What Does Liberty Mean to Me? By Dylan Mitchell

What does liberty mean to me?

Growing up in Maine is a privilege that I am proud to say I have been able to partake in during my entire 18 years of life. Maine is a place that to me truly embodies the American dream in a lot of ways. The people are friendly, and landscape is beautiful, and who doesn’t enjoy a whoopie pie? Unfortunately as I grow, I am starting to feel as though that dream is directly under attack, by radical politicians using out of state funding to sway the opinions of the good people of Maine. As a lifelong Mainer, I feel as though conservatism is a true virtue, and an important aspect of Maine’s culture. We are a blue color state. We support a strong family unit. And we want to live and dictate our lives as Mainers, not as slaves of Washington D.C.
A lot of people ask me why I am a conservative at such a young age. I respond with a question. I ask them, “what does liberty mean to you?” Most of the time they don’t know how to respond to this, and so I tell them what liberty means to me. To me, liberty is an unspoken creed. Something that grants us all the freedoms to be ourselves in the best way possible. It is woven in the words of the constitution, and it is the very air I breathe, because a world without liberty, is not a world I want to partake in. Conservatives truly embrace the word of liberty, and they fight to maintain a free and fair society. If I was not a conservative, I tell them, how could I call myself a Mainer?

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