Defining Freedom

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It is thirty years ago that Ronald Reagan won the 1980 election on the principle that the United States is “a shining city on a hill.” The idea that America is a city upon a hill, a place the world looks to for guidance, has been communicated by politicians since John F. Kennedy was president. What makes America so special? And if America is so special, why do the citizens seem to differ so greatly in how the country should be governed? Most people would argue that what makes this country so special is, in fact, our ability to civilly disagree on how this country should be governed. However, I believe that at the core of every American’s ideology is common ground…but I did not reach this conclusion one night in a dream. I have considered myself a liberal, followed by a conservative, but finally, with the help of a undercover professor and the forces of insight, I have concluded that not only am I a libertarian, but so is the vast majority of the American public…without even realizing it.

This journey to find the perfect ideology began at a seemingly young age. I was merely ten years old, and in the fourth grade, and the one of the most contested elections in history was being fought on a daily basis. This was the presidential election of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The competition was so fierce, even us fourth graders were exchanging opinions on the subject…although, admittedly, far less passionate than our elders. I had come to the conclusion that I would support Al Gore, but the reason, even today, I do not know. Four years later, another Presidential election rolled around, this time between the incumbent George W. Bush and John Kerry. I had just entered high school and was now living in a new city. ...

... middle of paper ... to anarchy as possible. People should be free to do anything they wish to do unless it affects the freedom of another individual. Thanks to the unexpected professor’s attendance of that debate, I had now found an ideology which has withstood the test of time, one that every person in the world could relate to.

That walk back to the dorm was the most invigorating walk I have ever taken. I felt like I had just unlocked the door to all the answers in life. Although the professor had embarrassed me in front of a crowd of people, the answers I got out of it proved to be well worth it. I had all the knowledge necessary to find these answers, but I just needed a push in the right direction. Not only did this solve one of my life’s most fascinating riddles, but it inspired me to use this new found knowledge to help propel me into a planned future as a politician.
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