As the forces of the Administrative State and the Proregressive version of democracy work late into the night to reduce our liberty we hear a lot of talk about freedom, rights and the accompanying liberty. Lots of people talk about liberty but to see the problem with that let me remind you of one of the most memorable quotes of that great philosopher, William Jefferson Clinton, “It depends on what the meaning of “is” is.” For our uses substitute “liberty” for “is” and you see the problem.
Lord Acton, of absolute power corrupting absolutely, had a definition.
“By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.” Kindle Location 531-532It is not a complete definition by any means but it does give us a way of closing in on an understanding. Liberty means that you have the ability to do what you feel is right no matter what the government, society or your wife tells you to do. You can make choices without coercion or threats to your life or well being.
We are experiencing a tremendous loss of liberty in our modern day America. The entire purpose of the illegal and traitorous persecution of the people arrested for their actions on January 6 are not for the purpose of justice but to frighten the general public into being quiet and enduring the overbearing actions of the police state. Since when do you throw people into jail for a year when the worst they could be accused of is trespass.
Admit it. You are not as likely to speak out as you once would. Those of us who write on blogs and such are not really brave. It is the person who stands up in a city counsel meeting that shows his courage and demonstrates his American liberty. The parents in Virginia who went to a school board meeting and had the FBI sicced on them is another example of persecution for exercising God given rights.
It is printed on our money. We need to see it in our streets.
Acton, Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902). “The History of Freedom in Antiquity", The History of Freedom, and Other Essays. Project Gutenberg, First Edition,1907.
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