A free people must be an independent people, a people who are determined that each individual will be free to determine the course of their life, will determine the choices they make, and will determine their thoughts and how they will express those thoughts.
An enslaved people are complacent, they are conforming, they are content to be told how they must live their lives, choices they must make, thoughts they can have and how they will express those thoughts. An enslaved people place perceived safety over liberty, they are not willing to accept responsibility for their choices and actions but place their fate in the hands of government.
In 1830 a young judge from France arrived in America. His name was Alexis de Tocqueville. He came to study the American system. He and his friend soaked up more information about the great American experiment in ten months than most scholars absorb in a lifetime. Returning to France, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote a two-volume work entitled, Democracy in America. De Tocqueville saw the people of the United States passing through several distinct stages. First of all, he saw the strength of character and moral integrity that would make them prosperous. But as they became self-sufficient he saw that they would be less concerned about each other and much less concerned about the principles that made them a great people. This would leave them vulnerable to the manipulation of clever politicians who would begin to promise them perpetual security if they accepted certain schemes contrived by some of their leaders. He then described what modern students have been led to identify as "democratic socialism.": "That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. "For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances -- what remains, to spare them all the care of thinking and the trouble of living." "After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp, and fashioned them at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. "The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided -- men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till [the] nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
An independent people won our initial freedom. A compliant people have lost that freedom. Samuel Adams told us that it does not require a majority for freedom to prevail, but it takes an irate and tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom for freedom to prevail. If we the people will first of all turn from our wicked ways, and then become irate and tireless about setting brushfires of freedom, we can reverse the Marxist movement in America and return our Republic. It requires me and you. I am onboard, are you?
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