America’s strength is that she is a free nation. Our weakness is we’ve stopped defending the foundations of our freedom.
Non-behavioral characteristics like race and religion take precedence over shared beliefs as it relates who is granted entrance to America to the extent permission is required at all.
This is in spite of the fact that there is plenty of identity diversity that occurs naturally within a global population that shares a common commitment to peaceful pluralism.
The temperature in K-12 is approaching Fahrenheit 451 as school districts move to ban literary masterworks like “To Kill a Mockingbird” because the language may offend.
A recent survey of college undergrads finds 1 in 5 believes violence is acceptable to silence someone who makes a hurtful statement. It may even be acceptable by some to assault a professor for walking with someone deemed offensive, as occurred at Middlebury College.
Private property is seized by the state if you refuse to participate in events that violate your religious beliefs.
You make too little.
You make too much.
You don’t pay enough.
You didn’t build that.
You need not apply.
You must check your privilege.
You must use these pronouns.
You can’t use those words.
As Thomas Paine wrote, “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
If we continue to acquiesce to those who would cheapen our freedoms, we all will pay dearly.