Liberty In America

This article by Shannon Gormley appears in the June 2020 issue of Maclean’s magazine. It begins –

“On a rainy day in late April, in a once-storied democracy now ruled by a certifiable madman who gives senior positions to his simpleton children because he wants to, who boasts of grabbing women by their private parts because he wants to, who uses the highest office in the land to enrich his gaudy hotels and let off his thuggish friends because he wants to, who threatens the press corps and Mexican people and his political opponents and his ex-wife because he wants to, who slathers gold paint on his MDF furniture and orange cover-up on his face because he wants to, who tells lie after lie after lie for no other reason than just because he wants to, during a global pandemic when the same madman’s dazed inaction has resulted in more people dying from the virus in his country than any other in the world – on that day, an armed militia drove up to the Michigan state government building, stormed the visitor’s gallery and stalked the balcony, assault guns brandished as legislators sat below.”

“Their demand: that they too be able to do what they want, no matter what others want. What they want is, they claim, liberty.”

“Liberty: In their view, it is the freedom to threaten others; in reality, it is they who threaten freedom. They want to do what they want to do and they want to do it whenever they want to do it, however they want to do it, and here is the key: It is not that they want to do what they want to do in spite of the fact others may get hurt, they want to do what they want to do because others may get hurt. That they are scaring people is no accident. It is the point. It is what they want. They imagine liberty is being taken from them and must instead be taken from others. To maintain their own parched little plot of freedom, they rain fear down upon everyone else.”

“And so, in and around the Michigan statehouse, some have waved rifles because they believe they have the God-given right to subject lawmakers to reasonable fear of getting their heads blown off; some have carried the Confederate flag because they believe they have the God-given right to subject Black people to the reasonable fear of being lynched.

Some have threatened to incarcerate a female legislator because they believe they have a God-given right to subject women to reasonable fear of all manner of retribution. And all have swarmed public spaces in a mass because they believe they have a God-given right to subject other people, their own societies, their own country and beyond, to a reasonable fear of a deadly virus.”

I’ve quoted snippets from a thought provoking read few Americans are likely to ponder. Gormley’s article deserves consideration. Full article linked below – what does liberty mean to you?

a group of people standing in front of a building: An armed group entered the Michigan State Capitol building to protest the stay-at-home orders, on April 30, 2020 (Seth Herald/Reuters)


6 thoughts on “Liberty In America

  1. What does it mean to me?

    Well, that image of HEAVILY ARMED Liberty (and ready for deployment to the combat zone) tells me that MY liberty for ALL is in danger—perhaps endangered too!!! Jebus H. Christmas!!! Should I get an arsenal of death & weapons too??? šŸ˜Ø

  2. Thank you for sharing this.

    What’s frustrating and grievous is the number of people who will write it off as being written by some “socialist liberal.”

  3. I’ve never seen a group of intellectuals so heavily armed. No use asking if they’ve read any good books lately, because they’ve obviously found better things to do.

  4. All ‘liberty’ can mean, really, is the freedom to have a damn’ good scratch. For someā€”others get elected to where they have licence to indulge their every whim.

    Being prez of yoosa carried a certain cachet once … now it simply means the holder of that office has fooled sufficient gullibles for enough of the time.
    No matter who gets in next (and thereafter) that office will never be the same. Not only currency can be devalued.

  5. If they wore black garments, you wouldnā€™t distinguish them from ISIS fighters who Ā«Ā have the god given right to instill fear in those that oppose their want for their own stateĀ Ā». Letā€™s employ the right term. These are terrorists.

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