The liberty in your heart

“I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”

– Judge Learned Hand, 1944

Our democracy is at a critical juncture.  Political campaigns have become increasingly nasty with name-calling and personal attacks now commonplace.  False information is disseminated daily, and people are beginning to accept this as routine.  Free speech is at risk where people are being silenced and no longer feel free to talk about our government.  Journalists are called “the enemy of the people,” and their verified reports are referred to as “fake news.”

The system is broken, and it is up to us, the citizens of this country, to set it right.  Without democracy, liberty can no longer exist.  As Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

For the sake of liberty, we must re-dedicate ourselves to the principles of democracy and demand that our elected representatives do the same.

To see an extended discussion on these and other topics, go to the “Thoughts on Democracy” link in the menu.