Freedom. With the end of the Memorial Day weekend we must consider how fortunate we are to live in America.
We are free to vote, to express our opinions, and to pursue our dreams if we do not violate the law or deprive another of their rights.
This freedom has been protected by men and women throughout America’s history and continues to be protected today.
Men and women who we do not know stand guard for this country. Some are here on our shores. Others are away from their families, in other lands, fulfilling the duties of America’s military. They sacrifice their lives and families for America.
Their work takes courage, but it also takes great love. Love of country and its citizens. A love that includes a willingness to sacrifice and live a dangerous life for people that they may never know.
To all these people, who guarded America in the past, and continue to guard her today and into the future, we remember you and say, “Thank You.”
Should we respect the laws of this nation and expect everyone that comes here to uphold our laws? Yes.
I like leaving my home and counting on everyone to drive inside the lines as they use the roads and freeways in my city. People follow the road rules because they know that those rules are enforced and violations are punished.
I like not having to build a high wall with glass on top of it to protect my home and to prevent people from throwing litter on my property. I don’t need the wall because the laws protecting my personal and real property are enforced and violations are punished.
I like being able to go to church and worship God. I can do this because the laws protecting my religious freedoms are protected.
These are just three things I enjoy. There are so many more. These freedoms exist because of the laws that protect my rights and punish those who would try to take those rights away.
What would happen if the laws were not enforced? I expect that many of us would see a decrease in our rights. More people would engage in activities that infringe on the rights of others. After all, by not enforcing the laws, we are motivating people to break the laws.
Eventually, we are faced with chaos. A nation where people break the law. A nation where only those with strength and power have any rights. Surely this is not what we want. The very reason that people want to come to America is because of the life that this nation promises. But that way of life can only exist in a society where laws are respected and enforced.
So, let’s uphold the laws. Let’s support those who enforce them. Let’s protect the rights and freedoms that belong to every person that is legally in this country.