Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Was It worth it?

This is a paper I wrote for Key of Liberty:

Was it worth it? By Olivia Sutter

After thousands had died was it worth it? My true belief is yes. The men that died were proud to die for their country. I recall Nathan Hale’s last words: “My only regret is that I have only one life to give for my country.” Would he have said this if he hated America? The answer is no. Do people really enjoy death, War, Sorrow or Hurt? No, they don’t, but they were/are willing to go through it to have Freedom, true Freedom.
In the Declaration of Independence it states that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Notice the word liberty. The founding fathers didn’t fight the war so they could fight later over who was going to be the king. They fought for liberty, freedom of kings, freedom to own your own land, freedom of speech.
Patrick Henry made this remarkable speech: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Do people ‘joke’ about stuff like that? No! They don’t. These men loved America they were willing to die for America. They fought for you and me. Would we even be here if it wasn’t for them? Would we have the gospel if not for them? They have every right to demand respect yet they don’t. They weren’t self-righteous. They were humble, decent men. Was it worth it to them? Yes. Was it worth it to me? Yes! Yes it was!!!

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