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Freedom and Liberty

December 1, 2009

These are two concepts that we need to be absolutely clear about or else the politicians will pull the wool over our eyes.

“Free” as an economic word means no cost.  If your mama didn’t tell you that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” or “if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is” then there is something missing in your education and you could be what swindlers call a “mark.”  Free as no cost is a chimera.

Free also means free to choose.  In this sense it becomes more of a political word and is synonymous with liberty, though especially economic liberty.

Liberty is the right to choose.  It’s not the right to do anything we please; liberty always has constraints.  In our republic, that constraint is the social contract embodied in the Constitution.  The Founders wrote the Constitution so that the constraints were the minimal necessary for an orderly society.  They tried once before in the Articles of Confederation and found that they had erred on the side of too much liberty.  So they added a little more control and gave it to a central government which before had been lacking.  People were so suspicious of it that they wouldn’t agree to it without a specific Bill of Rights.

There is also a moral dimension to liberty.  Our moral values and the morals of society at large also serve to constrain our choices.  This prevents liberty from becoming license.  License generally means the permission to do something.  Our moral sense as a people constrain us, not the government.

When government forces you to do something or prevents you from doing something, it takes away your liberty.  It takes away your freedom of choice–like forcing you to buy government health insurance, the so-called “public option.”

Make no mistake: to fail to understand that preserving our liberty is what the Constitution is all about is to risk losing both the Constitution and our liberty.

One Comment
  1. January 1, 2013 4:39 am

    Yes. I love how you defined liberty as having a moral dimension. Few people understand that. The constitution was written for a moral people, and it is wholly unsuitable for the shameless and corruptible. A solution would be to either cure the people (not really possible) or enforce the constitution. I am aware of no entity today that is capable of enforcing the tenets of the constitution. The Congress and Senate are bribed, people forget the oaths they’ve taken, and our president thinks him a dictator. We’re in trouble.

    I believe these discussions will be cropping up more as people see their rights incrementally removed. Our country is in decline toward tyranny. Every day new attacks are executed against our fundamental laws and the people just play into the hands of the villainous.

    I feel it is ingrained into my senses to know the state of the world. I’ve written of these issues for over a decade and started publishing years ago. I often write of things that come to pass. I think we all knew years ago where we were headed, but it’s often too radical to believe it when you spell it out. These issues aren’t very popular but they’re important. People would rather read about sports scores and what their favorite actors and actresses are doing. I hope that trend ends soon because more people need to wake up and get off their pharmaceutical high and back into reality.

    -Jeremy Edward Dion

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