1. a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual

2. the principle or habit of or belief in independent thought or action

3. the pursuit of individual rather than common or collective interests

4. individual character; individuality

5. an individual peculiarity

Right now, as we watch the GOP National Convention unfold, it is becoming increasing clear what is at risk.

For example, the GOP V.P. candidate Paul Ryan painted the memories of his transition from childhood to the present. As a kid he was able to wait tables, throw papers, mow yards, work in car factories, and then study economics, enter politics, and now, run for second highest office in the land.

He further remembered what his father told him at an early age. He told him that in life he would have to make decisions…and that what should guide him is that he could be “part of the problem or part of the solution.”

What is most important in this campaign is what they are promoting. In speech after speech, in one way or another, the underlying message is individual freedom. More specifically, the freedom to make and act on individual decisions.

While we cannot change the platforms these different campaigns will offer, we can only control our individual decision as a result.

For years, we have taken for granted the freedoms that we enjoy in this country. Considering the stakes, our singular goal from these conventions might be to support and promote the administration that will leave you and me with the greatest amount of individual freedom…individualism.

As always…You decide.