People throw the word “freedom” around a lot in politics. We know every human being is supposed to have it, we yearn for it, but like so many things, its absence is much more keenly felt than its possession. In this country, we generally take for granted that we are free.
This past year- for 330 million Americans- was different. We’ve just come through twelve months of the most severe restrictions on freedom and liberty in living memory. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were told we couldn’t go to work, school, or church. Unelected bureaucrats ordered us to stay home, mask up, and avoid hugging or even seeing loved ones.
The apparatus, we were told, was acting for our benefit, even when we hated its methods. But tyranny always conjures excuses. It’s worth noting that our Founding Fathers listed among the many depredations of King George in the Declaration of Independence such offenses as can be derived from abuse of bureaucracy:
“He has forbidden his Governors to press laws of immediate and pressing importance…”
“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual…”
“He has obstructed the administration of justice…”
“For suspending our own legislatures…”
“He has erected a multitude of new offices…”
Much of this rings true in the shadow of the pandemic. We have certainly suffered from our share of abuse at the hands of “the system” these past twelve months. The usurpations of elected and unelected officials under the rhetoric of “health emergency” makes their threat to liberty no less real, and the lessons we should take from their excesses no less important.
If last Independence Day weekend- in the early part of the pandemic- we were relieved to have made it through the first wave, now we must turn our attention to setting right all that what was taken from us under guise of public safety. And we all have a part to play.
Redouble your commitment to freedom this weekend. Promise yourself that you will speak the truth- even in public- about the absurdity of lockdowns and the various mandates that it came with. Just because Fauciism comes with a lab coat instead of a crown, it doesn’t mean the threat to your liberty is any less real.