Guest Post: Standing for Freedom by Mikaela Nadeau
Updated: May 5, 2022
I think one of the most fascinating things to me is how much I've become enlightened to the world of politics. I grew up in Portland, Maine to a pair of hard-working parents. At the time I never truly appreciated just how much they worked to provide a comfortable life for my sister and I. In reality we were never left wanting. As such I went down the predictable path of liberal democratic policies as soon as I could legally vote. At one point I was a registered Green Party member, and I voted for President Obama (twice).
Then reality hit me like a ton of bricks when my adult life actually took hold, I had bills to pay, student loans to pay off, and a home to take care of. Nothing struck me harder than my loss of a future full time job like the ripple effect of Obamacare. What was once a great victory to me, became an eye opening reality into the effects of big government overreach and consequences. I could no longer work more than 34 hours because it officially made me a full time employee despite the fact that I did not require any coverage at all. Instead of feeling like I had it made, I felt betrayed.
Ever the realist, it didn't take me long to become educated in the world of politics, and the way government could make or break a person and culture.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. -President Ronald Reagan
I got married to my husband in 2014 and thus entered my plunge into politics, and while I may not have been as involved as I am now I learned a lot. I went to political rallies, I donated money to campaigns, and I helped distribute information in a previous Facebook group.
I won't tell you how many other eye opening experiences I had, but let's just say that the past two years have opened many individuals’ minds to how much our freedom is fragile and needs to be defended.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. -President Ronald Reagan
If there's one thing you can count on from me, it's that I will always stand for the promise inside the founding father's documents. So I shall leave you with some more quotes from that same time frame, and let it resonate how much it is still relevant today, if not more so.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. -George Washington
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Thomas Jefferson
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin
It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. -Samuel Adams
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