When Independence Day comes around, we mostly celebrate what we’re free from. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed our freedom from the King, from his abolishing our laws and taxing us without consent.
But the other side of freedom is to ask what we are free for? What is it we want to do in a positive way with our freedoms? We are free, the same Declaration said, to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That same dilemma faces Americans now as we celebrate another Independence Day. America seeks to be free from the interference of other countries, from undue interference even from our own government. Of course we’d like to be free from viruses and face masks and racial injustice.
But to accomplish that, we must accept the responsibilities of freedom. We must be free for living as responsible citizens every day.
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Hugh Hewitt invites Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to share about his new book “Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World.”Read More »
This is Jerry Bowyer of Townhall Finance for Townhall.com.
Amidst all the protest and violent unrest, radical activists are flinging the accusation of ‘systemic racism’ against America.
Well, we do have an educational monopoly system which keeps poor children trapped in failing schools.
Our government built a welfare system which conditions support on mothers not marrying the fathers of their children.
Our media and broadcast systems glorify sex outside of marriage and target poor black communities with ‘reproductive health care’ that monetizes a lethal false solution to an unplanned pregnancy.
Our tax system imposes very high rates in major metropolitan areas which drive the middle class out of cities but traps those too poor to move.
So it does seem like there are real problems in our system—the results of decades of bad policy clearly fall more heavily on one race.
Maybe there is something to this systemic racism idea after all—just not what we’ve been told.Read More »
Angry protestors want to turn public sentiment against the police, but their ugly tactics remind all sane observers how much we need the cops. Rioting, looting, arson, Molotov cocktails, graffiti and vandalism demonstrate how vulnerable all citizens would be without the courage of police officers who put their lives on the line every day.
Sure, you can find examples of bad or poorly trained cops. but they’re far more rare in police ranks than are violent, criminal elements in the ranks of the demonstrators.
In a difficult moment, time when Americans can’t decide whether to emphasize economic recovery or continued precautions against COVID-19, the nationwide rioting harms both hopes.
Literally thousands of already struggling businesses have been badly damaged, while assembling “super-spreader,” densely packed crowds will only generate new spikes in the spread of the virus.
No wonder most Americans love and value our police officers – without whom decent lives, and livable cities, could not exist.Read More »
How is it that what we used to call the “liberal leaning media” have turned so decisively even further to the left?
The Wall Street Journal recently published an important piece from Van Gordon Sauter, a former President of CBS News. The headline captures his point perfectly: “The ‘Liberal Leaning’ Media Has Passed Its Tipping Point.”
He begins with an anecdote of his lunch with Jeanne Kirkpatrick, the foreign policy advisor to President Reagan, who was lamenting what she called the “liberal leaning media.”
Van Gordon Sauter then said, “it was only a liberal tilt and could be corrected.”
“You don’t understand,” said Jeanne Kirkpatrick, “It’s too late.”
Today, Sauter—one of the most prestigious of names in journalism—says, “Kirkpatrick was prophetic.”
His concern is that—at some point—the American people either will or have figured out that the elites of mainstream media don’t much like them and don’t much like their understanding of their country.Read More »