Now this isn't something that has just come up recently, no, it has been an issue for us since even before our nation was officially created. Even as Colonies far from their parent nation across the Atlantic, the American subjects of the Crown tried to live by faith in communities that tried to maintain peace, yet they lost sight of what was happening to them from their King. Instead of being treated as equal value Englishmen, they became nothing but an asset to be exploited with no redress of grievances. So, after having coming to America to live a better life, they decided that they must disavow their King and forge a path of their own by declaring themselves free. Why? Because that's what happens when the simmering light of a better future causes the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT.
Later, when internal division threatened to permanently tear America apart, a great leader led the effort to end the rebellion after four long years and when in the aftermath, it looked like the defeated might end up forever in a state of martial law governance, the light of freedom saw its way to the rebirth of a nation of equals which made the nation even stronger thereafter. That's what happens when the fire of the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT.
Even later, in the twentieth century, the United States fought in two world wars, with the second even being against two determined opponents on opposite sides of the world at once and prevailed. It was costly and bloody, but it was accomplished. How? Because the hope of the flame of liberty refused to be totally extinguished and that's what happens when the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT. And in so doing, we taught the vanquished how to govern themselves in a way that treated their citizens to a dose of freedom as well.
Today, that same TORCH OF LIBERTY is under dramatic pressure from those among us who say that liberty isn't even important. But as evidenced by things such as the event yesterday in Richmond, Virginia where constitution-loving citizens gathered together to tell a misguided Governor to stop the madness, the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT. And the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT in the hearts of all Americans who refuse to sit and will remain standing for a government that is representative of the people and must work with the consent of the governed. Any effort to change that concept of governance, of which there are many, will be vigorously opposed and ultimately defeated as long as the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT.
So, good Americans, we must stay alert and vigilant and never succumb to the easy way that so many promise with a smile on their face as they plan to fleece our pockets. For there is no easy way to freedom. Freedom require hard work and dedication, sometimes even blood, but as long as good people in great numbers are willing to commit to the cause and a way of life that is the essence of the American experiment in self-governance, we will make sure that the TORCH OF LIBERTY STAYS LIT. And that, my friends, will retain our freedom. God bless America and may she ever be free.