Listening for the sounds of libertyOn a recent Sunday afternoon I was working on my roof when I became aware of the gunshots I could hear from several directions.
It was not the occasional shot that can be heard during hunting season, but it was the slow-paced reports of target practice.
As I listened I imagined what the Redcoats heard as they retreated from Lexington in 1776. The firing from the forests and fields as the first American soldiers drove them back to Boston. Every man a patriot. Every man a warrior. Can we do less? The oath of office pledges the elected servant to defend the Constitution, hence the people, from all enemies foreign and domestic.
All over America, citizen soldiers are taking silent oaths to protect and defend their families and the country from the misdirected people who would turn our Republic into a socialist totalitarian land of oppression.
Next Sunday I will climb up on the roof and listen again. I will listen for the sound of liberty.
John Hickman, Newnan