There aren’t many times in our history when the world changes in one day. Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of one such day. A bunch of terrorists killed more people than the Japanese navy did at Pearl Harbor. Each year the memory of it seems to fade a little further. The vast majority of today’s college students have no direct memory at all.
The phrase “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance” goes back to something an Irish politician said in 1790. We face dangers that nobody could have conceived back then. We still have to be concerned with terrorism. North Korea continues to work on building atomic weapons and rockets than can reach us. Russia will likely continue to tamper with elections. China will do what it can to steal intellectual property. This is by no means a complete list.
We must meet all of these challenges. However, we must do it in a way that doesn’t harm our democracy or the constitutional freedoms so many have died to secure.