“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion” Albert Camus (1913-1960) French author, journalist and philosopher
Americans are rebels. We don’t like being told what to do, when to do it or how to do it. It is within our very nature to resist those that seek to control us or those things that we care about. The very signing of the Declaration of Independence, where we declared our belief that God created all men equal and free, was in itself an act of rebellion against the King. So deeply did our founders believe in the idea of God-given freedom that they were willing to put their lives, their families’ lives and their property on the line. We celebrate their bold action that birthed our nation every Fourth of July. The fireworks we watch celebrate who we are, and remind us of what it took to remove ourselves from being under the thumb of a man who thought that he knew what was best for us.
Despite the claims of our President, our nation cannot be equal to other countries because we will always be rebels against the status quo of tyranny and oppression. Unlike us, the people of other nations have had centuries to grow used to always being under the control of a small group of people vying for power. Sure, there may be some nations that have greater freedom than others, but let’s not forget that they still operate on the premise that rights only come from government. This is what sets us apart. America will always be looked upon as the rebellious upstart who decided to do life differently by acknowledging from the very beginning that people have value because God deemed it to be so. Not only do our people continue to speak out in the name of liberty, but we dare to believe that we have a right to liberty regardless of what the government says. As long as we exist, no government that restricts their people will be happy. We are hated because of what we ultimately represent: the success of freedom and the failure of tyranny. In other words, we make them look bad. Should we really be surprised that they loathe our rebellious little hearts?
We are an exceptional nation not because we are America, but because we believe that our people are exceptional. We should never feel guilty as a nation in that we offer our citizens a better life than what most other nations do; we understand that the key to being blessed lies in the freedom we provide to our people. So why then are some of our leaders so desirous of a centralized European-type government, which has led to such misery, tyranny and instability in other nations? The answer is easy; even Americans are not immune to the temptations of power.
Luckily though, America was not built on a foundation of government control like other nations. Our people are not used to being oppressed. Our foundation is one of freedom, resting on the truth that liberty comes from God, not government; a truth preserved not only in our founding documents but the other writings of our founders as well. While some of us may have grown easy and comfortable, forgetting who we are, lulled by the false promises of those who seek to control our lives, even more of us have grown uneasy, resistant to the status quo, and chafing under the heavy hands of would-be kings. If one can only remember from whence freedom truly springs, it is a lot harder to accept the lie that government knows best.
It has been said that that the pen is mightier than the sword. I happen to agree. So, how about we uncap our ballpoints and have ourselves a little ballot box rebellion in November? Now those truly would be some pretty impressive fireworks!