I dream that music would be put to exalted words by or about beau ideals to regenerate interest in their principles. I conceptualized The Pursuit of Happiness Album. This is the 13th song:
Pay the Freedom-Debt Forward
To the principle of Individual Rights
We owe our joy, wealth, Life
Secure the Declaration by moral might
Honor freedom: pay the debt forward.
Fight! That the Founders live on
Think! That innocents will breathe reason
Extol precious Liberty! By right: cheer
To freedom lovers: Happiness is dear.
Benjamin Franklin, polymathic politician and inventor
Described his social invention in 1784:
"I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you.
When you… meet with another honest Man in similar Distress,
You must pay me by lending this Sum to him;
Enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation,
When he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity.
I hope it may thus go thro' many hands,
Before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress.
This is a trick of mine
For doing a deal of good with a little money."
Ben Franklin prayed for the spread of Liberty:
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country....
God grant that not only the love of liberty
But a thorough knowledge of the rights of man
May pervade all the nations of the earth,
So that a philosopher may set his foot
Anywhere on its surface and say:
This is my country."
"The liberties of our Country,
The freedom of our civil constitution
Are worth defending at all hazards,”
Said Boston Tea Party organizer Samuel Adams.
“We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance
From our worthy Ancestors:
They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger
And expense of treasure and blood;
And transmitted them to us with care and diligence.
It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation…
If we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle;
Or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men….
Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity;
And resolve to maintain the rights bequeath'd to us from the former, …
If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it,
And… millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event."
Thomas Jefferson said: “Honor, justice, and humanity,
Forbid us to tamely surrender that freedom
Which we received from our gallant ancestors,
And which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.
We cannot endure the infamy and guilt
Of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness
Which inevitably awaits them
If we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”
The American Revolutionaries lit the Freedom Torch
Swear to keep Liberty aflame, they sought
Pay the Freedom-debt forward, Dear Americans
Go Liberty! Through many hands and lands!