Published On: Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013

Mike Lee on freedom ‘liberty means responsibility’ and ‘Equality means we strive for justice peace and truth’

America is great because its people are good, but liberty means responsibility. That was the message from U.S. Senator Mike Lee on Sunday evening as he gave the keynote speech for the America’s Freedom Festival Patriotic Service.

Utah Senator Mike Lee

Utah Senator Mike Lee

“Asserting one’s rights is a big part of being a citizen,” said Lee. “Here, the people rule. The government works for us, and not the other way around.”

He said the two most important assertions of human rights in the history of the world were first the Sermon on the Mount and second the Declaration of Independence.

“With rights comes responsibilities,” he said. “Rights are only the beginning. The rest of the story is what we do with those rights. We can govern a nation only as much as we govern ourselves.”

Human rights are endowed by the creator of the world, and therefore we owe our gratitude to the creator, and the way we serve our creator is by serving our neighbors.

“We are all equal as children of God and as a nation,” he said. “Equality means we strive for justice, peace, and truth. We repair the world one day and one decision at a time. Our nation’s success depends on service.”

Noting that the nation is enduring political strife, Lee states “We the people, not the government, will form a more perfect union,” he said, noting that when people cease to lift one another’s burdens then the government gets involved “and makes it worse for everyone. Service is a choice. Freedom is a choice. America is a choice.”


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