There’s no doubt America has changed from the place it first began. Some ways for the better. Some ways for the worse.
But in the midst of the day-to-day noise and our sensitivity to our immediate emotion and need, every once in awhile we need to step outside and see things from a bigger perspective.
We need to see how our moment fits into the momentum of our history. How did we get where we are? Where are we headed?
The freedom that we practice in the United States of America is not a prize won once and for all. It is more like the top of a hill that governments have attacked, taken, rushed, and fallen off of repeatedly throughout history. And often the force that gets us to the top of the hill is the same force that propels us off of the other side.
It must be carefully climbed, fortified, and actively defended. Our founders knew this. That is why they gave us a law that would keep us atop that hill. It is only within those limitations that we are truly free to roam around the top of the hill without fear of falling off.
Unfortunately, over time our government has reached far beyond those limitations. And while we still enjoy much of our freedom, we do so at a greater risk of slipping off.
In my opinion, the video below should be watched by every American. Especially by young Americans who were probably not taught this by the state-run education system, but also by people like me – who often forget.
It also reminds us that morality is not simply a private, personal opinion, but is foundational to the success and survival of our governmental system. Morality can not be treated as an aside to the constitution, or even more dangerously as something entirely separate. It is essential.
The video is a little long, but entirely worth watching to the end.