In the struggle between freedom and slavery, liberty and bondage, agency and force, good and evil, what side do you fall on?
There is an eternal battle that has been waging since the beginning of man between those who believe that agency is the natural right of each individual to use as they see fit, and those who believe that they need to control the lives of those who would make, in their estimation, poor decisions.
Those who believe in natural rights, believe that each of us has the freedom to choose what we do in our own lives as long as we don’t impose on others’ freedom, and that governments are formed to protect the natural rights of each of its citizens. They believe that we can decide what are the best choices to make for our own lives, and each of us is accountable for those choices, and responsible for the outcomes.
Those who believe in dictating choices, believe that each of us should know what the right choices are, but that since we may not, they must create a governing body with laws, and “incentives” to make us choose correctly. They believe that they can decide what are the best choices to make in our lives, and that if we don’t make the correct choices(according to them) there are “consequences” imposed by government force, but if we do make the right choices(according to them) and the results are poor, then they will make it better.
In the history of the world there have been societies that have run the full gamut from full dictatorship to near anarchy. To the chagrin of those who believe in government force, the most prosperous and successful countries in history are those who had a set of protections for its citizens to guard against government intrusions into their liberties. The more individual choices and liberties a society has the more prosperous it is. The most desolate, and depraved countries in history and those with the worst human atrocities occurred in those countries that have been ruled by people that believed they could control everything and everybody.
Our Founding Fathers all believed that we were “endowed by <our> Creator with certain unalienable rights”, and that we as groups of individuals set up governments in order to “secure these rights” and that when a “government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government”. Because the founders believed this, they set up our constitutional Democratic Republic, with all of the checks, and balances in place to ensure the maximum protection of our individual liberties. They set the U.S. Constitution up to protect the people by binding down the government “from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” They set it up and said, these specific enumerated powers are as far as the federal government can go, everything else is given to the states and the people.
Contrast the beliefs of our founders, the text of our Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution to the powers that our federal government has assumed today, and this quote from the President of the United States: “as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf”. Can a leader that has sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic hold this type of belief?
So what side of this battle do you fall on?
It is time to stand up and demand that our “unalienable rights” be protected by those we elect. The founders provided an ingenious system where if those in power do not fulfill their responsibility we can “institute new government” through the election process. The first step is to get knowledgeable about the principles of freedom and liberty, and seek out those running for office that understand these principles and get people out to vote for them.