Preserving freedom is our most noble cause. But it demands sacrifice. And the noblest sacrifice next to giving one’s life is living it with real integrity. Character matters. Perhaps today more than ever.
America My Home is an inspirational patriotic song based on a premise: Freedom and character are interdependent. Each one of us has the responsibility to keep the dream of freedom alive. No law can really protect us or help us thrive – only character.
America’s true greatness lies not so much in her military might or economic power but in her people of good character who honor her best ideals and upon whom the very survival of freedom depends.
Our nation was founded on a simple premise: Leave decent, noble people alone to pursue their dreams and they’ll inevitably not only prosper themselves but but also foster prosperity for their community.
Each of us has a duty to keep the dream of freedom alive, and that’s the message of “America, My Home” (Anthem for the Millennium), which my wife and I wrote at the turn of the new millennium.
Leave people with a good moral compass alone to pursue their dreams and they’ll inevitably forge a prosperous life not only for themselves but also for others. That’s how it works. But in the absence of integrity, ethics, and a sense of higher purpose, there are always pressures to curtail freedoms.
No matter how many laws and regulations we put into place, the selfish, greedy, and callous among us will always find a way to render them useless.
The values we profess to cherish are our individual responsibility to preserve and uphold. For reasons too vast to fully enumerate, character really does matter, and how great we are as a people is completely dependent upon what kind of persons we are individually.
If people of character are given opportunity and freedom, greatness and prosperity inevitably follows. When people abuse the freedoms they have and behave recklessly and irresponsibly, all of society suffers.