PRESERVING OUR FREEDOM IS A MINDSET THAT BEGINS AT HOME
By Charles Gamarekian
As an American manufacturer of products designed to help homeowners achieve optimum lifestyle experiences outside their homes and to realize their full pride of home ownership, freedom of expression is at the core of my business acumen. As an American citizen, however, that freedom of expression is further disseminated to include freedom of speech - a freedom that has continued to be threatened and marginalized from the days of our declaration of independence to our current position in the global arena.
At Cambridge Pavers Inc., we are family-owned and operated, employing over 150 men and women of different profiles - varying religious beliefs, racial backgrounds, political attachments, family structures, and social mores - a mosaic not unlike thousands of other companies that make up our capitalist society. Our freedoms are the bonds that hold us together as Americans and with them come the ideals that motivate us as human beings as we carry out our daily tasks with the fuel of hope and a spirit of thankfulness in our souls. The weakening of these bonds, however the form in which it may manifest itself, will surely break us apart.
Our first president George Washington was quoted as saying: "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln alleged: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
After the horrific, terrorist attack in France last month, millions of our global neighbors, united in the streets of Paris to offer reinforcement to the bonds of freedom... the very lifeblood that assures a tenure on this earth that embodies promise, not fear or despair.