Are we better off as slaves? Our Founding Fathers didn’t think so. Ultimately, this is the question we ask ourselves every time we step into a voting booth to choose a political candidate. With promises of government largesse looming in our minds, it’s no wonder that even in “the land of opportunity” we have to talk Americans out of tyranny and into liberty.

Sen. Bernie Sanders proudly calls himself a “democratic socialist.” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prefers to be called a “progressive.” The only difference between the two is how quickly it’ll take either of them to destroy the country while robbing you blind. A democracy is predicated upon mob rule, where the majority rules the minority. Additionally, socialism isn’t cool. Why should a bunch of crooked politicians in the federal government have a right to your time, sweat, equity, labor and paycheck? What makes them more trustworthy with your money than you?

Here’s the problem. Democrats just can’t get past slavery! They’ve traded in their whips, chains and lynch mobs for rhetorical arguments of income inequality, fairness, social justice, minimum wage hikes and what bathroom mentally ill men should use. Why? So that government can always be the master to a society full of victims and the answer to our deepest problems. This kind of slavery is less obvious because it’s not messy. Its victims willingly forgo their freedom in exchange for security. Rest assure, they’ll have neither.

Just this week, I found myself browsing through my pocket Constitution. And, yes, that is typical for a black man born in Compton, California, for you smart mouths out there! Anyway, I began reading the Declaration of Independence, and it occurred to me that Americans don’t revere our Constitution because we’re no longer taught that it’s the byproduct of a God that loves individuals more than institutions. The Constitution is the moral outcome of that realization. Americans simply don’t think about the issue of freedom. Consider these words from our Declaration of Independence:

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed.”

Many Americans, even some of my fellow “conservatives” have gotten it backwards. We’ve allowed government to become all-powerful. We’re jaded to the idea of small government. We ask government, “What can you do for me?” “Who in government will stand up for me, or take care of me?” These aren’t questions free people typically ask. Yet, more of us are asking them all the same.

Maintaining our liberty has to become intentional. Most bankers can identify a counterfeit bill right away because they’ve become so familiar with the real thing. This is how conservatives must become when it comes to the Constitution. We have to think about freedom. We have to talk about it. And, when given the opportunity, we must practice it. The concept of freedom must become so second nature that an inkling of tyranny terrifies us enough to run away.

I often remind my radio audience that runaway slaves were willing to risk hunger, thirst and even death to escape their masters because their thoughts were consumed with freedom. If only we could be so consumed with liberty.

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