Real Essence of Freedom
hear a lot of talk about freedom from politicians, pundits,
media personalities and partisan strategists. They usually use the
word when trying to influence public opinion to their benefit. They
feel it adds a stamp of validity from our founders who originally
set the standard for the freedoms we enjoy which it does
What all these people won't tell you, because
it is not in their self-interest, is that the most important attribute
of freedom is what they try to discard the freedom not to
be coerced into thinking as everyone else does.
is no longer enough to say we should just think for ourselves.
The manipulation is such that we are meant to believe that we are
thinking for ourselves when we mouth the non-sequiturs that feed
ideological competition. The words, of course, were carefully implanted
in our brains, along with their transplanted logic, by media professionals
to germinate on their own. They are specially designed, using inappropriate
anger and irrational fears, to stop us from thinking beyond them.
This is not just an assault upon our most intimate, individual freedoms,
it is a threat to democracy itself.
ago, the philosopher Plato believed that democracies were by nature
too unstable to work properly. People are just too vulnerable to
the sway of leaders who would manipulate truth, generate paranoia
and quietly profit from corruption. He felt that common people were
too distracted, selfish and intellectually limited to be responsible
for self-government. Today's politics seem to bear him out. That
is why our founders implemented so many safeguards into the system
that partisan bickering seems so committed to crippling today.
as they were, our founders were also enthusiastic children of the
17th and 18th centuries. They were hesitant optimists planting seeds
for human growth. They believed in the advancement of humanity.
They placed their bets on the rise of people whom the benefits of
freedom made uncommon. They imagined an educated population of voters
who were more discerning, who understood the dangers of ambitious
leaders and influential factions. They advanced the idea of a new
patriotism based on universal ideals, not merely the boundaries
of land or the inheritance of bloodline.
depends on an educated and informed votary and intelligent citizen
leaders of impeccable integrity. Nothing else will suffice. We,
the People, are responsible to carry those responsibilities.
we want western civilization to survive, we have to reinstate this
expectation as a much talked about patriotic requirement. We have
to carefully evaluate our leaders and demand that their loyalty
to truth and the good will of the nation supersedes ideological
purity limited and close-minded ideologies that they are.
is synonymous with responsibility. Too many people hope we forget
that. Indeed, they profit from it. But we must never forget the
heart of our inheritance, or we will never be free, no matter how
many guns we accumulate or programs implemented to protect our rights.
We must be advocates for truth, or we miss the mark. We must think
for ourselves, and stand up to those who would otherwise to make
mindless followers of us all.