Saturday, August 11, 2007
About two hundred thirty years ago our forefathers declared independence from England. They were able to do so because of three major factors. There were men who had a desire to be free from certain bonds, they had the courage to stand up for their beliefs and they communicated that to others and stirred up support through writing. Today, because of those men's courage and fore site, one of our greatest freedoms and most useful freedoms is the freedom of speech or expression. Benjamin Franklin once said the pen is mightier that the sword. The Bible says the tongue is like a sword. Throughout history people have realized the power of words. That is why the dark ages existed, because the words of men were stifled by power hungry men. A few words can bring about more change than years of work. They have the power to build up or tear down. Here, in the greatest country in the world, we the people hold that power. So we should use it. Here I make my stand. I take up my pen and defend my power.