The Case For Liberty

Posted: May 12, 2011 in Ron Paul

The Unites States was founded undoubtedly on the idea of liberty and self governance. In the 1600’s the first of several waves of immigration arrived from Great Britain to settle in the land that is now known as North America. Many of these British colonies were formed solely for the purpose of their settlers being able to worship as they pleased, a concept known as religious freedom. Others, such as the Jamestown settlement in Virginia, were established as lands in which free men were to explore and prosper from new opportunity.

Over the next hundred years, colonists proved to be quite able to sustain a free and industrious society. In the 1760’s, Great Britain infringed upon the rights of its colonies by imposing the governments debts on individuals who were neither responsible nor willing to produce payment.

For this infringement of the liberties of one man by another, the colonists fought a revolution, won it, and established a nation.

John Stuart Mill defined liberty as, “the freedom to act, and the absence of coercion”.

In 1787, the framers of the U.S Constitution wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights, establishing our government as one which would recognize and protect the natural rights and liberties that every person is entitled to. Rights such as, thinking as we wish, saying what we think, publishing what we say, worshiping as we please, defending ourselves as we see fit, and our right to live our life as we please. In short, the Constitution reiterated what Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In a brief summary, through the events of the Revolution and the framing of the Constitution, the founders of the United States gave us a form of government called a republic. A republic does its best to democratically represent the will of the people, without infringing upon the natural rights and liberties of any person or group.

That is the original intent, or purpose, of the United States government.

There is no room for discussion or debate about the role of government in the life of a citizen of the United States. The role is clearly defined, both in logic and in the original intention of U.S law.

Unfortunately, the effects of history have lead the leaders of both our past and present towards a nearly criminal misinterpretation of what the purpose of our government is, and of what the Constitution states and does not state.

In 2011, our liberties our no longer recognized by our government and who we elect to represent us in Washington D.C. Too often, the U.S Government has ruled our liberty as individual persons as irrelevant in exchange for “securities” and “services” that we supposedly cannot live without.

Because of this, The U.S government is;

Taking the fruits of your labor and using it to pay for its expenses.

Supporting the institution of military forces overseas, and imposing its “interests” upon other sovereign nations.

Bankrupting itself by inefficiently providing you with services that you already pay for.

Supporting and funding the destruction of human life both within U.S borders and overseas.

Imposing upon your right to privacy.

Regulating what you can and cannot use your money on.

Fortunately, the debate over liberty is not over yet. The problems in America today is enough proof of that. Americans can reclaim their country’s original ideal by looking at politics and public life through the lens of liberty. Does this policy support my natural rights and liberties? If it does not, then speak out against it, and don’t support it. Does this elected official defend the interest of my liberty? If he doesn’t, then don’t vote for him.

With a proper understanding of what a free society and the philosophy of liberty is, you will:

Celebrate your humanity and divine nature that is given to you by God.

Embrace logic, knowledge and understanding in your interactions with others.

Seek to relate to something that is more than yourself.

Have a proper appreciation of life, and what it has to offer.

I’m not selling liberty as an idea, because your liberty is already yours. I’m just attempting to point out something that is already there. Your liberty is worth defending because your life is worth defending. If we cannot defend our own lives and liberty, than what else do we have that is ours?

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