Liberty is worth the fight

Michael Tortorich
Michael Tortorich is a reporter for The Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at reporter1 @

In politics, doing the same thing time and time again and expecting a different result would be insane.

Yet that’s precisely what countries around the world, including ours, do when implementing policies proven time and time again to fail.

“Socialism” has been a vogue catchphrase thrown around a lot lately in discourse. And while such a term may be more of a catch-all, it does embody the spirit of a lot of the changes being explored.

Socialism is a negative political word, and rightfully so, since it has proven to be the gold standard of failure when liberally applied to a society.

Its frequent referencing is done to serve a purpose. It is a warning. We simply cannot afford to go down the slippery slope of socialism.

This country was founded on revolutionary ideas. Our founding fathers envisioned the city on the hill. They dared to dream, and those dreams bred the success of the nation. Born of those ideas is the unalienable right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

How often in the political discourse do we consider these rights? Our founding fathers implemented a government of checks and balances, run for and by the people. That’s what separates us from the slums and hopelessness of the third world. We don’t tolerate corruption, and we reward those who contribute to society.

Many put politicians up on pedestals as if they are kings and queens. While they may be respected for the duties they do for the people, it must be remembered that every man is a king, as is every woman a queen in America. Politicians are no better than any one of us. They simply are civil servants who work for all of us. That’s the beauty of our system of government.

It is the personal liberty of each and every one of us that makes this country great, and it is something that none of us should take for granted.

Ever since President Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s, the federal government has snowballed. It has grown into a massive, tax-hungry monster that only cries for more taxes and more bailouts of businesses that would be better off bankrupt. More, more, more.

And what do we get in return for our investment? In many places around the country we have schools that look like downtown Haiti. Meanwhile private schools do more with less money, due to the competition of the free market.

The ground is swelling with talk of liberty. Nationally-syndicated talk radio host and author Mark Levin, for one, is yelling it at the top of his lungs. His book “Liberty and Tyranny” is flying off the shelves. Liberty is a hot topic, as it should be.

Programs like Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano are also sounding the alarm. The Internet-only show, which is vying for an open time slot on the Fox News Channel, is tackling the issues the mainstream media seldomly touch.

It’s a neverending battle to preserve liberty, and in order for our country to flourish, it must be fought.

Now is not the time to sit idle. If enough battles are lost, so is the war. Many may think it is a saying that has been overstated, but I believe it can’t be said enough – “Freedom doesn’t come free.”

Stand up for it.