Looking back as the week of independence drew to a close, it's not hard to see that much of our liberty has been deracinated. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
Some have been discouraged by the squandering of tax dollars, the lack of respect for the Constitution, growing military intervention and so on. However, the movement for the advancement of liberty is on the rise. With all of the opportunities for activism, jobs, internships, conventions, training, and access to literature, the liberty movement can only continue to grow.
When I first moved to the side of liberty and rallied my support for Dr. Paul, a campaign volunteer told me that I would probably never change my political beliefs again and that my new obsession with the advancement of liberty would only grow. This has turned out to be true not only for me but for many.
Jefferson was only 33 years of age when he wrote the Declaration of Independence and changed the course of history. He was a Young American for Liberty, just as many of us are. Whether you were at a fireworks display, a parade, a barbecue, or just got together with the people you care about, I hope you took some time to look at the progress you have made in advancing liberty. Because Jefferson also wrote, “The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches. It takes time to persuade men to do what is for their own good”.