It’s time for more commentary from Mormon (who abridged this historical record of his people).
“Thus we see how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.
Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men.
Yea, we see that Amalickiah, because he was a man of cunning device and a man of many flattering words, that he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly; yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent upon the face of the land for the righteous’ sake. – Alma 46:8-10
This is a chilling warning for our own day. It’s crazy to see how the people who were subjected to war – who fought and rejoiced for their liberty when they won the war – would quickly forget this blessing of liberty.
It is indicative of a very ignorant and naive people. However, this attitude is more than mere naïveté. It is also insidious at its most extreme. Okay. and depending on the person who rejoices in his/her liberty but then wants to limit it – this attitude is also hypocritical.
I feel pretty safe in saying that we all want liberty. We all want to be free. But then there are people who feel like liberty shouldn’t be extended to all. (Not that they want their liberty limited. They want the liberty of others to bear the limitation).
This is the same hypocrisy of the war in heaven. Satan wanted to have agency while simultaneously crushing ours. You can’t have it both ways, though.
Trusting those who have the desire to have liberty while limiting others’ liberty is pride, ignorance, and maybe even complete stupidity. We ought to fight for liberty the way that we fight for life. The loss of liberties and privileges always has a terrible, miserable, and painful outcome. Often, we can’t regain this loss without a serious and bloody revolution.
We are at a political crossroads right now – it is election year, and this year seems to be particularly depressing. I would never tell you how to vote, but I do think that we need pay attention to our liberties and how each candidate respects the liberty of every person in this country. Once we give up our liberties, the cost to get them back may seem too high.