What is liberty to you? Does your liberty give license for another’s bondage?
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word, we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty means for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the products of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things called by the same name liberty. It follows that each of the things is, by the perceptive parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny. Abraham Lincoln
Our Declaration of Independence states:
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.
We have a right to liberty, but unlimited liberty? Only insofar as our personal liberty does not interfere with another’s. At this point, I probably approach the outer limits of libertarianism where unbridled libertarianism intersects the boundaries of republicanism.
Absent a definitive mutual understanding of individual rights, we as a society cannot successfully “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
Today, our nation rapidly moves to a conflagration as expanding “civil rights” encroach upon and diminish “individual rights”. Aren’t they the same? How are they different?
Let’s first consider the purpose of rights. Their purpose is, simply stated, to head off conflicts and to establish boundaries for liberties.
Think in terms of private ranches where barbed-wire fences define boundaries. A rancher’s livestock freely roam wherever they please, as long as they do not breech the fence. Once over the fence, one rancher’s liberties now violate the individual right of his neighboring rancher to preserve, protect, and defend his private grasslands for his individual benefit.
Any discussion on rights and liberties must, for Americans, be framed by the language of our founding documents. I quote, “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.” These priceless words are in the context of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” – Natural Law, unalienable rights.
Refer back to President Lincoln’s remarks on liberty at the beginning of this article.
The Thirteenth Amendment came about because the liberties of white American slave owners, and proponents of slavery, differed starkly from their definition of liberties for African-American slaves, eschewing the concept “that all men are created equal”.
Congress passed the post-Civil War Fourteenth Amendment to assert the lawful, natural citizenship of freedmen, those born on American soil and freedmen born abroad. In a sense, it restated the principles of liberty and natural rights stated in the Declaration of Independence – I emphasize “natural rights”.
“And that all men may be restrained from invading others’ rights, and from doing hurt to one another, and the law of nature be observed, which willeth the peace and preservation of all mankind, the execution of the law of nature is in that state, put into every man’s hands, whereby everyone has a right to punish the transgressors of that law to such a degree, as may hinder its violation“. John Locke Second Treatise, Chapter 2
Pseudo Civil Rights
I believe individual rights and civil rights were synonymous, initially. Special interest groups have ignorantly, possibly maliciously, compromised the Constitution and undermined its principles for the purpose of acquiring special status that infringes on the rights of all individuals not a part of the special interest groups.
Our Congress has many ignorant lawmakers like Hank Johnson (D-GA) who imagines Guam can “tip over and capsize”.
Other lawmakers defy the biblical injunction against holding progeny guilty of the sins of their fathers. Rep. John Conyers, for example, introduced H.R. 40 “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” in 2009. Don’t laugh – he had 28 co-sponsors.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 dramatically improved opportunities for African-Americans. I know first-hand this to be true, because I grew up in the fifties and sixties when schools, public restrooms, public transportation and restaurant dining rooms were segregated. During the time leading up to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., I witnessed great injustice in Memphis, TN while stationed at Millington Naval Air Station. Never was there doubt in my mind that black Americans lived under a separate set of standards than everyone else.
Today, Hispanic activists have successfully created a new “race”. For the record, we in South Texas were not segregated from either Mexicans or Mexican-Americans – in all respects, they were considered “white”. “La Raza” demands special rights for all Hispanics. LULAC pushes political correctness – a Marxist ideology.
As this video from the Free Congress Foundation explains, Marxist theory was that all workers would unite. When that worker unity failed to materialize, Marxists changed strategy: “before a Marxist revolution could take place, Western culture had to be destroyed.”
The Civil Rights Movement was compromised by Marxists to destroy western culture – capitalism, individual rights, and Christianity.
Our only defense against this Marxist agenda is an educated, informed and motivated voter.
The racial composition of American society is such that race must be made irrelevant and knowledge of history and government made paramount. Our president had a white mother, a black father. Why does he call himself “black”? Solely to divide us as a people and to further his Marxist agenda. He declared we are no longer a Christian nation to further destroy our western culture. Along the way, the President and his Democrat co-conspirators are destroying our economy.
Optimists want to persuade us to believe everything is going to return to normal: full employment, good government and a growing economy. Facts speak to the contrary.
Knowledgeable and courageous financiers and economists predict “double-dip recession”, collapse of sovereign debt ‘bubbles’ and a collapse of the American greenback. Gold bugs say you can protect yourself by hording gold – not so. Even the gold ‘bubble’ will collapse.
America, and indeed the entire world, will fundamentally change.
Political and economic refugees from all over the world rush to get here to American soil to live out “the American dream”. God has uniquely positioned us as a beacon of hope to oppressed people everywhere. Never in all history has there been a nation like the United States of America.
What are you willing to do to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”? Are you willing to educate yourself? Are you willing to participate in your own communities? Do you even know the names of your city council members or the names of your county Commissioners? Do you vote in every election? Really? If you answered yes, I say to you, “I don’t believe you!”
The latest City of Rockwall election was decided by fewer than 5% of all registered voters.
All around folks are clamoring about Obama and his communist minions. Listen, folks: “ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL”.