Liberty Is Not License

American Flag and Liberty

“America … land of the free, home of the brave.”

For decades, these two virtues have gone hand in hand, but what answer might you get if you asked people on the street in America today, “Is it possible that the liberty we enjoy could become a thing of the past?”

Many would say, “That could not happen here. That happens in Europe and other countries who are not like us. We are ‘Americans,’ and we’ll never not be free! We’d never get to that place.”

At the speed of light, we see ever increasing challenges to the liberties we have taken for granted for centuries. Our myriad political and social “leaders” are suppressing free speech, subjugating Christians to second-class citizenship (for believing in the same God that our founders believed in), dumbing down our students to Third-World-country levels, repressing free thought, fanning the fires of faux racism, disregarding elders, disrespecting authority and becoming morally bankrupt. I’m sure you can add to the list.

We refuse to take a wide-angle view of the issues threatening our way of life, preferring instead to concern ourselves with a little problem here, a little problem there, all the while not perceiving that the entire structure is crumbling. Why? Because we are so sure “everything’s gonna’ be alright.”

I have another question: How do you explain to people, who have never seen up close and personal the results of lost freedom, that this very thing could, indeed, happen here? What will it take for the reality to set in that if “We the people” do not guide our reason, our choices and our actions by truths revealed in history, we will most inevitably become the late great United States of America (ala Rome)?

Having personally spent time in certain countries where liberty is non-existent, I am experiencing a great frustration trying to convey how perilously close we are to destroying ourselves from within. Sure, there are enemies outside the camp, but it is extremely foolish to ignore the escalating decline we see within our own borders.

The way many choose to view “liberty” in the first place has become suspect. They calculate the meaning of liberty based on fear, illogic, frustration and ignorance. Many have come to think of liberty as their right to behavioral rebellion, rejection of societal norms, dependence on the government, sympathy for illegal invaders, to even have compassion for those who disregard our laws, authority and our way of life.

A famous man, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (known as Santayana), said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unfortunately, brainwashing by media lefties, and our educational system, has produced, and continues to produce, generations that are totally unaware of the cost of these liberties we take for granted and what precipitates the loss of said freedoms.

(What is the origin of today’s lefties, anyway? Some of you may recall the two groups on college campuses in the ’60s – the hippies and the radicals. The radicals went into business – Wall Street, banking, etc. – and the hippies went into media and education; consequently, for decades now, our youth have been brainwashed into their anti-American, anti-Western-freedom concepts, lifestyles and choices.)

Samuel Adams, known as the “Father of the American Revolution,” said, “No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders” (1775).

Freedom is the most powerful earthly gift human beings have been given by the Creator … freedom to choose to understand and defend the true concept of “liberty” (power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice) or freedom to misuse that word to grant ourselves “license” (intentional deviation from rule, convention or fact; excessive or undue freedom or liberty) to break down all barriers and go for it, only to witness the end of America as we know it.

“Your love of liberty – your respect for the laws – your habits of industry – and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.” – President George Washington

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