The United States is a Republic, not a Democracy. That is being blasted loud and clear around the country these days. Guess what? Most elected officials don’t like it one bit.
The Founding Fathers didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about Democracies. In a Democracy the majority rules and can push the minority around. That’s the point of having a Republic with checks and balances. That’s why we have the right to assemble and to petition our government on issues.
Citizens are making it known that they aren’t all together happy with how the United States is being governed. Money is being spent with little or no regard to debt or inflation. Those in charge are acting more like Kings with perks and little regard for their subjects. Townhall meetings are being canceled or not held at all by certain members of Congress who don’t want to face constituents on issues like health care. Major legislation is not even being read by members of Congress or the President of the United States. This is a breach of trust. Your job, in government, is to represent your constituents. You do this by knowing what you are voting on. If you don’t have time to read the bill, vote “no.”
How are members of Congress responding to your right of assembly? Your right of petition? By calling it “manufactured.” By telling you that your view is wrong because it is not their view. They are disrespecting you because they don’t see the United States the same way you see the United States. How much respect can someone have for personal freedom when they call your questioning “manufactured”?
This is about health care, but it’s not about health care. This is about debt, but it’s not about debt. Something is underlying all these issues. It is something so powerful that men cross oceans to get it. Men voluntarily put their lives on the line to get or defend it. It’s freedom. Freedom is bigger than all of us. That’s why people of all political stripes are banding together. Freedom.
Freedom is the ultimate moral position. It trumps all comers because freedom allows us to become the person we were meant to be. Only with freedom can we fulfill our absolute potential. Even people who excel under strict control, excel because they buck the oppressor. They live a personal freedom that is embedded in their make-up. It’s so embedded that oppression, no matter how fierce, can’t control it. Freedom created men like Viktor Frankl. That is the power of freedom. Just think how powerful it is when there is no oppressor. Don’t kid yourself, any government control is a form of oppression. Even if it’s mild non-violent oppression. Government is a necessary evil at times, but it should only be used when necessary.
A government that wants more control does not trust its people. That government doesn’t trust you to save money for retirement. That’s why we now have a Social Security system that is going bankrupt. A government that doesn’t trust you to care for your fellow man, imposes taxes to transfer wealth. A government that doesn’t trust you to care for yourself keeps you dependent, and then lets you down when disaster strikes… only to come back and ask for more control.
A free people are able to reach greatness. A free people create quality of life, get rid of poverty, create friendships, and love. A free people take responsibility and understand consequences.
Freedom has downsides. People will abuse it. Others will fail and need help. But freedom is the only way to reach full potential. The downsides are part of life and no reason to call in the government to legislate a solution.
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