Today’s commentary is the 2000th published on WordPress, replacing Mama Liberty’s original webzine and going out to the world.
Let’s talk a bit about the prices that are paid for liberty: for gaining it, keeping it, and getting it back when it slips away. And about Mama Liberty.
It’s been about a year and a half since we lost her. And like her readers, I really, really miss her. But I and my family try hard to carry on her work, and will continue to do so. I make every effort to continue posting items of interest at least 3 times a week, and to do more to improve the site, while still continuing to work full-time at making a living.
So I really appreciate your encouragement. Your clicks and comments really help, readers, even if you tell me I’m full of it. And usually, I find I almost got things right! All of you know how much Mama appreciated you and your encouragement (and arguments) as well.
There are many facets we can discover when discussing “The Price of Liberty.” Far more than just the most commonly mentioned. Mama Liberty tried to explore all of these – far better than I have. So do many of our readers and correspondents. And the large and growing liberty press out there. But here are some thoughts for 2020.
Yes, eternal vigilance IS the price of liberty. But there are other prices to be paid.
More than just the blood of tyrants and lovers of liberty. More than just the opportunities forsaken to stay free. More than just the “rewards” we get from the tyrants and would-be tyrants for fighting against them. Or just resisting them. Or just not enthusiastically letting them be parasites on others.
Just because we aren’t shedding blood doesn’t mean we aren’t paying a price to enjoy liberty. Why do the parasites, the tyrants seek so avidly dominion over us? Yes, they enjoy the power, and the wealth. But they also enjoy the advantages for them and their families: scam artists and others like them often have an easy life. (Yeah, I know a lot get caught and pay with time in prison, poverty, and even death. But too many get to enjoy the life of Reilly – at someone else’s expense. History is full of the lives of such people. For every Lincoln and Kennedy who are killed, for every Nixon who dies in disgrace, there are the ones who retire and live in luxury and honored alive and in death – and leave their wealth to their families. People with names like Teddy Roosevelt and LBJ and Bush. Wealth and luxury not gained from productive work. But taken from others. Directly or indirectly. Voluntarily or involuntarily.
Knowing about it is just part of the price we must pay for liberty. More than just vigilance, we must take action to grasp and gain, then keep, liberty. Much of that requires planning before we do so – and being proactive, not just reacting to those who would, in Paul’s words, steal our liberty away.
Sadly, there is another aspect of the price of liberty. That is how much people are willing to accept for giving their liberty away. Not just theirs but the liberty of other people as well: people in other nations and communities, people in the future, and our own families and friends.
Here in the Fifty States – and much of the world – the price we ARE paid for the liberty taken from us is sweet. Even 99.9% of “poor” Americans are wealthy beyond the dreams of 99% of the people who lived say, before 1950. Indeed, every day we are paid for the liberty government and those who control it have stolen from us. The Romans with their bread and circuses were pikers. We have health and entertainment and food and clothing and so much more that ancient people – and even those in the first half of the Twentieth Century – could not imagine.
Think about it.
What price are you and I willing to pay to regain lost liberty? Or are we content to have a false security to comfort us until everything collapses around us? Or our children or grandchildren?
Think about it.