“Freedom is only one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”
Each generation faces this same choice – defend the Freedom that we enjoy or risk losing it. If we do not fight for our Freedom (whether at home or abroad, in time of war or when at peace) it will continue to be leached away from us.
Bit by bit, inch by inch may be less painful at first but the method is no less sure then the more direct approach.