While the blessings of liberty are endless - simultaneously harnessing the creative genius of man to produce enormous wealth while protecting the worth and dignity of all - the existence of liberty is but a fragile state, never more than a breath away from extinction.
Liberty requires dedicated and virtuous men and women to champion the cause, explaining the subtleties of its blessings to a new generation of people willing to carry the bright torch of freedom into an unknown future.
Occasionally great men full of knowledge and gifted by God with the ability to communicate ideas advance this cause, inspiring millions and generations yet unborn with timeless words appealing to the law of nature found within all mankind – a yearning and God given right to be free.
From Winston Churchill’s battle cry to oppose Nazi tyranny, to Charlton Heston’s passionate and convincing defence of the Second Amendment, and from Ronald Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater to his famous Brandenburg Gate remarks against communism, the below selection of speeches uniquely and powerfully promotes various notions of freedom.
And what better way to begin than with some of history’s most memorable 271 words in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address acknowledging the “last full measure of devotion” given by those laid to rest and urging those that remain to dedicate themselves to the task of protecting and defending the United States of America – “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
The 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan inspired a new generation of freedom loving people across America and around the world when he took office in 1981, unabashedly championing limited government, and the ability and dignity of all men to govern their own lives and determine their own destiny.
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Ronald Reagan -- June 12, 1987