Saturday, October 27, 2012

Too much liberty? Not a problem.

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” Thomas Jefferson

While I too cringe at highly partisan screeching from both sides in this election, I cannot get on board the Let’s All Get-Along Bus. The outcome of this election matters enormously for the future of this country. It will not be the same difference no mat
ter who is elected. America is going to be under the bus unless we stand for the ideals and principles that founded this nation.

Freedom and liberty are not jerked away from us at gunpoint – at that we would surely recoil, would we not? No, we lose our freedom slowly and almost imperceptibly, and it is accomplished through the guise of the collective good.

The expansion of government requires the belief that the collective is more important than the individual. In connection with the growth of government there is a corresponding drop in the liberty we enjoy and expect as Americans. But there is a tradeoff – should we wish to remain the freest nation in the history of the world, we also must acknowledge personal responsibility for our own success and failures. The acceptance of this idea seems to be becoming less prevalent or popular among the citizens. Is this a conscious informed choice, or are we unaware that in order to benefit the collective, we pay with our own rights to self-determination?

“The vision of freedom that I want to defend gives individuals the maximum sphere of control to run their own lives. If left to their own devices, many people will continue to keep the commitments that they make by contracts to others; they will show love to the family and friends whom they admit into their lives; and they will exhibit both charitable and patriotic impulses for a country whom they have come to love because it has provided the framework of opportunity to all.” Richard Epstein, Hoover Institute, Sept 11, 2012.

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