The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the simple fact that freedom is connected to well-informed citizens. No nation can maintain freedom without its citizenry being well-informed with the facts – the truth.
Our Savior, even Jesus Christ, taught the connection between knowing the truth and being free: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Thomas Jefferson understood the connection between liberty and being well informed and left several quotes about it. 1) “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” 2) “I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the conditions, promoting the virtue ad advancing the happiness of man.” 3) “I feel … an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.”
Jefferson obviously understood this connection between liberty and a well-informed citizenry: 4) “And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” 5) “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” 6) “Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, the people, if well informed, may be relied on to set them to rights.” 7) “It is an axiom in my mind that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that, too, of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This is the business of the state to effect, and on a general plan.”
On January 10, 1963, a list of 45 declared goals for the Communist takeover of America was read into the Congressional Record by Hon. A.S. Herlong, Jr. of Florida in the House of Representatives. (See Congressional Record – Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963.) It has now been fifty years since this record was made – and most of the goals have been met. Here are the goals that pertain to the topic today.
Goal #17: “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Goal #18: “Gain control of all student newspapers.”
Goal #19: “Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.”
Goal #20: “Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.”
Goal # 21: “Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.”
The Communists know that if Americans must be kept in the dark about their plans for America. They know that they must control the information that comes into lives. They know that they must control the schools in order to indoctrinate the rising generation. They know that they must control the media. They know that they must lie to Americans in order to take freedom away.
I am sure that it would have been easier to keep us in the dark without the alternative media on the Internet. The President and congressional leaders can tell their lies, and the main stream media will carry them. The truth comes from ordinary Americans over the Internet in blogs such as this one, Facebook, and other technology. We must fight for our right to know the truth and stand for the truth at all times! We must inform ourselves because the government and the main stream media will not give us the true facts. They do not want us to be well-informed!