their jobs. We are fighting against our neighbors who choose to see value in a $900 plasma flat screen instead of taking responsibility and feeding, clothing, and providing for their children. We are fighting against the slacker generation of 18-25 years olds who believe that life should be easy. Why should they work when they never had to work for anything – it was freely given by their parents no strings attached and they do not see their parents toil. We are fighting a conception that a man who has thieves and lawbreakers for friends, radical Muslims as a family, and socialist ties throughout his life can and will lead a free country to greater freedom when he is waiting with vouchers… vouchers freely given to those who support him and death for those who do not. We are fighting the building of a pseudo-government along with a pseudo- civilian military regime that will be ready when he calls them.