America is Not a Location

I’ve followed this blog for some time now. Bayard & Holmes always have interesting, provocative ideas. I don’t always agree with them, but they’re always worth a read. This post is definitely worth a read, and thoughtful Americans should consider this message well. We can’t pretend to be in the 18th Century any more, or even the 19th. If we are to preserve the spirit of the American Revolution, then what form must it take as we move into the future?

Bayard & Holmes

By Piper Bayard

America is not a location. America is an ideal. It is the dream of a country in which freedom is paramount, and it is secure because the government is the servant of the people.

Because America is an ideal, Americans are not born. Rather, America, itself, must be born anew with each generation. Each generation has the choice of embracing the American ideal of a government that answers to the people, or of rejecting that ideal in favor of a more paternalistic system of government.

Actual photo of ideal elected American official at work. Actual photo of ideal American government at work.

When the government spies on us with everything from street corner cameras to warrantless searches of random individuals to collection and analysis of our every electronic transmission and phone communication, we are no longer the masters, and the government is no longer our servant. It is our ruler. It is a parent searching our…

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