America was founded and successful based on two principles. Liberty (or freedom) and opportunity. Actually, with pure and true liberty, opportunity is a given. Liberty was the primary basis of America at the onset. It was what made us great. Unfortunately, I believe the meaning and understanding of the word has been lost on most of us over the years.
Ron Paul gave his farewell address to the House of Representatives this month. It is a critical and important read. His closing summarizes what I saw in this election: people were voting for a subset of "Liberty," but not the real thing. Paul states:
"To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is 'envy' which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is 'intolerance' which leads to bigoted and judgmental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.
The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.
I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out 'the plain truth of things.' The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of LIBERTY."