Day of Deliverance

There is a lot of turmoil in the United States and around the world today. Stateside politics and Supreme Court decisions have us divided as a nation. People in countries all over Europe, Africa, Asia and South America are rising up in revolt, leading to unrest all over the globe.

But despite our troubles and the tumult all around us, today remains a dichotomous day of solemn reflection, and of celebration. I think our second President, John Adams, said it best:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

Americans have come a long way in our 237 years together. We have had turmoil and trouble throughout our history. But I believe it’s the pursuit and protection of freedom, and the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” which have allowed this fledgling nation to rise to such prosperity that the entire world benefits from its existence.

Today let’s eat a burger, watch some fireworks, and celebrate. Let’s also pause to give thanks for our freedom—given by God, enshrined in our founding documents, and protected by the men and women of our military. We are truly blessed.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 100th Birthday, Milton Friedman!


I have a lot of respect for Milton Friedman. For those who don’t know, he was a man who, in his time, saw the rise of Communist and Socialist schools of thought and actively sought to teach people why Free-Market Capitalism is a better solution for governmental economic policy. He had studied the failures and successes throughout history and understood the policies that drove both. Yet then, greed and envy clouded people’s rational thinking and led people to overlook the great failures of imperfect people given so much power over their constituents.

Sometimes the truth is an uphill battle. It’s easier sometimes to believe a simple lie than the complex truth. A powerful, evil (and smart) dictator named Adolf Hitler understood this concept well. That’s why he said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

But often the truth is simpler than we think. I have great respect for those who understand complex philosophies and can break them down into simple enough terms that any college kid or TV-watcher can understand. If Milton Friedman was alive today, I have no doubt he’d still be doing the same things. He believed passionately in the freedom of every individual and the protection of the pursuit of happiness.

Enjoy some of his great teaching moments. And as you watch, try to see if there might be some very similar arguments going on right now. Does he answer some of the big questions and debates we’ve been having as a country over the past few years? Is the truth he speaks timeless (even if the video footage is not)? Are there politicians on both sides of the partisan divide getting off-track from the simple truths he presents?



For more, check out the entire Free to Choose series Friedman created back in 1980.
All 10 parts are free on YouTube!

There may even be things he says with which you disagree. That’s great! Just understand what they are and why exactly you disagree. I believe open, honest debate is essential and vital to the longevity and greatness of this nation. And understanding both sides of an argument certainly helps to foster legitimate debate, rather than the simple, lazy derision of people we disagree with. For these reasons, I’m extremely grateful for Milton Friedman and the ideas he invested so much of his life to promote.


Happy Birthday, Milton Friedman!

Happy Independence Day!


Enjoy and celebrate this day off of work. It’s a great day for friends and family, grilling, beer, great movies, and fireworks at night. I love that stuff, and believe times of joy and celebration are much needed in a culture where we work more and more and seem to spend less and less time with the people who matter most.

While celebrating this year, I think we should take some time to remember what this day is all about. The day we often refer to as the “Fourth of July” has a lot more significance when it goes by the name which gave it its reason for existence: Independence Day.

Just as Christmas is celebrated with presents, but we remember its meaning by reading the story of Jesus’ birth, this day ought to be remembered for its true meaning.

On this day, 236 years ago, representatives from this continent declared that they knew where our rights come from. They declared that since we were all created by God, and since we are all equal in His eyes, and since our fundamental rights come from Him, we ought not let men take our rights from us. If God desires us to be free, why should we give our freedoms to a tyrant king who, in the eyes of our Creator, is equal to every other human being?

After establishing the Source of our Rights and the role of Government, they went on to list the crimes committed by the King of Great Britain against the people of these young States. These “injuries and usurpations” were recorded and made known not only to the people of both continents at that time, but they are now recorded in history, and every generation since can read for themselves exactly the kinds of encroachments this tyrant made. This was important for them to do, as now no one can call into question the motives of a people who reclaimed their Freedom.

Finally, as they appealed to the “Supreme Judge of the world” for the integrity of their intentions, they declared their freedom and absolved their loyalty to the Crown. Then they declared the new subject of their allegiance. In taking on the British empire and risking everything they had to go to war with the best Navy in the world, they said to each other and the universe:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Wow. Everything they had. They knew they could lose it all. Yet they firmly trusted God for protection and they pledged everything to each other for the sake of the greatest cause their lives would ever know.

That’s worth celebrating. And it’s worth remembering.

To help us all remember what this day is about, even as we celebrate, I’ve created an Independence Day playlist. It has songs about freedom, rebelling against oppression, and just some classic American songs. It’s no substitute for reading the Declaration again this year, but it’s another way to remind us today. You can Subscribe to it, share it, or take it with you to play at parties. While you’re relaxing with friends and family, remember where we came from. Remember why we are so free. Remember where our rights come from and how blessed we are to live in a land where those rights are protected.

Happy Independence Day!