But in order to be free, we’ve got to have a government that protects life, liberty, and property with the same zeal and clarity that our military protects our physical selves.
It’s the job of government to enforce the rules by which we live and to perform its various functions consistent with those rules. But our national consensus of what those rules are – what life is, what liberty is, what property is – has become troublingly vague and unclear.
How can we possibly have a government that works when increasingly we don’t even know what it is supposed to do? How can we have a government that works when we have so many elected officials that don’t know what they are supposed to do?
The question on the table today is not whether Americans will be unified. The question is whether we want to be free.
And if so, if we have the national will to revisit and do what it takes to be true once again to the basic “self evident truths” expressed so clearly in our Declaration of Independence.