Busy Independence Day here--hope you're all enjoying a glorious 4th!
I was thinking today about our freedoms as Americans, and how, despite certain alarming trends at the national level, we still retain, as citizens of this great nation, a good deal more freedom than our counterparts in many areas of the world.
One of the blessings of liberty I'm most grateful for is that liberty which permits me to instruct my children as I see fit. The right to teach one's children at home has become a well-defined American liberty in a majority of the states of this nation, and the diligent work of pro home schooling organizations has, generally speaking, broadened and expanded this right. In many other countries, parents are persecuted for wishing to instruct their children at home, even when their deeply-held religious beliefs are in clear conflict with the indoctrination of secular and anti-religious values which takes place in the school system.
Another blessing of liberty I'm particularly grateful for is freedom of speech. I can be as critical (and snarky) as I like about the government in my writings on this blog and elsewhere, and I don't have to worry that arrest or imprisonment will follow. Again, this is not the case everywhere in the world; it's particularly sad to see writers and speakers jailed or oppressed in nations still governed by totalitarian regimes. The freedom of speech we enjoy as Americans is a blessing we ought never to take for granted.
When the framers of our Constitution wrote that among their purposes in establishing the Constitution was "...to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity..." I suspect that they did not envision a day when the "right" to kill one's posterity before his or her birth would be seen as a "blessing of liberty." All of our rights as Americans are null if the right to life is not protected first; as blessed as we are by other liberties (far more than the two I briefly mentioned above) we need to remain vigilant in protecting true freedom and standing against the false freedom that pits a mother against her child, or sees human beings as disposable commodities.
What blessings of liberty do you cherish, as an American? What threats to true liberty cause you concern, in this 234th anniversary of the birth of our nation?