Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Liberty Lost in America


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 . . . "   These words, from The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, are the foundation of our nation.  They do not declare that our rights come from the government, as many today seem to believe.  They declare that God, the Creator of our Universe, endows us with these rights.  And that the government, by our consent, is to ensure these rights are inviolable—particularly, that our individual Liberty is not violated by the Government itself.

What is Liberty?

Liberty is the state of being a person within society free from restrictions upon one's way of life imposed by authority. Liberty is the right to act according to one's own will. Liberty differs, however, from licentiousness or libertinism.

Liberty has been severely eroded in America in the past 100 years. It has happened so gradually that, like the proverbial frog in the pot, many may not have noticed. Liberty has been diminished by the terrible increase in the power of the Federal Government. This has myriad causes and crucial moments but the four key players in this tragedy, in the public eye at least, have been the Supreme Court; Woodrow Wilson; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and Lyndon Baines Johnson. But there is a power underlying this institution and these men. And this power seeks to control everything we do, the words we speak,  and even what we think—except for the freedom of licentiousness or libertinism; this is the bone they throw the dogs to placate them.

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