Freedom And Duty – Are They Mutually Exclusive?

With the 4th of July holiday now over in the United States, I have been thinking about the freedoms that Americans have been taking for granted lately.  Harvard Univeristy released an article stating that 4th of July celebrations are just “right-wing” propoganda.  When did celebrating the birth of our nation and the establishment of freedom become propoganda?  So, to the good people at Harvard and those who agree with their position, I respond with the following:

It is astounding to me that for 200 years patriotism was a duty of all citizens and now it’s considered a choice. Freedom and duty are not mutually exclusive – it is our attention to duty that enables us to be free. Freedom without duty (and accountability and responsibility) is anarchy, and is not what our founding fathers envisioned for this country.

The politically-correct-history-revisionists would make us believe that freedom absolves us from our duty to our country and to each other, absolves us from personal responsibility, absolves us from the necessity of being held accountable for our actions, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is the understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves that must be protected, nurtured, and, yes, obeyed, that makes our freedoms possible. Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want whenever you want (hear that Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen?), it is the right to live free of tyrany, slavery, and opression.

Freedom was never intended to be a free-to-do-anything right – that, too, is anarchy. Freedom is the right to live free from fear of our government and our political leaders. THAT is the freedom our founding fathers gave us, and until we start defending THAT freedom again by doing our patriotic duty, by celebrating citizens over non-citizens, by identifying ourselves as one nation and one culture rather than a hodge-podge of multiculturalist nonsense, by acting personally responsible and holding everyone accountable for their actions regardless of who they are, we, as a nation, are doomed to the decay and destruction of anarchy. Freedom requires hard work – it is not a justification for laziness!

We should all focus on our duty to protectour freedom, or we will surely lose our freedom.  Our freedom is founded on the concept of selflessness (putting country before individual) rather than selfishness (putting the individual before country), and we all need to remember that freedom and selfishness work against each other in all cases. Exalting one’s self is not a right – it is the manifestation of irresponsibility, believing that the duty to defend our liberties is someone else’s job.  It is all of our job, and we need to get back to work.

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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