Independence Day evokes a positive spirit among Americans. We view ourselves as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” So much of our nation’s foundation springs from goodness, courage, and virtue. The freedom once fought for by the courageous men of the Revolution, however, is radically different from the doctrine of unhindered liberty that is preached in 21st century America. In order to preserve our union, we must be rooted in the true notion of liberty or we will be returned to our pre-Revolution days of tyranny.
Aquinas explained that freedom is the ability to choose the good. C.S. Lewis wrote that courage is “the form of every virtue at its testing point.” The temptation to prescribe unhindered liberty (being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as it makes you happy and you don’t hurt anyone in the process) is a fallacy because it creates cowards out of human beings.
Big government, along with the rampant addictions to screen time, social media, and streaming platforms, has crafted a nation that is too often indifferent and frequently ignorant of how freedoms are stripped away from its citizens. The masses ascribe their allegiance to a mission statement alike to the following words: “All we desire is the comfort and security of having the capacity to do what we want and the ability to be ‘safe’ during the process.”