From John Porter–Have we Lost our Spirit of Liberty?

From: John Porter <>
To: Gene <>;  and 30 others
Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: The Elections:

I received an email from one of my friends in freedom this morning stating she couldn’t decide what to do concerning this presidential election. I here share my reply to her, for your consideration also.

I would like to ask you, if you would please, just sit with me some where in a quiet place, erase any political party agenda completely from our thoughts, think and speak honestly and truthfully about something for a few moments only as free American people, namely the Spirit of Liberty, the sacred tie that binds us together.

  What is spirit? Webster’s Dictionary : breath, courage, vigor, the soul, life; the thinking, motivating, feeling part of man, often as distinguished from the body.

What is Liberty? Webster’s Dictionary: Freedom from any form of arbitrary control; the sum of rights and exemptions possessed in common by the people of a community or state; exemption from compulsion.

The Spirit of Liberty has to be in the hearts and minds of the people. Individual Liberty will only be preserved as long as there is devotion to freedom, expressed in the hearts and actions of the people. Our desire for Individual Liberty must be stronger than those who desire to turn us into their subjects under the arbitrary control of government.

This American experiment in people being individually free and governing themselves is unique in all the history of man, because it places Individual Liberty above all other forms of government.
In 1775 Alexander Hamilton said, “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be looked for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself, and can never be erased.” It has been said, “History moves toward freedom because the desire for freedom is written in every human heart.” I ask you, why on earth are we allowing our Liberty to be taken from us? Have we let our hearts grow void of the desire to remain free and just willingly give up our God-given right to think and act for ourselves without government dictating to us how we should live our lives? Have we lost our Spirit of Liberty?

The current state of corruption, the lies, deception and incompetence in our government, the seemingly uncaring, uninterested, too busy attitude of a great many people does not bode well for our future as a free Republic. However, as someone has said, “We can look back on the past 240 years with the utmost pride and amazement at what this unlikely nation has achieved; and this was due to nothing but the fertile ground of the Spirit of Liberty within the people”.

The Constitution of a government, as vital as it is when followed, will never be a substitute for staving off oppression as will the Constitution (spirit) of the people. If we are to keep our liberty, it must come from, not a bias media, not from political party bosses, but the people’s Spirit of Liberty. It is who or what we choose, not their choice for us.

Now let’s think current politics for a brief moment. Let us together resolve to rekindle that spirit before it is to late to have an effect. As and example, (one pol) is saying, let’s “Make America Great Again.” He is talking to you and me, not those others I just mentioned. They don’t like him. It will be up to us. It’s you and I,  choosing for ourselves, standing against them and their choosing for us.

My fellow Friends in Freedom, all it may apply to, I hope what I have written here will help you decide what to do. You see, (another pol) does not believe in what you just read. S/he (another pol) studied under ********* and did her post graduate thesis on how great his teachings were. If s/he becomes president, ******** issuing executive orders, compared to him/er, will look like a baby. Make no mistake, s/he will place people on the Supreme Court who also think like him/er and *****. I pray to Almighty God that you will think about how potentially destructive this election could be to the future of our Liberty, our freedom from government control of our lives if s/he is allowed to hold power over us.
Consider the very tall lady standing on Ellis Island in New York harbor holding a torch of light high above her head. We call her, THE STATUE OF LIBERTY.

John Porter

118 Approach Drive
Harrison, Arkansas

And for those of you that do not know the full and wonderful poem by Emma Lazarus, here it is:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus, c. 1883

3 thoughts on “From John Porter–Have we Lost our Spirit of Liberty?

    • I am soooo sorry to hear that. And I agree the probate system is a national tragedy. I want to work on a “right to diverson” to “Elder Assistants” that are volunteer or low cost and they just meet with the elder once per week and help them pay bills and make decisions. The system is nuts. It can be replaced with an app on a cell phone.

  1. That’s what my parents came here for . I always remember that statue holding up the light . It meant freedom . It meant opportunity, With no help they worked and slaved and blessed that they were able . Then because they had accumulated , Everything they worked for taken . My mother put into a locked dementia unit when nothing was wrong with her . Isolated , injured , drugged , all assets put into others pockets. There is nothing so evil as to do this to people.

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