"Freedom is a fragile thing and it's never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people." Ronald Reagan said those famous words in his First Inaugural Address as Governor of California in 1967. He's exactly right. Freedom is a gift from God.
Yes, it's a human right, but it's also something that can be taken away by tyrannical overreach. Freedom is always at risk of being just one generation away from total extinction. That's why it's so fundamentally important for every generation to understand the impact they have on the future of this great experiment called America. With our everyday freedoms being stripped away, our freedom is less than one generation away from extinction. If the Democrats have their way, it'll be gone before we know it.
The Supreme Court ruled that Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for private companies across the country was unconstitutional and struck it down in a 6-3 vote. It should have been a simple 9-0 decision in favor of medical freedom, but that's another debate for another time. If the highest court in the land didn't step in, millions and millions of Americans across the country would have been laid off unconstitutionally because of their personal medical choice.
Now let's pause and take a breath. This is not a vaccine rant. Let me be clear, I'm pro-vaccines. I think vaccines are great things and have protected us for years. But I'm also pro-medical freedom and don't think that the government or anybody for that matter should mandate any medicine for you to take against your will. If you want to get vaccinated, you should go get vaccinated. If you don't, you shouldn't. I think the Trump administration made historic breakthroughs with Operation Warp Speed and the development of vaccines and therapeutics. And, the government's partnership with private businesses that made that possible was incredible and should be highly praised. That doesn't give government the right to force Americans to get a vaccine against their will.
Right now in America, we are seeing brazen violations of our freedoms and fundamental rights before our very eyes. And it's not just forced jabs.
Lockdowns, mask mandates, and everything else Fauci and the CDC have dictated via "guidance and regulations" over the past two years have slowly but surely blurred the fine line between freedom and government overreach.
COVID was the perfect opportunity for the Democrats and power-hungry elites to strip you of our freedoms. The Democratic Party's campaign slogan should be "never let a crisis go to waste," and they have monopolized COVID to impose every restriction they can to get Americans comfortable with a lack of freedom. They justified it with "science." They told us that it was to "help the greater good" and we were "selfish" if we dared question the efficacy of masks or vaccines. Crystal Eastman once said, "A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection."
But watching our freedoms fade away right before our eyes is not a fate we have to accept. I believe that my generation is full of strong and vocal patriots who are ready to fight for this country. If we stand up and push back against this Communist take over of America, my generation may be blessed enough to grow old in a democracy, just like generations before us. With Joe Biden in control of the White House, Nancy Pelosi leading the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer presiding over the Senate, we've seen our freedoms fade over the past year.
We've seen our freedoms come close to extinction, but that's not the fate we have to accept. A lot of Americans will get to vote for the first time this November in the midterm election, and when they walk into that ballot box, they'll have a choice: freedom or tyranny. I have faith that my generation will make the right choice, our great nation will be set back on the right course, and the great experiment called America will continue on into the future.
Brilyn Hollyhand is a 15-year-old Conservative Commentator and the Editor in Chief of The Truth Gazette, available at www.TheTruthGazette.com. @Truth_Gazette