The problem with freedom is we give it to the wrong people. Stupid people get just as much freedom as smart people. You don’t have to earn it, because some people you never met bought it for you. (If you would like to thank them, you’ll find a lot of them at a place called “Arlington.”) You don’t need to pass a test or demonstrate that you will use your freedom responsibly.
Whether you arrive here at a point of entry or thru your mother’s birth canal, as soon as you arrive it’s like someone greets you and says, “Welcome to America. Here is your freedom along with a bundle of inalienable rights. Have a nice day.”
We even give freedom to people who openly advocate taking our own freedom away.
So why do we give freedom away so willy-nilly? Two reasons:
1. We believe that too much freedom is preferable to not enough.
2. To paraphrase Winson Churchill, it works better than any other system we ever tried.
I do not believe that any foreign enemy will ever succeed in taking out freedom away. If we lose our freedom, we will have done it to ourselves. And if we want to get it back, we’ll have to fill up a few more Arlingtons.