What is the relationship between freedom and peace?
In America we are granted liberties within the context of the Constitution and its amendments, so that every one of us can enjoy peace. Freedom is the foundation on which peace is built. Without freedom, peace crumbles away into dissent. Tyranny fosters turmoil and discontent that will fester until an inevitable revolution—much like it did for the American colonists. Perhaps Patrick Henry, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, said it best: “Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace!—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that the gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet 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!” These same truths remain relevant today. We must remain ever vigilant to the cause that our forefathers went to war for, and that our nation has fought for and defended throughout our history. Our rights, the freedoms that were established at the birth of our nation, must be protected or else we will never truly have peace.
“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.” ― Ronald Reagan, The Quest for Peace, the Cause of Freedom )
“Freedom without peace is agony, and peace without freedom is slavery.” –David Johnston