I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

-Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republican Presidential Nomination in 1964

We need this mentality back in our great country. At one point, liberty was our greatest pursuit because it meant no stipulations on our personal rights while simultaneously protecting them from being infringed upon by others.

At one point, we recognized that one of government’s few, moral duties was to protect and uphold our natural-born rights because they (our rights) cannot and should not be separated from us because we were born into freedom.

At one point, voluntary action was recognized as the true moral way of carrying out duties such as charity and the pursuit of wealth.

And finally, private property rights were totally agreed upon and untouched because we valued the fruits of our labor.

Nowadays, we are headed in the opposite direction: civil liberties can now be altered or removed in the name of so-called national security; private property rights being infringed upon in the forms of excess taxation (on the fruits of our labor) and the sanctioning of resources that could have been otherwise utilized effectively by the innovative minds of the market place; and charity being perverted in the name of coercion.

I have faith in the restoration of what is truly ours: liberty. We can no longer call upon liberty as a talking point or watered-down rhetoric. We need to reclaim it, literally. We can be the Goldwaters of our time.