Part Three

It was a total surprise when it was announced that I was the recipient of the annual Lexington Award by the Freedom School. After the ceremony I met some of the distinguished guests who had received the award in prior years. I was not familiar with the award, because this was my first visit for Patriots Day. However I had visited the school previously.

Kevin Cullinane and wife Patricia are teachers and founders of Freedom Mountain Academy ten years ago. They purchased this corner of land in the wilderness of Northeast Tennessee, and built this beautiful facility, a co-ed boarding school for high school students. The entire campus was carved out of the wilderness not far off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Kevin and I both studied at Rampart College in Colorado Springs, a graduate school founded by Robert Lefevre based upon The Philosophy of Freedom. A part of the curriculum was a very comprehensive course in the Philosophy of Freedom, taught by Lefevre and other instructors. After Robert Lefevre passed, Kevin took over, and held seminars across the country teaching the philosophy of Freedom, before creating Freedom Mountain Academy.

At the entrance to Rampart College was a sign that read, “Any man who desires freedom will find a way to have it.” Those who understand Freedom, and apply the Principles to their individual lives, are not an organization, because each person is unique, and is based upon Individualism and is based upon one’s Right to “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of happiness,” according to the Declaration of Independence and the tenets of the the Ten Commandments.

Despite the fact, those who seek Freedom are not an organization, and not sure if it could be labeled a “movement.” Those involved in its pursuit have a way of finding each other. I daresay it’s all based upon “the Law of Attraction.” Like water we seek our own level, and like birds we sometimes flock together.

Freedom has been described as self-responsibility and self-control. No more and no less than just that. The basic tenets of it are based upon things not to do as well of things we should do. Similar to the Ten Commandments, of which seven are “shall nots” and three are commandments of postive action, like love thy God and thy neighbor as thyself.

Because of the inherent resistance to the controls and system of thievery of political governments, the paradigm of the Philosophy of Freedom may seem paradoxical to some. However, when studied and understood it is totally consistent with those inalienable Rights given to us by our Creator.

In this connection, we are interested in what other individuals are doing to enhance their wellbeing, relative to the basic tenets of the Philosophy of Freedom, because we are now engaged in a war, a battle, so to speak, of ideas. Specifically it boils down to whether or not we will be Free to manage our own lives or whether we will live in bondage according to the doles and controls of political government. The very idea of individual freedom is under attack, globally. Hence we can honestly admit we are in a battle, and we will win or lose, there is no inbetween.

As far back as I can remember, I’m an individual who has stood up, and fought in the battle. I’m not groupy and steer clear of joining in organizations. Therefore the many times political government has so infringed upon my Rights, and those of my children, I have jumped in where angels fear to tread and resist the infringment via controls. Consequently, so many times in the past my battles have been with the socialised school system, and the abuses it heaps upon individual innocent children.

In Nevada I fought the schools over the Communist teaching in textbooks. In Tennessee I waged a fight over the many abuses in the school system there; and in Georgia, I fought the forced immunizations imposed upon my child. In each battle I stood alone, and waged my fight according to the basic tenets of a battle plan to win. Nothing happenstance about my approach to the problem, and I outlined my plan of battle before I began, with a list of things I would do and would not do.

In reference to the forced immunizations issue in Georgia, I filed a lawsuit in Federal court, claiming forced immunizations were unconstitutional, won the case and my child finished school without ever having any kind of shots, and the judges ordered the law in Georgia changed.

In Tennessee I battled the compulsory attendance law, and removed my children from the system and homeschooled when it was unheard of back in the sixties.

There have been many other areas I battled, however I relate these because it was my battles with the school system, which prompted the Freedom School to award me the Lexington medal for the year 2011.

I was sitting in the front row when the founder began the presentations. I think there were three persons awarded the medal. I was having a problem with a pain in my leg and when he began I got up walked into the rear of the large conference room and laid down on a couch, where my daughter in law sat, and listened to the introduction of the awards. I looked at her and said, he sounds like he’s talking about me. I was taken by total surprise when he concluded with my name. I was so stunned I could hardly walk back to the podium.

He presented me with this beautiful gold medal around my neck which read: “Freedom School Lexington award to Anne Cleveland, 2011, Flame of Freedom Bearer.”

Then the Director presented me with a scroll with these beautiful words: “To Anne Cleveland, in recognition of her lifelong devotion to the principles of Freedom and Liberty, and her unconquerable refusal to be dictated to by the state, in matters of her children’s wellbeing, by “drawing a line in the sand” and demonstrating her willingness to take up arms if necessary, Anne Cleveland won victories for countless other Americans. In her continued efforts, long after many would have retired from the field, she established her Octogenarians Blog, which affords others the opportunity to learn of the enduring principles of both Liberty and Freedom, and to live if they dare, as worthy spiritual descendents of men and women of Lexington on April 19th, 1775.” Signed by Executive Director Patricia Cullinane and Director Kevin Cullinane.

All I could do to hold back the tears at this unexpected honor and recognition. However, the moment and the award is something I will cherish the rest of my life.

I certainly never considered myself in the class of those brave souls who fought the battle at Lexington. Actually considered myself more in the class of “Popeye” who said, “I eats my spinach and fights to the finish!!”

Anyway, I relate this story to encourage my readers to study and understand Freedom, and make decisions to stand up for Rights and Principles for themselves and their children. To have a plan and work your plan, because ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things, that begin with a decision. It requires a decision and a determination to carry through once stated, to achieve victory. It’s not rocket science, Freedom is worth fighting for as evidenced by our founding fathers who pledged their lives and fortunes to achieve it, and handed down as a gift to us. We were not left with the luxury to do nothing to sustain and maintain. That’s not an entitlement handed down to us. We all know it requires “eternal viligance.”

The father of Communism, Karl Marx, said: “The education of our children from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in State’s institutions at State expense.” And so it is in this country today.




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