Children of the Republic guest writer:

In the United States of America, one of our responsibilities is to vote.  Not just vote, but to vote for leaders who will stand up for our country, for our rights under the constitution, for our freedom, and our American values.

At the beginning of the United States, the founders were God’s hands in creating a Constitution.  A Constitution that gave us certain rights that no one can take from us (unless we willingly give them away).  Some of these rights are the right to free speech, the right to assemble, the right to bear arms, the right to worship how and where we want.  The founders had the responsibility to create the Constitution, and they did.  Now it’s our responsibility to keep it.

Another responsibility to America and freedom is to teach others the truth about America and why we are free.  Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in America when men were free.”  Freedom will not last unless future generations understand why it is so important and how to protect it.  Sam Ervin said, “If religious freedom is to endure in America, the responsibility for teaching religion… must be left to the homes and churches of our land, where this responsibility rightfully belongs.”  The responsibility to teach children is in the home, not in schools.

Our responsibility to America is to keep America free like the founders intended it to be.  Ronald Reagan saw a free America when he said, “I’ve spoken of a shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it.  But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.  And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.  That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”

May we all as Americans find our responsibility to America and work hard in harmony, with freedom and liberty as our standard and the constitution as our guide, to keep America the most free and greatest nation on the earth!