Mountain Top Patriot left a comment on "We Can Afford To Be Normal No More" that was particularly informative, as most comments on this blog, but it expressed an idea I just had to write about the Gospel of Liberty. Think about that for a second. Who are the apostles of liberty? Are you one? Why not?
If you think about it, it inspires a devotion not unlike religion where you know a thing to be true that cannot be proved one way or the other. Liberty is good, it feels good to do as one pleases without hindering the liberty of another. It is an expression of the liberty God intended for us that we have hardly ever been able to maintain, because we get greedy and want more and more until we inevitably encroach on other's liberty. Once we have learned to take liberty from others to extend our own, we lose it completely because there are always those who are better at taking it than those who simply want to maintain it.
This is why conservatives lose a lot of battles with the liberals, the collectivists, who see liberty as a means of avoiding social responsibility. I disagree with that in every way, but it is the way they see it. Their concept of social responsibility equates to making their fetishes acceptable so they don't have to suffer the scorn of society, this they equate to religion whether that equation is valid or not. So, in their minds they have to destroy the church and the social responsibility guided through it by means of voluntary tithing to re-route that money through their government budgets.
The concept of a Gospel of Liberty is a direct refutation of their assumption that social good can only come from government power. Whenever a conservative thinks of social responsibility they think of the charities they support through so many religious or secular causes to which they are devoted. When a liberal thinks of charity they think of welfare and food stamps, but also support for gay-day parades, bike paths and other public works that support their vision of Gaia. They have, whether they like to think of it, or not, rewritten the Gospel to exclude God. Theirs is a gospel of dependence and extracted tithing rather than liberty.
So, what is the Gospel of Liberty?
The Gospel of Liberty, to me, is the promotion, the devotion to the values of liberty that have been lost these last centuries since the American Revolution. The American Government has been so devoted to governing, controlling, regulating action that it has forgotten that its purpose was to protect individual liberty. Liberty is no more in America. It will remain so until we become adamant about it, until we become apostles of liberty and spread the gospel of liberty with the zeal of the religion.