What is Liberty, That We May Defend It?

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Is American Liberty under attack? Perhaps more-so than any time since the Revolution. We see this daily in how our government regularly misleads us; making foolhardy economic decisions, then treating citizens alarmed at record deficits like madmen. It repeatedly tramples our rights as if we were slaves. The Constitution is displayed as an elaborate, ancient joke. Politicians present themselves as gods, above error, who dismiss dissent as if it were the babble of infants. Between irrational new laws, and the government’s refusal to enforce common sense rules, Americans feel trapped and betrayed by increasingly tyrannical leaders.

Liberty was the dream of many throughout history, but has not been a natural state for almost any. Yet, somehow Liberty became the raison d’etre of the first Americans. In fact, the colonists were more wedded to the idea of freedom than any other concept. In this essay we define Liberty, then briefly examine the history of the idea, considering the American revolutionaries, then how it is seen today.

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