This is the weekend we American’s celebrate the freedom to govern our own affairs. Our nation was founded on a simple premise: Leave decent, noble people alone to pursue their dreams and they’ll inevitably not only prosper themselves but but also foster prosperity for their community. But the framers of our constitution also knew that the whole idea of a free, limited-government society could only work when its citizens had a strong and healthy moral compass.
Regular blog readers will recall that I’ve written about this before (see, for example, Freedom and Character are Inseparable). But I’m doing so again and I will every year when we set aside time to contemplate and celebrate our freedoms – freedoms that have been under unprecedented assault because of the character crisis that’s crept into every aspect of our lives. Our families, our businesses, our government, and our community relations all depend on us honoring the ideals and principles that made us great and because so many of us haven’t done so in recent years, our freedoms have steadily eroded and the burdens placed upon folks willing to be responsible have increased exponentially. We all must do our part to reverse this trend. My part has largely involved my books In Sheep’s Clothing, Character Disturbance, The Judas Syndrome, and, of course, this anthem. Our socio-cultural climate must change because it so often promotes if not rewards character dysfunction. But it’s the increase in character dysfunction that’s created the climate in which we live. So, we’ll only reverse course by changing hearts, one at a time.
I’m not going to write a lengthy discourse on the threat to our freedoms the character crisis poses because you can read any of my many prior posts on the subject if you have a mind to. Rather, once again I’m simply going to call your attention to the issue and invite you to listen to the song my wife and I were inspired to composed as we came to our own realizations about the vital relationship between freedom and character. We hope it will inspire you to “pass the torch of freedom” by doing your part to make character cool again. Share it with your friends, and, if you have a mind to be one of those performing it, or know someone who might, contact me in that regard.
What do you say we usher out the age of narcissistic self-indulgence, intolerance, bigotry, entitlement, abuse, and unscrupulous hedonism and usher in the era of character so that the blessings of liberty can be realized to the fullest and for generations to come? I’ll be having more to say about this topic on the special Independence Day weekend presentation of Character Matters at 7 pm EDT on UCY.TV. In the meantime, here, once again, in the link below (this year I’ve selected one of the video postings with fewer views but of higher audio quality), is “America, My Home!”: