The gift of liberty

It’s something you know will happen one day, and you just pray you’ll be ready. The day you become a dad — God’s greatest gift, life — you cradle that little body knowing the journey is beginning and that special day is coming. For me those days happened this year, first our oldest daughter Aubrey turned 21 and you just have to ask, where did the years go? And now today, our youngest daughter Austen turns 18. You dream of raising quality young ladies who will be the embodiment of the principles and values upon which you were raised — and to be strong Christian girls. As a parent we pray the simple words of Solomon, Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

And so it is that today I awoke to a young 18-year-old daughter who I constantly pray will not depart from the ways in which Angela and I have tried to instruct. But also, I awake to a daughter living in interesting times when the very Republic for which her dad took an oath to guard is under assault.

My commitment to Aubrey and Austen is to pass on to them greater opportunities for their success and a more exceptional America. The challenge is that we are living in a time when our rule of law, the very foundation of our Republic — its Constitution — means nothing to the one who is supposed to uphold the Constitution and faithfully execute our laws.

We give our children gifts for their birthday and special celebrations and holidays like Christmas. However, on this day, I realize the greatest gift I can give Austen is a Constitutional Republic which is her special birthright as an American. What we must seek to give to our children not just on a special day but everyday is the gift that has truly kept giving for some 238 years in our country — the gift of liberty and freedom.

Happy 18th birthday Austen, I love you, and with my last breath, I will wrap up a special present for you: liberty.

And just so you all know, Dad got Austen a Toyota Prius.

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urbanvrwcmom
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With Thanksgiving drawing near, I’m sure that next to Jesus Christ, Austen is one of the things you are most thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving, Col. West and blessings to you and yours!

Tim Irving
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I’m sure she will appreciate both gifts. The car will likely be the most appreciated for now, but the other gift is the one we hope and pray that she will be able to appreciate the longest..

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elle
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Happy 18th Austen!

Earl Lee
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When are you headed to Ferguson???

Alondra
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Envious scumbag !!!

Earl Lee
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That’s very Christian like of u

Andy Martin
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Says the phukkin jag-0ff who said he wanted to see Darren Wilson lynched.

Judy Wilson Nolin
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What can he do in Ferguson? Their own Mayor and Governor have been made to bow out by Obama. He stopped the Guard from going in after the media lied and said they were there. They were NOT! All 3 of them should face charges for allowing the community to be burned down. The good people of Ferguson did not deserve that. Don’t you see what this is??? The looters and rioters could care less about that young man or his family. If they did, why burn his families town? Racist from other area’s went into Ferguson to start this… Read more »
Earl Lee
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If you listened to the speech Al Sharpton made at the boys funeral he called for PEACE!! he said no one could be more upset than the boys PARENTS and they also CALLED FOR PEACH! Please give me one example of when AL SHARPTON called for violence?? JUST ONE EXAMPLE!!
You LOONS NEVER look up any info yourselves and only go by the words of people like ALLEN (UNCLE RUCKUS) WEST! He will PROFIT from you loons believing MYTHS so he keeps pushing the MYTHS!!!

Earl Lee
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What can he do?? UPLIFT??? INSPIRE people with his own success story….Uncle Ruckus has no interest is that!

masteredq
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Go get your head examined you creep. Have some respect. DON’T YOU HAVE ANY KIDS??? Maybe your one of those gay guys 🙂

Earl Lee
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And when is he headed to Ferguson?? I’m waiting on the post where he puts down the black community…just waiting to here his plans….when is HE going!

MotherBatherick
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As Americans, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Their names are Allen, Angela, Aubrey and Austen West.