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Those who won our independence . . . believed liberty to be the secret of happiness, and courage to be the secret of liberty. They believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that, without free speech and assembly, discussion would be futile; that, with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government. – Justice Louis Brandeis
If any single quote summarizes the cause of our present unhappiness, it is this one. Without liberty, one cannot be happy. Without courage, one cannot be free. Today far too many lack the courage required for liberty. They lack the courage to speak freely, to take the consequences of defying absurd edicts and to disregard specious arguments made by so-called experts. They fear to go their own way and defy the mob. It is easier to go along, to not make waves.
Eventually, this means yielding to howling mobs who have no other power to harm you than simply to howl. Or to discover that by not making waves when you could, you have allowed the concrete to harden around you and encase and immobilize you.
The courage to speak and act freely is called for today more than ever. The courage to accept responsibility for one’s self and not second that to the government. The courage to defy the mob. The courage to say no to mask mandates and vaccine mandates.
This may on occasion necessitate the use of force to preserve liberty. But the alternative is to live as a slave, and abandon happiness.Published in