Over the past two years, I’ve begun to realize three things: not everyone wants real liberty, not everyone is willing to fight for real liberty, and way too many are more than willing to surrender real liberty for tyranny.
In the United States, we’ve been brought up (well, some of us) to believe that the most important thing that America offers is liberty and the need to fight for it. We were taught about Patrick Henry and his impassioned cry, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
We’re reminded by our national anthem and our history that brave men and women have given their lives to preserve liberty. It’s the reason we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July, is it not? We’re celebrating God’s gift of liberty and all that America stands for. And we’re led to believe that all Americans feel the same way; that we’d rather die than give up our liberty.
Unfortunately, with COVID lockdowns and mandates rearing their ugly heads again, thanks to Omicron, many have forgotten that living in liberty requires the rejection of the politics of fear and tyranny.
I’ve written multiple posts on my website about what liberty is, how it does not exist without law, and how real liberty should not be confused with license. Rather, it is responsibility over one’s individual choices. So, I’m not going to go over all of that again. I’m simply recognizing publicly that there are many in the United States and the world who do not truly want liberty. They want license, not liberty.
As COVID tyranny continues to drag on, I’ve begun to realize that many people want the regulations the government has been more than happy to hand out over the past two years.
In other words, people want government to tell them what to do. They want government to force them to wear a mask. They want government to force them to get vaccinated. They want government to track everyone via vaccine passports. They want government to tell them how to run their businesses. And they want government to tell everyone else how to do those things as well.
This is not liberty. It’s tyranny. It’s control. And those on the left and on the right who want government to have this kind of control almost feel a sense of control in it themselves. They can control those they disagree with through government regulation. Government is doing them a service by forcing people to wear masks or dictating which private companies can open and which cannot open.
This is where the truth becomes crystal clear. As long as people don’t have to be responsible for their own actions, these liberty-hating individuals don’t care what and how much government controls.
As I’ve discussed before, true liberty requires individual responsibility. Each of us must be responsible for our own actions to be truly free. If we mess up, we and we alone reap the consequences. But if we succeed, we and we alone reap the rewards.
Not everyone wants to live with a mindset of liberty and freedom, and because they don’t, they have decided that no one else should live with this mindset either.
The irony, of course, is that these very people who want more government regulation and control — who see government as the solution to all of life’s problems — will scream and yell at government if government dares to inhibit their license.
Liberty-haters don’t really want liberty; they want license (i.e., tyranny). They want the ability to do whatever they want without consequence, which means without responsibility. If they have no responsibility, they don’t suffer the consequences of doing whatever they want. They want mob-rule and the tyranny it brings.
They want to be whatever sexual orientation they make up, be sexually attracted to any age, have children with ten different women, never commit to a job and work hard at it, be handed all of their grades in college, etc. without ever acknowledging or accepting any consequences for their actions.
License is not worth dying for; license is tyranny in disguise. License leads to chaos and chaos leads to tyranny. These liberty-hating individuals may second guess their hate of real liberty once they are under the grips of tyranny and have no license anymore, but by then it’ll be too late.
I’ve been pondering the fact that not everyone in America really wants liberty, and I think the fact that half of America doesn’t want real liberty is the root of all our problems. This is the motivation behind the far-left’s desire to see the U.S. flag removed, American history re-written or destroyed, and all quintessentially American virtues thrown out and replaced.
They don’t want to live in America because America is synonymous with liberty. And since they don’t want liberty, they must change the very nature and core of what America is.
Essentially, what they really want is for America to be more like Russia or China, but with the benefits and luxury that liberty has given the United States. They want to turn this country into something else while naively believing that when they do, license will still remain. They can still have their iPhones and AirPods while complaining to the media about being oppressed.
We’re truly spoiled in America. We have the luxury to gripe about topics like what bathroom a transgender person is supposed to use, when in many countries such an issue never even enters people’s minds. How could it when they are trying to figure out where to get their next meal, or how to avoid being raped by their family members, or where to find a place to live?
The luxury we have in America is because of real liberty; because of individuals taking individual responsibility over their actions. Not because of license. License is what has led to tyranny. Look at the Roman Empire if you need any historical context.
We need to expose those in our country that just don’t want to live in America without government control. They’re not fighting for liberty; they’re surrendering to tyranny.
If we fail to expose the progressives in both parties and allow them to change this country into something it was never meant to be, there will be nowhere left on earth for freedom to turn.
America is the last bastion of real liberty left in the world . . . and that is worth fighting for.
This article has been edited for publication and is used by permission.
Christin McMasters is a South Carolinian now residing in North Carolina and has a Ph.D. in political science. She is a budding blogger and political science instructor, and her passion is politics.
Using her keyboard as her weapon of choice, Christin imparts some of her excitement, passion and knowledge about American government on her website, TheLibertyBelleNC.com.