Valuing Freedom

Considering what has been done in the name of safety and of protecting life, because of COVID-19 since early 2020, there has been a departure from the value of freedom, in the United States. I don’t think that anyone of goodwill would question that protecting human life is crucial at any time. I also don’t think many would dispute that safety is very important. Do people also agree on the importance of preserving and protecting other rights that have long been declared by the United States’ Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights? The Declaration of Independence affirms the reality of “unalienable Rights” and that “…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. If each of these rights truly are unalienable, why are the rights which secure individual liberty often treated today, by some, as having such little value that those rights are ignored and abandoned in favor of restrictions that promise safety in return? Can we really be safe without the protection of our rights? Why is freedom not more present in the minds, hearts, and words of the people of the U.S. during this time? I believe that we owe it to ourselves, our ancestors, and our posterity to consider the value of freedom in our lives.

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