Personal Liberty or Big Government?

     I graduated with a B.A. in history, and I was absolutely passionate about my    class in “Constitutional Law.” That class dyed me in the wool of championing                 our constitution, which was designed to protect the liberties of individuals and limit the control of government so that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” could be granted to all who live in America. This means a nation of dreamers and doers, not drones and dependents, a nation of individuals empowered by their government to work hard in order to succeed at the American dream of liberty and justice for all.

I have a friend who is a lawyer in San Diego and cherishes this same viewpoint. He wrote me such a beautifully impassioned plea for the cause of freedom that I wanted to pass it along to you verbatim. So, from “Mr. Narrator” (who also shared the following picture with me last year):

“On November 6, 2012, your vote will promote a country in which (a) your individual liberties are honored except to the extent they injure the rights of others; or (b) your individual liberties take a back seat to what those in power claim is best for ‘the common good.’

“The first choice, the model envisioned by the Founding Fathers, is based upon the ideas: (a) that all men are created equal; and (b) that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inherent rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which means, in part, that people are free to own property and do whatever they wish with it). This model empowers individuals to pursue their hopes and dreams without undue interference from the government. It is a risky model because it allows individuals to fail, sometimes even desperately.

“The second choice, the model envisioned by Statists, is based upon the ideas: (a) that all men are fungible, part of a collective; (b) that there is no Creator, and therefore no individual God-given rights; and (c) that all rights, including property rights, rightly flow from the government as the embodiment of the collective. This model empowers the government to deny the pursuit of an individual’s hopes and dreams if they do not sufficiently advance “the common good.” It is a risky model because power tends to corrupt and absolute power absolutely corrupts.

“On November 6, choose greater freedom, not greater corruption.”

4 thoughts on “Personal Liberty or Big Government?

    1. Thank you! My friend who wrote the article had a great blog, but I think he was a bit like Jeremiah the prophet, so correct in his assessment of difficulty ahead for the U.S. that nobody seemed to want to read about it or believe it, and so he finally stopped writing.

      I’m praying for mercy for our nation, but I know that unless our country really repents and changes, we don’t deserve (and are very unlikely to have) a bright future in the years ahead.

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