Freedom is worth the fight
DOMENICK MAGLIO, Traditional RealistOur nation's independence from Britain's repression heightened our founder's insight to the dangers of a large government. These patriots personally experienced injustice of official's illogical policies alienated law abiding colonists. They learned first hand that any government must be limited to allow citizens to be free.
Published: December 1, 2012
Published: December 1, 2012
The United States has followed the principles of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence that these wise men produced. We have been blessed with a free and prosperous country. Since the Civil War Americans have always known what it means to enjoy the benefits of freedom.
The rapid expansion of the federal government is giving us a heavy dose of regulation and the indoctrination to self-censorship. This new cultural mix is restricting our choices under the guise of security and entitlements. This blurs moral values which legitimizes immorality.
The fear of illness and death has been exploited to pass an encompassing entitlement which restricts people's access to specific medical treatments. It will decrease our ability to determine the best methods to treat oneself. We are supposedly not to eat, drink or smoke certain items that bureaucrats think would adversely affect a person's health so not to burden our healthcare services. Our bodies have become wards of the state.
Our homes are no longer our castles. We need a permit to improve our own property and even to do necessary maintenance. Incentivizing local government by the federal central planning of land usage limits freedom of property owners to use their land as they see fit.
These restrictions of our freedoms will continue to expand making our first amendment a farce. Political correctness is eroding what we can say and think. Religions, especially Christianity are being harassed to stop preaching Biblical beliefs and practices. This is supposedly to increase tolerance towards immorality. Deviance is being liberated while healthy, stable living is ridiculed.
Our schools and media are indoctrinating our children and young adults to unwittingly accept progressive slogans. Parents are no longer inculcating their children with values of right and wrong. We are becoming a "live in the present, give me" society without a grasp of the need to prepare for the future.
Self-centered hedonist societies do not end well. Economic and moral collapse eventually bring weakness that results in either an oppressive central government that enslaves citizens or in a foreign military conquest.
Civilians serving government is incompatible with freedom to create one's own destiny. There are few individual choices in a totalitarian society. Eventually the government owns your life.
A free man can think, do and believe whatever he wants as long as it does not harm someone else. He can use his wealth and property as he chooses. He is not required to give anything to anyone nor is he entitled to receive handouts. A free individual is independent not dependent on the government.
Being free means you have to be self-reliant. Your personal health, happiness and welfare are your responsibility. You are supposed to take care of your own health. Eat and drink what you know is good for you. Each person decides how to live and takes full consequences for his lifestyle.
Every free person has the right to succeed or fail, which everyone does throughout his life. He has the right to use his own talents and abilities to the fullest. A person will experience the pleasure or displeasure of his own decisions. He is able to meet his maker knowing his life was the creation of his own free will.
Standing up to keep our freedom is the only way to maintain our selfhood and our dignity. Freedom takes vigilance to fight against the gradual erosion of our rights and those of others. Tyranny is the outcome of weak thinking and dependent people no longer willing to defend themselves or others against government oppression.