from Sovereign Man:
America is and has always been an extraordinary idea.
It espouses the values of liberty, economic freedom, self-reliance, and independence.
What’s not to love about that?
It’s an idea that resonates within each of us, speaks to our inner humanity and our desire to prosper.
The United States is not the first country to be founded on these ideas, and it won’t be the last.
Yet history shows that nearly every tribe, kingdom, empire, and nation throughout history that embraced individual liberty eventually screwed it up.
To quote John Adams, “those passions are the same in all men and under all forms of [government], and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty.”
Adams was essentially warning us that a representative democracy is not immune to the ambitions of men who lust for power.
And as he wrote in a letter to John Taylor in 1814, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.”
Adams’ premonition has become reality in the Land of the Free.
The United States departed long ago from the original ideals of America.
Every day the federal government creates hundreds of pages of new regulations governing everything from how to raise your child to what you can/cannot put in your own body.
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