For decades I’ve had my doubts about whether America is still the land of the free. With rules and enforcers everywhere you look, it doesn’t seem so.
I’ve been wrong. Most Americans are free — as free as they want to be.
I prefer liberty to freedom. Liberty means having the freedom to do everything you have a right to do; freedom is simply doing whatever you want, without regard for others.
This is why, for most Americans, America is the “Land of the Free.” They are doing what they want.
They tolerate checkpoints because they make them feel safe. They comply with the airport “security theater” gauntlet, pretending it’s fighting terrorism. They are content to beg for licenses as long as they can usually buy the license they want. They are fine with economically crippling taxation as long as they can imagine the money is spent on necessities. They are happy to see the “borders” locked down, not realizing this traps them more than it protects them.
They are free as long as they have smartphones and video games; free to eat, vote, and watch sports. Free to control the lives of others. Free, because this is what they want.
You’ll never reach people who are content in their chains while their chains have enough slack to let them do what they want.
So they are free. Free to be cattle. Free to comply; free of unwanted responsibility. Free of fear. They want more of this kind of “freedom.” They want to be free of consequences, free of hard decisions, free of everything that makes them human.
They are also free (and encouraged) to look down upon those dangerous lunatics who don’t value this “freedom” as much.
They don’t want to do the things they can no longer legally do, which previous generations could. Those who complain or fight the limits on liberty are to be feared, laughed at, or even hated. They should be happy with their chains like everyone else.
Few care about their lost liberty. But the Remnant does.
Somewhere out there, mostly silent and unnoticed, the Remnant listens, learns, watches, and waits. These individuals know what has been lost and will never be satisfied until they get it back.
The Remnant has been patient, but the patience will run out one day. If something can’t continue forever, it won’t. That will be an interesting day for the political class and their oppressive bureaucratic puppets whenever it finally arrives.
May liberty then be restored.