The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Opinion What we lose when we sacrifice liberty

(By Michael de Adder)
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Michael de Adder’s April 18 editorial cartoon was a perfect portrayal of what happens when “we the people” abandon our founding principles and fall prey to the ideologies of the multitudinous factions that have ensnared us in a web of confusion, fearfulness and insecurity.

It pains me to watch my fellow citizens as they beg for protection and so cravenly surrender their most precious possession: liberty. A key tenet of our founding is that each of us must develop the strength of character and courage to endure and overcome the perils inherent in liberty, or without these, liberty cannot be sustained. As Thomas Jefferson said, “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”

Robert J. Muzzio, Potomac Falls

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