"In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere."1
April 18, 1775-British troops have landed on the American shore in order to subdue the colonists. On the evening of the birth of the United States of America, Paul Revere rode through the night with a message for his fellow Americans. He warned them "to be up and to arm" 1-to resist the threat to their Freedom.
Live Free or Die.
That simple motto resides on the license plate of every resident of New Hampshire, a constant reminder of the sacred principle that our forefathers fought for during the Revolutionary War, our grandfathers fought for during World War II, and which stares us down in the face of the 9/11 attack.
On that fateful Tuesday, through no fault of their own, citizens of the United States of America paid the ultimate price for our collective freedom and democracy, dying due to the despicable acts of depraved madmen. Much like JFK's assassination, and Pearl Harbor a generation before, September 11, 2001 will be remembered as yet another day that will live in infamy, another innocence lost for the American people and a change in the way we live our lives.
Historical events such as the examples aforementioned attest to the threats on American freedom. Our liberty, however, is always threatened; and as we move through the years, the nature of the threats change as it is manifested in different ways. Sometimes, it is a single action like 9/11; and at other times, it is a movement like communism, the recent growth of ethnic turmoil, and the rise of religious fundamentalism.
The visible effects of these threats are often impossible to miss: gray smoke rising as billowing plumes, F-14s crisscrossing the skies, crumbling debris littering the streets, blackened countrysides shaken by explosions. But it is often the less …