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We’re Not Responsible Enough to be Free

The most notorious failing we Americans experience as a society is our utter refusal to accept responsibility for our own lives in the presence of liberty. We’re a nation of busy bodies worrying over what everyone else is doing with their lives. We’re a nation of control freaks and micro-managers, obsessed with achieving impossible ideals at any cost. We don’t take responsibility for the sheer insanity of our governments spending, waste, and debt.

We don’t even think other people should take responsibility for their own lives, and anyone arrogant enough to suggest that each individual is responsible for their own lives, for their own poverty and wealth, for their own achievements and failures, and for the natural consequences of their lifestyles and personal decisions is shouted down as some kind of sick jerk.

We allow irresponsible spending because that spending addresses problems we caused for ourselves. We pass endless laws and regulations because we refuse to allow the lives of others to bounce into our own without an umpire or referee standing by to call a foul. We’ve sacrificed immeasurable liberty because we cannot stand the weight of our own sovereignty. I find this disappointing.

What’s worse, is that most Americans know that the way we have recently arranged this society of ours is all wrong and will inevitably collapse under the grotesque fat of each new irresponsible government fiat.

Do they speak out? Of course not; they are just that concerned with how other people view them. Americans are scared to death to be called “selfish” or “anti-social”. I suppose there are some Darwinian antecedents behind this condition, but the negative consequences are such that there can be no excuse for our inaction and silence.

We fear the mob. We indulge in group think. We accept “truths” without understanding them or even knowing that they are true.

How can a man tolerate any belief held for any reason other than that he knows it to be true? Has our society’s prejudice against knowledge really impacted so many otherwise intelligent Americans, that they allow society to tell them what’s true and what’s false? Have we sacrificed even the sovereignty of our own minds?

The American people are spoon fed contorted realities by the news media and by their politicians and teachers, and they are just too damn lazy to bother learning enough about the world they live in to know anything for themselves.

Americans don’t seem to know anything about the world. They simply have faith that what they are taught (or told) about the world is true. If you cannot reach a conclusion on your own, using premises that you know to be true, then you are, in point of fact, dependent upon others to tell you what’s real and what’s not! This is irresponsible! This is insane.

And isn’t that the moral of the story?

We Americans are irresponsible and we’re squandering our liberty at an increasingly rapid pace. We have given up responsibility for our own knowledge, our own ethics, and our own lives over to a mob… over to the government.

Faith in the inevitability of American Prosperity and Liberty is a crime. Does anyone really believe that they’d survive if they behaved the way our government and society behaves?

I find us debating the political issues of the day, and I think, “for what”?

What’s the point? We’re not responsible enough to be free. Until we are, this rapid descent, this evaporating sea, will continue on a countdown to extinction. No society is eternal. No nation thrives by virtue of being itself. Reality has no respect for feelings nor ill-informed opinions. There is only cause and effect and the laws of nature that govern them. America is dreaming and wishing and pretending itself into extinction. That we’re doing this out of laziness is hard for me to bear.



About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

10 Responses to “We’re Not Responsible Enough to be Free”

  1. Gary Porter

    “A people may prefer a free government; but if from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when directly attacked; …they are more or less unfit for liberty.” John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

  2. Steven Tucker


  3. Publius Huldah

    As I read your article, I thought, this guy is smart!
    Then I saw you were a philosophy major. Well, of course you were! So was I.
    All college students should be required to take some philosophy courses. So they can learn to THINK. Americans don’t even know the activity exists. They hear stuff and then they mindlessly repeat it. It never occurs to them to check it out to see if it is true.

    • Agreed! Though, it should not require a philosophy degree to learn to think. Everything is worth thinking about and people do think about them, but they prioritize Fox News and the Kardashians above intellectual honesty and practical living.

      • Publius Huldah

        well,of course, you are correct. It should not require a ppy degree to learn to think. But when it comes to the Constitution, the debt, and such, the people don’t think at all – they just repeat what they have heard and state it as fact. And they uncritically accept – and repeat – the most idiotic and demonstrably false statements and claims. It’s as if our Country is being overcome by a tidal wave of belligerent, obstinate and self-satisfied STUPIDITY.

        • Ted Hatfield

          As always, PH, you are spot on (and so is Mr. Tucker)!

          The part of the whole picture which so pains and aggravates me, though, is the fact that the creation, and now the cultural domination, of the permanent SVC (stupid voting class) was as gradually effective as it was intentional. I have vivid memories of my Father and other family members railing about the dumbed down standards and socialist-leaning materials they detected in my (mid-60s vintage) textbooks.

          Barely two generations later, those chickens have come home to roost en masse and the destruction of our Republic is nearly a fait accompli.

  4. Don Vice

    I’m with him AND her! She’s someone I know is correct and reading what you have said I put you in there too.


    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

    Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.

  6. imtryingwolfy says:

    Democracy? We’re a Constitutional Republic.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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