An Attitude Rooted in TrustHonoring a long-held pledge.
A New Bond
The pledge offered by the Signers, after all, was not to God. Nor was it to their fellow countrymen. Their pledge was to each other. They knew, every one of them, that if some broke the trust when the going got tough—and the going was about to get very tough!—others would likely break it too, and the Revolution would fail. Betraying their mutual trust would likely mean that each would die in vain and freedom would have to wait for another time and place. But they honored their trust, at great cost in blood, money, and suffering. Our freedom today is the legacy of their remarkable loyalty.
The theme of trust runs throughout the literature of the American Founding, often used as a synonym for freedom and self-government. Freedom means nothing less than citizens trusting one another enough to allow each to govern himself, to make his own choices in life, responsibly, and to enjoy the successes or suffer the consequences that follow. Live and let live is the attitude of free human beings, an attitude rooted in trust.
A New Label
The movement to reclaim freedom in America needs a new label. There is widespread belief that government is too big, too costly, too intrusive, all at the expense of individual freedom. But for those who cherish freedom and worry about excessive, unconstitutional government, where do they turn? What do they do?
Many rally behind the Republican or Democratic parties, though the devotion of both parties to the principles of freedom has been significantly less than perfect. Others gather under the Tea Party banner. Some call themselves libertarians. The most comprehensive label for lovers of economic freedom has been a broadly defined term, conservative, while many lovers of social freedom have called themselves liberal.
But these labels no longer work.
A New Trust
Bureaucratic regulation is synonymous with distrust.