Freedom is helpless and worthless without people who believe in it and are willing to die for it.
It is not self-perpetuating. It does not beget itself.
On the contrary, freedom is bred, begotten, perpetuated by people - freedom lovers.
Freedom is not static. It is, rather, a force. That force is enervated and activated by freedom practitioners. They go to the polls and implement it. They campaign for it, or that candidate or party, and express it. They learn in school how to evaluate and understand it; they teach others to appreciate it and respect it.
Freedom lovers do not have to indulge in freedom-riding or freedom-sitting, or legislation-demanding.
Freedom is in the heart of the patriot, in his brain, his hands and feet, and on his lips. He lives and breathes and spreads freedom everywhere.
In the exercise of freedom he keeps his government clean and efficient and strong. He says to those who are bent on world dominion, "Don't tread on me," as he readies himself to spring into action to have and to hold this priceless gift from God.
-Donald F. Haynes