Liberty is the only good we all truly share in common
Originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
On election day, we focus on our differences, but at the core of the American experience is one unifying idea: That all people thrive with liberty. Even in our highly individualized society, we all seek a purpose greater than just ourselves — but without liberty, we cannot pursue it.
Liberty is the common good that serves both the individual and the community.
About one hundred years before the American Revolution, William Penn established Pennsylvania as a bulwark of freedom. Penn believed different people could live in peace if they had liberty. It was a revolutionary concept in a time when religious differences brought strife, persecution and frequent war.
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