Liberty, License, Gratitude, by Robert Royal

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*Image: George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1796 [Museum of Fine Arts Boston]. A 19th-century European visitor to the United States noted that for many Americans it was a “sacred duty to have a likeness of Washington in his home, just as we have images of God’s saints.” Although unfinished, this was the most popular portrait of the president, and became the basis for the image on our $1 bill.

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing, July 5, 2021

Dr. Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and currently serves as the St. John Henry Newman Visiting Chair in Catholic Studies at Thomas More College. …


Robert RoyalOn the Fourth of July (even “as celebrated” on the 5th, as today), we all ought to be grateful for the freedoms of our American Revolution, imperfect though our history has been. Those freedoms have a certain shape: religion, speech, property, assembly, equality before the law, the right to bear arms – the stuff of the first Constitutional amendments and of older high-school civics classes. They made this country great, and can again.

The Founders were no fools, however, and warned frequently, lest “liberty” degenerate into “license.” Given human nature, that has happened over time, and to no small degree. But recently we’ve witnessed a shift to something much more subtle and radical. It’s not only ideologies like Critical Race Theory (CRT). We’ve replaced the old focal points of liberty – personal integrity, faith, family, community – with a trinity of postmodern substitutes: race, class, and gender. …