If You Can Keep It...
Just after the Founding Fathers finalized the Constitution, Ben Franklin stepped outside Independence Hall, where he was met by an intensely interested crowd. When a woman asked, “Well, doctor, what have we got—a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin famously replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
His point, of course, was that freedom’s great danger is that free individuals can use their freedom in ways that destroy it. Freedom’s survival in America depends upon the decisions of individuals, not the edicts of a government.
There is no point in time where freedom will ever be secure. The battle will rage forever, and every generation is enlisted to fight.
You’ll see this story play out all season on I Am Forever through three distinct parts:
Born in Greece on the eve of the Nazi occupation, Nick was able to come to America after the war because his mother was an American citizen. Driven by the tragedy, starvation and destruction he left behind, he seized every opportunity America had to offer.
Over the course of this season, a group of commentators will attack the soft underbelly of American culture, and how so many of the decisions we are making are contrary to freedom's survival.
Kristy Titus invites two women, Jessi and Faith, on a 25-mile backcountry adventure in order to reflect upon the values that keep us free, how they will live out those values, and how they will spread them in their families and communities.