I have been tied up with finishing the year at school, so I apologize for being absent from here for so long.
We held a great event celebrating citizenship yesterday at our local air and transportation museum. I had prepared remarks about what expectations we should have of each other as citizens, particularly give the circumstances in which we find ourselves. I had pages of notes and had even practiced a bit. However, when I got there and after the program began to unfold, I trashed the prepared remarks and spoke about something I had been kicking around for months. Though we talk about freedom a great deal and find freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition and press all in our First Amendment, we must expand the view of our Founding to include discussion about liberty and what that term really means.
I think liberty is a much larger, more inclusive concept than freedom. We have freedom to do a host of things. In many countries, however, the concept of freedom is quite different from what we might think in America. In societies that are much more centrally controlled, freedom does not have the same bounce or resonance. We take our freedom for granted, I fear, thus we must frame our arguments differently, especially given the assault on our Constitution by the progressives.