Saturday, August 11, 2007

Peace is Patriotic?

Maybe you have seen the bumper sticker, "Peace is Patriotic." I believe this is true, peace is patriotic. However, seeing this with all of the other bumper stickers I see it displayed with, makes me think that they think that "War is Not Patriotic." And that is not true.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Patriot as, "One who loves, supports, and defends one's country." The same dictionary defines a peacenik as, "A political activist who publicly opposes war, a particular war, or the proliferation of weapons; a pacifist." I suspect that the bumper sticker bearers are peaceniks. And that's fine. They have the freedom in this country to think, believe, and say what they want. However, I think they have either forgotten, or they never knew, or maybe they don't even care where freedom came from.

Freedom is not free. There is a saying in economics that I think applies here, TANSTAAFL "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch." Somebody has to pay for it. Stores offer "free" items at the expense of their marketing budgets. God offers salvation to us "free" at the expense of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our right to be "free" came at the expense of those that that have gone before us that were willing to pay the ultimate price in war. But this freedom is not forever. For us to keep it, for our children to have it, somebody must be ready and willing to pay the price again. At least until there are no tyrants, no bullies that want to take it away.

Peace without war is capitulation. And to capitulate to an enemy, especially to the Jihadists of today, would mean subjugation. Subjugation is not freedom, nor is it free. We'll pay for it; with fear.

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