We have lost so many of our freedoms so gradually and so slowly, we don’t know, understand, or appreciate what the founders created. Instead, our leaders spout self-serving nonsense: Obama To Ohio State Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny. Yeah! Give the Obama the Great as much power as he wants, and everything will be just fine.
Nonetheless, occasionally a miracle still occurs, and some citizen takes it upon herself or himself to do what needs to be done without waiting for the government to do it.
Speaking of miracles, there is the Tampa Bay HEAT. All year I’ve been grateful for the various homeschool a la carte schools, fellowship groups, and co-ops. The HEAT, though, has stood out. The obvious reason is the opportunity for team athletics, but I didn’t truly understand the group’s impact until last night’s Sports Dinner.
After all, homeschooled kids get a chance for team athletics in Florida–the state from which the phrase “Tebow law” originated. All homeschoolers have to do is try out for their local public school’s team. (from Miracles)
In Miracles, nooneofanyimport tells us how a homeschooling mom set up a high school sports cooperative. Such miracles of individual initiative, people voluntarily joining together to solve a problem, use to be common in America. When Alexis De Tocqueville visited America in 1831-32, he found our people doing something so remarkable he had to study it. He found of nation of self-starters, people who took it upon themselves to fix what needed to be fixed. They did not wait for someone else. When something needed to be done, they just did what needed to be done.
In THE RIGHT OF FREE ASSOCIATION, I post an excerpt of Democracy in America, a two-volume work that describes what Tocqueville saw when he visited America. Please read it. Please read Democracy in America.
If we want to restore the freedoms we have lost, we need to understand what once made America a great land. For the sake of our children and ourselves, we need to understand what Thomas Jefferson meant when he spoke of our God-given rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and we need to yearn to be a people who know how to responsibly exercise those rights. And that begins by understanding the joy that comes from doing what needs to be done without waiting for someone else to do the work.