“It's a free country,” as the saying goes. We as Americans have been brought up to believe this. Our Founding Fathers even put it in writing. We say it without giving it much thought. It's cliché. If we were forced to answer this question honestly, could we really answer in the affirmative?
Now under the scourge of COVID-19, it is painfully apparent that we don't have many of the freedoms we thought were guaranteed us, and the celebration of Independence Day, 2020, served as an uncomfortable reminder that freedom is not free and is not guaranteed.
Nor is an alleged non-understanding or rejection of science on the part of conservatives and libertarians the problem. The problem is in the mandate itself, coming not with the consent of the governed, but from the governmental elite, who consider themselves our moral and intellectual betters. Most Americans it turns out, don't like to be ordered around.
This year, more than most, people who love America, especially in some parts of the country hit by strife, need to know that they are not alone. They need to know that we who love our country outnumber the mob who with do destroy it. They need to know that regardless of race, ancestry, or religion that we are all one country, one American people.
God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.
Demand you freedom this Independence Day. In many cities and towns across America, there will be no fireworks, no parades, no large gatherings, but tearing down and defacing monuments will undoubtedly be allowed.
Is the anti-Trump, anti-Republican leftist who would knock the MAGA hat off a person's head a bigot? I think you can guess the answer, but listen anyway!
On this week's podcast, I'll be talking about bigotry, what it is and the forms it can take. Are you a bigot? Am I a bigot? Is the person who goes around stealing MAGA hats off of people's heads a bigot? (Spoiler alert: The answer to that last one is yes.)
In episode #8 I talk about the overcharging of the Atlanta policemen in the case of Rayshard Brooks's death. Next, I talk about how the recent spate of statues and monuments being defaced and toppled could lead to even worse things. You can listen to this episode here. Please give the podcast a listen. J.P. … Continue reading LR Podcast Episode 8: “Cognitive Dissonance”