Freedom and Liberty
Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
Liberty is defined as the value of individuals to have control over their own actions.
Some quotes about Freedom and Liberty from some prominent citizens of this country over the years help us get a better perspective on Freedom and Liberty.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” George Washington, in a speech of January 7, 1790
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which grant[s] a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” James Madison, 1794
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln
Government is supposed to serve the people not the other way around. Our government is trying to get too deeply into our lives. We have started to allow government to grow beyond the original intent of the Founders. They’re starting to limit what we as citizens can do and can’t do.
Government has decided that they are the answer to all our troubles. The safety net that has grown around us has captured the drive and incentive of the individual. Since the mid sixties we have thrown trillions of dollars at poverty and the numbers of those who are being helped only increases. That tells me that money is not the answer to poverty.
Government is now trying to solve the health care problem, which was only a problem from their point of view. There were millions of uninsured who did not have health insurance; some didn’t have it by choice, some didn’t have it because they didn’t support themselves and didn’t have the means to pay for health insurance. The system was working. The opportunity was there to buy insurance if you worked and earned enough to afford it. Some chose not to pay and to take the chance that they wouldn’t have any significant medical expenses.
At an early age we all need to make some decisions in our life. How do we raise our children? Do we encourage school and a good work ethic or do we let the child do as they please. Education leads to more and better opportunities for a child as they grow up. Opportunities lead to better income and less need to turn to someone else for help. The sources of help are friends, family, the church, the community, and government.
A parent’s poor performance or poor choices seem to be paid for by the rest of us. The federal government is not supposed to solve all of our problems. The Constitution didn’t design it to be a nanny, but most importantly it doesn’t have the skill sets or temperament to do the job effectively.
The decisions are made by politicians who are skilled at telling voters what they want to hear to get elected, they are not the problem solvers that the private sector hires to solve problems and save the organization money.
The private sector depends are results, real cost savings and profits. The government spends others people’s money to buy their love and loyalty. They pass laws or use executive orders to limit the freedom of citizens; they prevent us from being independent and self sufficient.
We were founded by rugged individualists who wanted independence. They did not want government in their lives any more than necessary. They didn’t want government to solve their problems, and more than 200 hundred years later most of us still don’t want government poking their bureaucratic noses into our lives. They do it to solve the problem of the low information voters who want to have a nanny government take care of them.
Freedom and liberty does not include a redistribution of wealth. The current attempt by government to solve the health care needs of everybody causes all of us to pay more for more medical insurance than we want to cover the expenses of those who can’t do it themselves. My choices are limited and my expenses are increased to spread the wealth around for those who wont or don’t pay for it on their own.
We all need to be self sufficient and independent so we don’t need a nanny government to solve our problems. If we did a nanny organization to solve our problems government is the last organization to look to for help. They have little to no successful experience at running anything, and they have no concept of managing expenses or expecting results.
Freedom, liberty, independence, and self sufficiency are what this country was founded on. I miss those qualities!
Stop voting for anyone who wants to limit them.