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      General Michael Flynn wrote an article that was published today called In Defense of Liberty. It appeared on Uncover DC and his new website America’s Future. See the highlights, article, and website information below.

      I see a great struggle in America today between two formidable forces. This struggle is not new. In fact, it is as old as government itself. I’m talking about the struggle between order and liberty.

      Neither order nor liberty is inherently our enemy. Liberty is an essential part of our national identity. It is mentioned in that classic line of the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most famous line of text in American political history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

      Thomas Jefferson quote

      Order may not be as common a theme in political discussions, but it has just as much historical relevance as liberty. The Preamble makes clear that our greatest founding document was created in part to “insure domestic Tranquility.” This is a goal any sensible American should get behind.

      Though order and liberty are both necessary, they stand perpetually at odds with one another. Alexander Hamilton spoke of this phenomenon in his June 25, 1788 speech before the New York Ratifying Convention as they were considering the adoption of our current Constitution. Hamilton said, “Good constitutions are formed upon a comparison of the liberty of the individual with the strength of government: If the tone of either be too high, the other will be weakened too much.”

      From this, we can glean that liberty must be balanced with order, but order cannot impose itself without understanding how it affects the liberty of individuals. Finding this balance is a challenge, but that does not mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done. Life is not tidy, nor was it meant to be. In life, you must do everything you can with everything you’ve got because you only have this one life to do so.

      The best way to keep liberty from running rampant is personal accountability. The great conservative President Calvin Coolidge wrote about this in a newspaper column dated October 17, 1930. He wrote, “We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts. … The only way to hold the government entirely responsible for conditions is to give up our liberty for a dictatorship. If we continue the more reasonable practice of managing our own affairs, we must bear the burdens of our own mistakes. A free people cannot shift their responsibility for them to the government.”

      While personal accountability is the best way to keep liberty in check; vigilance is the best way to keep order in check. There is much truth to the quotation often attributed to Thomas Jefferson that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” The slow creep of government into the lives of citizens is portrayed as inevitable, but that is only because no one is willing to stand watch.

      Read the full article: https://www.americasfuture.net/in-defense-of-liberty

      General Flynn also launched a new website called America’s Future. Click on the image below to see the website.

      https://www.americasfuture.net

      America's Future

      About America’s Future
      We believe in, we stand for, above all, the God-given freedom of the individual. We hold that the Constitution of the United States is the most profoundly important instrument ever devised by man for the protection of that freedom – the Constitution as written by the Founders of the American Republic, construed in proper context, and safeguarded from subversion by a collectivist state.

      We support the private enterprise capitalist economic system. The republican form of government that protects our freedom cannot otherwise endure. Likewise, without Constitutional guarantees, our free enterprise economy cannot long survive. Together, they have established the United States of America as the freest and most bountiful nation on earth.

      We perceive as the most serious threat to our freedom and way of life the ideologies of collectivism and state socialism.

      We see it as our duty – and as the obligation of all thoughtful, freedom-loving Americans – to oppose all efforts for an ever bigger and more omnipotent government that would make the state our master rather than the servant of the people as intended by our Founding Fathers.

      Are You Ready to STAND UP For LIBERTY?

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