Sunday, March 01, 2009

Are Americans Quietly Accepting Less Freedom?

Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand are arguably America's greatest defenders of freedom and they wrote much about government tyranny. Americans would be wise to read our Constitution and the writings of these two people to understand how we have deviated from freedom and are on a collision course with tyranny. Are we to continue to be the land of the free and the brave or are we going down the path of the majority of countries on this planet - the path of tyranny and subjugation by government. As Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged) wrote more than 40 years ago: We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. What our government is doing today under Obama is a travesty of our wise Founding Fathers who gave of their lives and fortunes to fight tyranny and founded a nation of freedom. Obama is the last of a line of Presidents from both parties that have sold our nation's principles down the river to the highest bidder.

Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers, promoted a "wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere. (Thomas Jefferson)

WHEN ARE AMERICANS GOING TO REBEL against this continuous loss of freedom to run our lives the way each of us sees fit. The following is just a partial list of all the ways government attacks our liberty.
  • Taxing some to give to others and taxing and taxing
  • bailing out losers in the economy with our money
  • regulating industry and businesses which is unconstitutional and raises the cost of goods
  • laws against ingesting things government deems harmful or wants to control (drug laws)
  • meddling in our economy by creating things like Fannie Mae and her brother
  • monopolizing our education system
  • accusing Big Business or Wall Street (whatever is in fashion on that day) as the cause of all our problems instead of policing themselves
  • zoning laws
  • eminent domain

Rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Ayn Rand

If we love this country and want to remain free we must stand up and be counted. Government is not the source of all that is good. It is the freedom loving productive individual. If we let go of the reins that holds government in then we let go of our freedom. This has been proven over and over again since man instituted government. America was a bastion of liberty...the question is - will she remain so. America the beautiful - she deserves to be saved.

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