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July 4, 2011 / Political Fluency

The Greatest Country in History

Yes, the cover of the ironically-named US Weekly at every supermarket has the completely inconsequential Lauren Conrad on their cover for her “shocking” break up with a boyfriend. And the most popular beer purchased this past weekend – and every weekend – is Bud Light which may be the vexillary of how American commerce has degenerated into marketing saturation to the point of brainwashing consumers to purchase swill over quality beverage products that contain something called flavor.

But we have the freedom to choose these things or something else in their stead. And this is something the majority of people in the world cannot do and throughout history were never able to. We are lucky to be here. And this excerpt has come in and out of my head for 7 years and will likely be with me the rest of my life.

Every year, millions of adolescents and young people leave home. Many of them start off in a home with 3 or 4 bedrooms, they have cable television, a refrigerator full of food, one or more cars in the driveway, mom and dad who love them.   And they leave that environment, to move into a cramped studio apartment with a small television that uses a bent coat hanger for an antenna, there’s a small miniature refrigerator there with a tray of ice cubes and some left over bologna, and maybe a rusted-out hulk of an automobile sitting in the driveway.

Why? Why would you leave all of that affluence to live in something that is slightly above the poverty level?

And the answer is liberty. Inside all of us, is this burning desire to make our own decisions.

Michael Badnarik, Libertarian candidate for President 2004 Debate opening statement.

The Founders of our nation recognized this burning desire and created the structure for a Great Experiment of liberty and democracy. That experiment is now going awry because a greater and greater percentage of people in America are extinguishing that burning desire within themselves. Some may even come from cultures – both native and foreign – where this burning desire is extinguished in childhood.

Thank God for days like today where we can try to relight that flame in those that have lost it and stoke the fire in those that still desire to be responsible for their own decisions.

Besides, any other country that makes the claim as being the greatest, better come correct when they tell me that one of their nation’s major cities did anything close to this:

Local boy with cancer turns into a superhero for a day

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