My name is Kyle. I’m in my twenties, married, and a father. I’m a structural engineer and an amateur farmer currently fielding a flock of 5 chickens, a beehive, and a 200 square foot vegetable patch. I’m not a journalist or an activist. I have absolutely no natural ability to produce articulately written material. English was by far my least favorite class in school.
So, naturally, I’m starting a blog about liberty, philosophy, faith, economics, governmental policy, and pop-culture. Good call, Kyle.
Like a lot of other people working a job, raising a family, and generally keeping my head down, I’m seeing a lot of things happening very quickly outside my family bubble. America is changing, no doubt about that. Of course, change is good, right? Well, it seems around one half of America has serious contempt for the other half, and a majority thinks we’re changing for the worst. Those who disagree are blissfully unaware of any serious issues facing our generation other than how long it’ll be until a Kardashian posts a naked picture on Twitter. So, regardless of whatever change is occurring, it’s not improving our social harmony or our intellectual health. Our culture is degenerating as quickly as our ability to think critically.
As a born and bred American citizen, it ought to go without saying that I believe in liberty and individual freedom. I believe in the equal rights and protections for all Americans. That goes for men, women, adults, children, short people, tall people, fat people, skinny people, lucky people and unlucky people, nice people and terrible people. I even think the people who absolutely hate this country and its values deserve the equal protection it affords to them. That doesn’t mean I have to like you, though. The fact is we’re born with these unalienable rights. So whether you agree with them or not, they’re yours.
I’m afraid that our country is so blessed, so comfortable, so magnificent, that most of us take these things for granted. Do you realize how many American citizens are ashamed of this place? Too many Americans have been taught this is a terrible country. Too many Americans are actively engaged in dialogue and actions, votes and protests, all to undermine the very fabric of the home that has provided us with the freedom to do it. The more we take our liberty for granted, the more we put ourselves at risk of losing it. Should that ever happen, I will not tell my children I did nothing to prevent the unforgivable loss. We still live in the greatest and most free country on the face of the earth where we have the liberty to think and speak critically without fear of reprisal. Furthermore, being citizens of self-governance rather than mere subjects, we have the power to inflict positive changes. This is where I will plant my flag in the hopes that it generates much needed thought and discussion for this generation and the next to preserve our liberty.
I understand we’re a large country with citizens of diverse backgrounds and ideas. I will never write two words that everyone agrees with. Many people didn’t get past the first few sentences of this post. It’s the people that are still reading this, the listeners and the thinkers, whom I hope this blog can reach. For those that are still reading, here is a short list of what Always Liberty will be about.
This blog will discuss current events as they consume our national attention. It’s crucially important that we stay engaged in public conversation, always serving as a voice for liberty and defending our principles. It’s the only way to cultivate the next generation of freedom fighters.
This blog will not call for common sense; it will debate and defend what is common sense. Too much liberty has been lost fighting for common sense against an enemy in which liberty has nothing in common.
This blog will not resort to discrediting and silencing voices that offer disagreements. We’ll leave that to the enemies of liberty. You see, since their ideas are so absurdly terrible, silencing opponents is their only option. Instead, we will debate ideas based on facts and evidence, using sound logic, reason, and civility. In the end, truth wins. I’ve heard it also sets you free, so we’ll take that, too.
This blog will discuss politics and current events. While I believe strongly in small, limited government, it’s not the reality of America today. We will engage in political discussions and action to affect positive change for liberty and prosperity.
This blog will talk about the Constitution and educate readers on the precious document that has protected our rights from governmental oppression for over two hundred years. We will also teach you about the men who signed it, the majority of whom ought to be admired by every American rather than smeared and despised.
This blog will defend free markets. It will discuss how capitalism has proven to be the best and only system for producing wealth and opportunity, improving the living conditions of all individuals. This idea stands in direct opposition with the growing popularity of socialists who believe our prosperity can only come from powerful government.
This blog will do its part to support America’s best businesses, big and small. We often take for granted the variety of products and the rapid response of businesses to our demands as consumers. This blog understands those businesses aren’t machines, but real people with real families, dreams, and aspirations, working countless hours with pride and resilience to produce a living for themselves and their families. While liberals and the marxists demonize and constrain them for their success, here they’ll be honored and appreciated.
This blog supports and defends America’s military and law enforcement. Our finest men and women volunteer to serve and protect us and our families from the worst people in the most horrible parts of the world. They deserve our respect. Period.
This blog will defend national sovereignty and explain the importance of having a free and independent United States of America, a country that champions liberty for the individual, in the face of a world slipping further into centralized global tyranny. If that comment alone is striking to you, I hope this blog will be exactly what you need to consider a different perspective.
This blog will discuss history, probably the kind that was scrubbed and re-written in your history textbooks in school. Perhaps the reason many of you found the topic boring and un-relatable is because the real history was whitewashed and you didn’t connect with the pessimistic, negative revisions. This blog will tell the truth about the great men and women who personally sacrificed everything to deliver the most liberty in the shortest amount of time to the entire world.
This blog will not just defend these principles of individual liberty, but will go on offense. This blog will take on the enemies of freedom, the statists, the progressives, the liberals, the marxists and socialists, no matter what political party they claim, and expose them for the pathetic tyrants that they are. We will examine their propaganda and their hypocrisy and shove it back in their face, forcing them to own and defend their dangerous ideas that can only diminish liberty and prosperity, morality and decency, and the fundamental right of the individual to make their own choices.
Thankfully, this blog isn’t one of a kind. There are many great thinkers, speakers, and defenders of liberty. This blog will give due credit to those voices, challenge them, encourage them, and learn from them. There is absolutely a shortage of such voices under 30 years old. This rising generation has absorbed years of lies and propaganda from our media, our schools, and our leaders. This blog aims to counter that and lead the fight in education, while encouraging independent thought against the onslaught of group think and collectivization. The fact is, if we don’t successfully identify and defeat tyranny, it will defeat and consume us. Arrogant is the person who thinks they’re immune to oppression. In the course of human history, most people have only experienced tyranny. America has been the exception.
I hope and pray this blog will educate younger people and inspire them to think freely and critically, to understand and defend liberty from its countless enemies. I hope and pray this blog will inspire the next George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglas, John Locke, Abraham Lincoln, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman, and God willing, John Wayne. There are countless others and this blog will highlight them and their achievements. There are others yet born, and this blog will defend them against the inevitable onslaught they will undoubtedly be forced to endure. Should we fail to expand our liberty, it will shrink. As a father and husband, a son and a brother, an American and a free man, I refuse to let that happen.