It is 2012, & we are in the midst of a Presidential election. The parties have chosen their respective candidates and the election is less than two months away. I’m not here to endorse a particular candidate or praise one party or the other. I want to speak about the essential piece to our Republic. The reason the Republic was established. The reason sane men will willingly lay their lives on the line. The main ingredient that makes life worth living. It isn’t money, it isn’t material things, it isn’t a certain place of prestige or title. For those of you out there who may think otherwise, it isn’t even beer.
What is this thing, this idea, this solemn and precious component? Liberty! Liberty! Liberty! No, this isn’t a chant for a Jeep product, this is about Freedom. Without Liberty, what makes life worthwhile? Yes, there are those things that enrich our lives, people we love and even those we don’t can motivate us. But without Liberty, all of these things become a little less. All these things don’t quite shine as they otherwise would.
Look at our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, the Gettysburg Address and many other historic and famous American documents and ideas. Liberty, the precious gift of the Creator, but seldom experienced by men. This America, this bastion of Liberty. But we see that Liberty dwindling away at an ever rapid pace. Sure, you can still drive to the store, cross a state border or buy a beer without necessarily “showing your papers”.
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to assemble, petition the government for grievances and PROHIBITS Congress from establishing laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. See that? It guarantees the individual rights and denies government rights.
The 2nd Amendment continues the trend. The right of the States to create a militia and the right of the People to keep and bear arms. These shall NOT be infringed.
The 3rd Amendment keeps troops out of your house in peacetime and only in war as prescribed by law.
The 4th Amendment guarantees you are safe in your house, your person and your personal effects from an overreaching government among other things.
The remainder of the document continues to outline the Rights of the People as understood by the Founders. They declared these as Rights given by Divine Providence, not by government. We have seen this so seldom in history and never outlined like the Founders did it. Were there shortcomings? Yes, of course, but a free nation made up of free men and women fixed those issues and we continue to do so. Whether it was slavery, women’s rights, the civil rights movement and a myriad of other things, we work as a free People to correct and change what we see as wrong.
But here we are, less than sixty days from a Presidential election and neither of the two major party’s are talking about Liberty. The only thing I hear from both sides of the mouths of both sides is what government will do for you should they be elected. Not a damn word about your Liberty. Not a syllable about your being able to earn a living as you choose within the law. Not a peep about government creating an atmosphere of making this possible by getting the hell out of the way. No, nothing. Only about making those who have been extremely successful paying more to give it to those who can’t, or worse, won’t.
What have we become? Are we a nation with our hands out waiting for a benevolent government to give us a hand, give us a job, give us food and shelter and clothing and healthcare? Guess what? We are over $16 trillion dollars in debt as a nation. That means each of us owe it, we ARE the government. Individual Liberty is the key to success, not government intervention and direction. Government regulation and over bearing tax rates and fees do nothing but stifle business and commerce. It does nothing but suffocate the spirit of otherwise creative, talented and energetic free people.
I hear nothing from the sitting President or the guy who wants to be the next President about our Liberty. Your Liberty and my Liberty. How are they going to safeguard our Liberty against an ever increasingly tyrannical albatross of a government? I haven’t heard either of them or their cronies say a word about it.
Doesn’t that concern you? Are you willing to give up more of your Liberty to receive more from a government that took it from someone who earned it? Are you willing to allow a government who would force you, under threat of law, to purchase health insurance or any other thing they deem you must have? Are you willing just to be a silent and obedient serf to those in government that know what is best for you?
Or…..are you an American, proud and free? Are you proud of your heritage as an American, flaws and all? Do you cherish your Liberty and the Liberty of your friends, family and fellow countrymen? If you do, then you need to reach out to those desiring to lead this nation and tell them so. You need to open your mouth and let them know you are a free man or free woman and demand they take the necessary measures to ensure that Liberty remains in tact, fully. This experiment is self-government is uniquely American and has led to freeing more people around the globe than any other in history. This, the last best hope of mankind on this earth is rooted in Liberty, God-given Liberty, not given by any man or government. It’s in your hands……..but as for me, I choose L-I-B-E-R-T-Y!!