The United States and Great Britain believe in the uniqueness of the individual. That has led both countries to uphold principles like individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom, which have been the foundation of prosperity in both countries.
Our systems of government represent the triumph of “individual liberty over the collective,” author Daniel Hannan said last week at The Heritage Foundation. “Don’t think that was some natural process,” he said during remarks about on his new book, Inventing Freedom. “The move away from oligarchy, away from autocracy, towards liberty under the law, towards individualism, happened in one place and in one language.”
But President Obama’s radical agenda could cause America to lose touch with these values, warned Hannan, a British conservative who represents South East England in the European Parliament.
Even our name, The Heritage Foundation, is significant, he said. “Heritage” is about teaching our children about their greatest inheritance: our values, laws and Constitution. It is up to us to preserve that legacy for future generations.
Hannan told the story of medical doctor Joseph Warren, who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride. Warren told Revere:
On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.
It is important that Americans recognize the traditions and values that make this country great. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving—especially our heritage of freedom.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?