I wrote this email after signing up through this offer. You may copy and distribute this essay to anyone. However, if you are going to stand for Freedom, don't do it anonymously. That only robs you of the Freedom to "Make up your own mind."
Feel free to change my name to your own and personalize it as needed. If you believe the message, spread it.Freedomâ€™s Top 10 List
Please forgive the impersonal nature of a generic email from an unknown person. My name is Paul Rose and I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I am an Average Guy in an Average City in an Average State. I am not a lawyer or an intellectual. My education came from the public schools and a state university. As in Emily Dickinsonâ€™s little poem, â€œIâ€™m nobody! Who are you?â€
I am writing to everyone in my list of email contacts because I believe that they are Free People living in a Free Nation, the United States of America. Should this message pass beyond the borders of the USA, I hope you also enjoy the Freedoms which were endowed to you by Almighty God.
In the United States, our founders considered Freedom so precious that they fought and died for it. Their second attempt to form a workable government resulted in the Constitution which governs us today. However, they realized that any central government would tend to tyranny if it was not held in check by the individualâ€™s right of Freedom. The original state legislatures insisted that the rights of the individual be specifically spelled out and protected. The Bill of Rights was adopted as â€œFreedomâ€™s Top 10 List.â€
1. The Freedom to be an individual with Freedom of Conscience
2. The Freedom to defend oneâ€™s rights, with force if necessary
3. The Freedom from intrusion by the State
4. The Freedom of security in oneâ€™s property
5. The Freedom from unjust prosecution
6. The Freedom of timely justice
7. The Freedom of a jury trial
8. The Freedom from excessive punishment
9. The Freedom of all rights common to Man
10. The Freedom from power grabs by a central governmentFrom the National Archives website, â€œThe Charters of Freedomâ€ --â€During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a "bill of rights" that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.
On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.â€ http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html
This â€œCharter of Freedomâ€ is the bedrock of American society. Our governments and institutions may build on this foundation of Freedom, but they must not chip away at it. All politicians and their flunkies pay lip service to Freedom, but not all of them actively defend it. To establish their own realms of power and control, they routinely attempt to deny the Freedom of the individual in small, seemingly well-intentioned ways. Anyone who seeks to deny or dilute your Freedom must be stopped.
Freedom of Conscience is our first and foremost right. â€œMake up you own mind.â€
The right to defend your Freedom is equally important. Please consider joining the National Rifle Association.
The NRA stands in opposition to those who would deny your constitutional Freedoms. Even if you hate guns, your Freedom has been defended by Americans keeping and bearing arms. If that right can be denied to the people, all our Freedoms are in jeopardy. Faced with a radically anti-gun president and administration, the NRA is Freedomâ€™s first line of defense.
I recently learned that the NRA is offering a FREE, 1-year trial membership. The offer is found at www.nrahq.org/nrabonus/
This is a blatant attempt to recruit new members and pump up their numbers and influence. Thatâ€™s okay with me, but â€œMake up your own mind.â€
If you love Freedom and own a gun, it is your duty to support those who are fighting on your behalf.
If you love Freedom but donâ€™t own a gun, support the defenders of Freedom.
If you love Freedom but hate guns, consider defending the Freedom of others who have â€œmade up their own minds.â€
If you think Freedom should be restricted, delete this email. â€œMake up your own mind.â€
If you think others should receive this message, pass it on. â€œMake up your own mind.â€