There is only one valid argument for the use of violence: Self-defense.Dear Great Britain,
We're sorry we rebelled against your lawful authority over us. Please restore the shackles of tyranny that you had previously prepared in 1775.
We joyfully submit to all of these acts with retroactive effect and interest. We gladly will pay reparations to you for the pain and suffering caused by our forefathers' use of violence in the pursuit of liberty and freedom.
Your humble subject,
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It's a scary thing to face up to and applaud our liberty as a country. Because when you do, you must acknowledge and approve of the ends as well as the means. It's either that or you give it back with interest as if liberty were ill-gotten gain.
When you make that acknowledgement and approval, you are immediately open to the question, Will you follow in their footsteps? Are you? If not, why not? What excuse can you offer to the souls of those who died to secure the liberty that you enjoy?
According to Jesus, if a man puts his shoulder to the plow and then turns back, he's unworthy of the kingdom of heaven. I believe that this principle applies to liberty as well. How unworthy is it to enjoy the fruits of liberty, but disdains the seeds which must be planted and tended?
I direct the reader to an "oldie" here at the Cliffs:
Freedom requires offense.