Regarding the question of what we are doing with our freedom:
#1 – Liberty is not to be used for licentiousness.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh . . . (Galatians 5:13)
#2 – The price of maintaining liberty is eternal vigilance.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
Even a self governed people can choose to place themselves under bondage with the yoke of socialism.