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What Is Freedom?
The concept of freedom means different things to different people, depending on the level of freedom that you have in your life.
Most people, when they think of the definition of freedom, they think of liberty, which includes freedom of speech. The definition of liberty is having the ability to act according to your own will, as long as it doesn't affect the ability of someone else to act according to their own will. Most rational people would agree that this is the way that society should function.
The American founding fathers felt that this concept was of the utmost importance when they were deciding what the United States of America would be, and how it would function. So much so that they wrote this line into the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence,
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The importance of this paragraph is the basis for our system of government. This is what sets the U.S. apart from all other countries in the world. If you understand what this means, you know that the U.S. Government is now trying to take control of many of the areas of our life, and taking away our liberty, and our freedom to make our own decisions.
The Obama administration is not taking their powers from the consent of the governed, they are telling us that we are not smart enough to debate the issues of health care, global warming, etc. They are telling us that they know better than we do, what is best for us. They want to take away your freedom to do what you want.
Taking Away American Freedom
Forcing people to buy health insurance, and fining them if they don't. Forcing people to pay huge increases in costs for energy, to line the pockets of a few people in the name of saving the planet from something that many prominent scientists don't even think exists, or don't think that it has any effect on the temperature of the earth. Many think it would be beneficial if the earth was a few degrees warmer.
If they control the health care system, they will be able to control most of the aspects of our lives, they will be able to tell us if we can get treatment for an ailment, if we can smoke, if we can eat fast food, if we can drink alcohol, or if we can do anything else that they feel we shouldn't do. I'm not saying that these things are good. What I'm saying is, because these are legal products that we can readily buy, we should be able to use them when we want, as long as using them doesn't affect the right of someone else in their rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
The health care issue should be debated, we should fix the problems with the health care system, and we should not start over from scratch. Most things about the health care system are fine, it's the health insurance system that needs to be fixed. That's for a different article.
Our Freedom in America Affects the Rest of the World
The taking away of liberty from Americans does not only affect Americans. Regardless of what many people think, much of the success of the rest of the world is tied to the success of America. America helped defeat the enemy in two World Wars and continues to help protect most of Europe to this day. We helped rebuild Europe and Asia after World War II. We also give huge amounts of foreign aid to help countries that have corrupt governments that operate to keep their people oppressed, so they can't be the best that they can be.
The American people on their own give hundreds of millions of dollars in charity, outside of the government to help people anywhere it is needed, just because we can and want to. The buying power of the American people, because we are prosperous, greatly helps the rest of the world from our consumption. We buy enough products produced in other parts of the world that the loss of that buying power would greatly affect the economies of all of those places.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
— Ronald Reagan
Why We Need Freedom
If they take away our opportunity to be successful and to have extra money to give to people who need help, that will have a huge effect on needy people around the world. If you look at where government aid and charity donations come from, you will see that nothing comes from China, Russia, or any other communist government; this is the result of government control. The wealth and prosperity that comes with the freedom to be the best we can be, and to be as wealthy as we can, by being able to succeed to our fullest potential are what makes it all work.
Freedom Gives You the Opportunity to Succeed
I'm not putting down any European forms of government. It does appear that several European governments are moving more to a capitalistic form of governing while we are trying to move away from it. America moving to a more socialist form of government will hurt the whole world economy and will damage the system that has created the most prosperous and freest nation ever. That is not a good thing. It also will take away from the basic rights of all Americans, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It will also make us less equal if we don't all have the ability to be the best that we can be. Being equal means that we all have that opportunity to succeed, but it doesn't mean that we all have the same things. Some people will work much harder to succeed, they should have more than people who don't want to work to succeed.
The Need to Preserve Freedom
This is not a rant—I am truly worried about our great country. I am proud to be an American and happy that we can help the less fortunate throughout the world. It is something that Americans have always done, from the very beginning.
The Mayflower Compact was the first real government document of America. It was written by the people of the Mayflower. When the pilgrims came to America, they set up a system of government that was like a commune. Everyone got a piece of land. They would all farm their land, raise animals, make shoes, etc., and put their output into a communal store. Everyone would then split up what the community had evenly. They kept this system for only two years.
The problem they found was, if one family grew 100 bushels of grain, and another grew 50, they would each get 75. There was no incentive to be better. After two years, they changed and allowed people to grow what they could, and produce what they could, then trade for what they needed. They produced much much more because they could trade for extra things that they wanted by being better and growing more, or by producing more products that were worth trading for such as milk, meat, shoes, or whatever. That was the start of capitalism. If someone was having a hard time, everyone would help them if they needed it. They did it because it worked. The incentive to be more successful and create something that people want and need, will make you a success and create wealth, this is the real American dream.
Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.
— Ronald Reagan
Our Freedom Can Be Easily Taken Away
Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction”. We are on the threshold of that being a reality If we don't stop the loss of liberty. The next generation will not have freedom in the way the founding fathers wanted us to have freedom. We must stop it and hold on to the beliefs of our founding fathers, to be able to do whatever we want as long as it doesn't hurt others trying to do the same thing. They really knew what they were talking about.
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