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Reality and Liberty
By Susan Callaway, Editor

October 26, 2009

This is a message sent to a friend who had told me he was continuing to pursue political answers because he had decided that the ideals of liberty and justice would never be a reality... that people wanted to be slaves and have a ruler so it was pretty pointless to try convincing them they really needed freedom.

My answer:

Reality? What is that? We each make our own reality, each moment, right where we are. We must recognize and build liberty and justice in our own life, our own circle of friends, and our own community the best we can always. ONLY that will ever build a free society.

None of us, and no group or number of us, will ever save the world... will ever convince everyone - or even most - to seek and live that liberty. Most men want a ruler indeed, because the alternative is personal responsibility and hard work. All we demand from them is to be left alone.

But if we let their choice deny the possibility of freedom in our own lives, we will die in slavery too.

Reach for the "impossible," always! Follow the "dreamers" who gave their lives, fortune and sacred honor to the ideals of liberty and justice in the face of the most crushing opposition they could imagine. Do you think that Jefferson or Samuel Adams thought there was much chance they could lead a rebellion against the king and actually WIN? Wouldn't it have been wise for them to just wait a while until they had convinced more of the colonists to understand and back their play?

How about those who actually went to be burned at the stake or beheaded, simply because they believed that the earth was a globe, that the earth circled the sun, that Jesus Christ was God and Man.... all of those completely "impossible" things mankind has lived and died for. Were they true because everyone believed it, or true because they were true?

If not now, when? If not you, then who?

And none of your dreams will become reality as long as you are firmly convinced that they never can be.

Your comments and feedback are welcome!
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See "Lysander Spooner – No Treason No. 6: The Constitution of No Authority

Links from the previous articles:

Neither Predator Nor Prey, by Mark Spungin

Self ownership essay: http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/eight.asp

The Ludwig von Mises Institute: http://www.mises.org/

What about the "poor?" - Reinventing America: http://www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.asp?control=289

Advocates for Self-government: http://www.self-gov.org/home.shtml

John Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime"

Dial 911 and Die

Second Amendment Sisters -- Self defense is a basic human right.

Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership -- Learn more about the real meaning of the Bill of Rights and the people who have fought to preserve it.

Keep And Bear Arms -- a grassroots movement of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is a call to action, a call for self-education, and a 21 gun salute to the many good men and women who fought and died to bring America into being.

Gun Owners of America -- "Gun Owners of America was instrumental in mobilizing the grassroots to fight the crime bill."
-Sen. Rod Grams (R-MN

Opencarry.org - Great forum for those who open carry.

The Cornered Cat
By Kathy Jackson

Death By Gun Control

Rosie vs. Reality: What Every Woman Must Know
By Richard W. Stevens

These will lead you to many others.


Open Carry - Mama's Got A (BIG) Gun!

Why Do You Carry A Gun?

Open Carry - For Better or Worse

Is WalMart The Next Disarmed Victim Zone?

WalMart Open Carry Resolved

Open Carry, A Reader's Feedback

Trusting God - No Greater Love

Would Crime Cease in a Gun Free World?

When Rights Collide

The Man I Might Have Killed

Why Do I Need To Defend Myself?

Book Review - Neither Preditor Nor Prey

Who Died And Made YOU G-d?

My Perfect Christmas

They Hate Our Guns?

Another Open Carry Day

Open Carry Challenge

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[Susan Callaway is a Certified NRA instructor for handguns and Personal Protection in The Home.

Classes can be especially geared for the novice woman, especially those who are afraid of guns]