“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” (Thomas Jefferson). This applies to both personal freedom and political freedom.
One loses one’s personal freedom the more one becomes a slave of bad habits. We do not acquire bad habits all of a sudden. They creep into our lives slowly, often unnoticed. One does not become dishonest overnight. One becomes dishonest by saying one lie, then another, or by cheating once and then again and again. So, we need to keep watch over our thoughts, our words and our actions, lest they lead us astray little by little and make us slaves.
So also, we need to keep watch over the polices that are being made, the trends that are being set and the laws that are being enacted lest they infringe on our rights and freedoms. If we do not stand up and speak for our rights we will lose them. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”