As we watch the violence spreading across our country it has become apparent that we desperately need to bring back American values. Core to having freedom of choice is making the right choice and understanding the difference between right and wrong. For example, it is wrong to steal, it is wrong to cheat, it is wrong to lie, it is wrong to loot, it is wrong to kill innocent people, it is wrong to abuse children, it is wrong to break the law. Most people would agree that these are values we all hold dear but if so, how can our country be in such disarray? Somehow our value system has been compromised by the word ‘tolerance’. If we impose our values on someone we are called out as intolerant. But our values is what defines us as a great nation.
When given freedom of choice, our values enable us to make the right choice. When given freedom of speech, our values enable us to be respectful when exercising this right. And when given the freedom to protest, our values is what keeps us from turning to looting and violence. As our values diminish so does our freedom as more laws and controls are put in place to manage our choices.
Freedom without values is chaos.