Until around beginning in the '70s, America was pretty much 'live and let live', generally. (There are always elements of tyranny in society and government. This is what we keep down in our work as citizens, but it cannot be eradicated completely. The Founders understood this well.)
Since this is a Fallen world, there are always elements of tyranny. However, so long as there is also always Eternal Vigilance, and the resolve to ACT against them, those elements will always be kept safely at bay.
For any here that can't remember, Liberty pervaded the atmosphere, and Freedom was a sweet savor in our nostrils and on our tongues. Ie: It was so thick you could taste it, and trust me, it is gone.
I Clearly Remember bits of Freedom and Liberty in my own lifetime - a very sweet savor Indeed. And it is gone Only through STUPIDITY and Apathy, which means that it will remain gone only so long as that STUPIDITY and apathy is Not REPENTED of.
So for any young'ns here, I don't believe you can imagine the depth and breadth of your endeavors, and the surprise you will get when Liberty is restored. I'd venture to say that their REAL Education would only be beginning. Liberty is not anarchy.
Only those who call Good Evil and vice versa would ever make such a claim about Liberty...
they're not called the ENEMY for nothing, for their Objectives are the most Vile and Wicked...to transform this world into a veritable HELL ON EARTH.
Liberty comes with attendant responsibilities - honesty, honor, integrity, objectivity, and some more tangibles and specifics. But the most VITAL PREREQUESITE of all is GODLINESS... from which VIRTUE, without which LIBERTY CANNOT EXIST, Derives!!!
Psalm 45 And I will walk at LIBERTY : for I seek thy precepts.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim LIBERTY to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
2 Corinthians 2:17...where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] LIBERTY.
Galatians 5:1Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.