The Price Of Freedom
It’s hot. In fact, it’s more than hot… it’s sweltering. Yet, despite the heat and the generally somber mood of the country, there will be 4th of July celebrations all across this country. It will be a day of flag waving, barbeques, family gatherings, street parades, and picnic lunches. Each of them will commemorate the founding of this country, and each will remember the sacrifice of those brave patriots and every solder that has come after them who has fought for liberty and freedom.
However, ten years before America actually declared her independence, revolution had begun. And that revolution began under a 100-year-old elm tree in Boston, when on September 10, 1765, a copper plate with large gold letters was hung in its branches, declaring the tree “The Tree of Liberty.”
To understand the inscription, we need to realize what was happening at the time. The British had accumulated a massive war debt during the French and Indian War and they needed a way to pay it off. Much like today, the first and most obvious means of raising revenue was through a tax. And on March 22, 1765, the Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament.
This tax had an effect the British were not expecting… it enraged the colonists like no other tax had up to that point.
You see, the Stamp Act required a tax be paid on ALL documents: legal documents, permits, commercial contracts, newspapers, pamphlets, and even playing cards! The colonists viewed the tax not only as an onerous financial burden, but as a form of censorship since it would limit the colonists’ ability to read and write freely.
The colonists’ anger would not be abated, and one hot summer day, August 14th, 1765, a crowd gathered around this large elm tree in Boston to protest this onerous tax. In the tree they hung an effigy of Andrew Oliver, the man charged with collecting the Stamp Tax. There was also a British cavalry jackboot hanging from the branches. An imp-like devil poked its head out of the boot. In its hands was a scroll that said “Stamp Tax.”
This was the first blatant act of defiance against the British Empire. This is why the great elm tree became known as “The Tree of Liberty.” And this was just the beginning! As 1766 rolled around, the tree became a rallying point for the Sons of Liberty, men who were to become the leaders and champions of the forthcoming American Revolution.
Even after the Stamp Act was repealed, the revolutionary movement continued to gather steam. And with the siege of Boston, the first phase of the American Revolution began. British Loyalists cut down the Tree of Liberty in a spiteful act of retaliation against the liberty-minded colonists. But the memories and values that tree represented continued to live on in the hearts of the colonists. Soon flags began to appear with the Liberty Tree image emblazoned on them and were flown during many battles during the Revolutionary War.
And yet, for all that the Liberty Tree stood for, few Americans today know about this important chapter in American history. We have lost our way… we have forgotten where we came from. Our national memory of these events have been all but left in the dustbin of history. Children today can’t even tell us who the Founding Fathers were. They can’t tell us why this great experiment in liberty was even begun. And they don’t understand the basis of what Americans have inherently believed through the years and why. Perhaps this is why Thomas Jefferson cautioned:
Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic, but will they keep it? Or will they in their enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of their freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction. I tremble for my country when I realize that God is just.
Look around you. What we have today is exactly what Jefferson described: “Material abundance without character.” And that lack of character brings us lack of morals and integrity in the political process, with elected officials who are more worried about the money they can squirrel away in their freezers and 401Ks and offshore accounts than the business of the American people. We live in a time when avarice and illusions of power compel men and women to enslave their constituents in onerous tax burdens and to deprive them of their inherent rights under God.
We need to remember. We need to remember how our liberty was won. We need to remember the virtues of faith, love, and self-discipline. We need to remember the values and morals that made this country great. With that in mind, I want to tell you about an exciting product that commemorates our country’s fight for freedom in exquisite detail.
The Liberty Blanket
The Liberty Blanket is a thick warm blanket made in America with 100% all-natural cotton. In the center of the blanket is an image of the Liberty Tree — the same tree that was a rallying point for the Sons of Liberty… the same tree that became a symbol of the colonists’ unwavering spirit of liberty.
Above the Liberty Tree is the statement “Appeal to God.” This phrase was used regularly by Washington and other Founding Fathers to announce to the world that their rights and liberties came from a sovereign Creator.
In the corners of the blanket are four images that represent the four pillars of American freedom: Education, Church, Civil Government, and Justice.
I know… it’s hot as Hades out there. But this blanket is the perfect picnic blanket for your 4th of July celebrations or any celebration for that matter. It’s the perfect avenue for striking up a conversation with your friends, family, and neighbors. If we want to restore our Republic, then we’re going to have to educate our fellow citizens on her beginnings and why we’re here today. What better way to open a conversation than with this beautiful blanket and all the symbolism represented on it?
These Liberty Blankets are regularly $59.95, but they are on sale right now for a special introductory rate of just $39.95 each. Order your Liberty blanket today, and begin spreading the truth of our American heritage.
P.S. The Liberty Blanket reminds us that we are one nation under God. It reminds us that liberty comes at a price, and that we must be vigilant if we want to preserve that liberty. Consider getting two or three Liberty Blankets and give the extras away as gifts. Go to: www.LibertyBlanket.com
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