by Dick Rowland
Personal liberty is the second language of human society. It was never widely spoken until along came Thomas Paine. This sparked the 56 founding fathers to unleash it in the Declaration of independence in 1776.
The first human language was statism in its many forms; socialism, dictatorship, monarchy, communism, crony capitalism, etc.
But that first language keeps popping back up, thoughtlessly and destructively. For example President Obama, Senator Harry Reid, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor Abercromie and many others speak it fluently.
However, the second trumps the first. Individual human freedom to create and to be fully responsible for our actions and their consequences is second to none in human action history. Or, I guess you could say it is next to nothing.