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What does it mean to be free?

In American Sovereign on May 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

Are you truely Free?  What does being Free mean anyway?

Please join me in a discussion on this very important topic.

I would like to start this discussion off with my point of view.

Freedom is a condition of existence where I am the ultimate decision maker in all aspects of my life.

Let’s peel the onion a little deeper:

  • Freedom to take on the complete responsibility for what is done with the fruits of my labor, freedom from taxation without representation.
  • Freedom to make health care decisions for me and my family without government oversight and regulation.
  • Freedom to move about on common roads without FEAR of police harassment.
  • Freedom to direct how my insurance premiums are being spent.
  • Freedom to know what exactly is in my food.
  • Freedom to speak my mind and express my concerns even if they are at odds with the majority of people around me.

What do you think?

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Inalienable Rights

In American Sovereign on May 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm

As a free American, in order to accomplish your goals; you need to be able to act on what you think up. To be able to act in accordance with your reason, you need certain fundamental freedoms, called ‘rights’. (There are other things that some people call ‘rights’ that aren’t – a right is a freedom of action, not an entitlement to someone else’s work or property.)
The basic rights are:
Right to life, also called the right to self-ownership. The most fundamental. When you’re an adult, your body is yours, (not your insurance companies) to do with as you please. No-one is allowed to force you to do anything,(vaccines) no-one is allowed to hurt you.
Rights to liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You can do what you want, when you want, as long as you don’t violate anyone else’s rights.(no need to ask permission, or obtain a license)
Right to property. You can own things other than just your own body.
– Right to speak freely.
Right to self-defense. If someone tries to keep your rights from you, you have the right to stop them. A corollary is the right to bear arms.

The purpose of a government is to protect those rights: from other citizens; from outside invaders; and even from itself. To do this, it needs police and courts, and a set of written recognizable checks on its own power.
A set of written laws ensure a level playing field for everyone because everyone knows what’s legal and what’s illegal.
A government can be its citizens’ most dangerous enemy. There are a lot of clever tricks that can be used to limit its power while still letting it do its job. These include:

  • a written constitution: Limits the government. Applies to the government, not to the citizens. Enumerates what the government’s powers to defend rights are, and denies all others, and those powers can’t violate individual rights themselves. Can’t be changed by the government itself.
  • separation of powers. A single person/group has a large amount of power. By splitting the government’s power up between different groups, it makes that power more difficult to abuse. A sample separation is between legislative (writes laws), executive (enforces laws), judicial (decides when people have broken laws), and auditive (ombudsmen who check to make sure the government isn’t breaking laws) branches.
  • Checks and balances. Checks: various tricks so that if one part of the government thinks another is violating rights, it can impede matters. Balances: Attempting to evenly divide government power among the different groups.
  • A federal system: distributes the power of government between local (“state”) governments and the central government so that none gets too strong. Central government is a government of the states rather than the people.
  • Voting for representatives who enact laws to protect the minority from the majority. As opposed to a pure-democratic mob-ocracy where the majority can vote in laws that violate minorities’ rights.
  • Trials by jury. Judges crimes to ensure the government won’t punish an innocent man. Also judges whether the laws themselves are just.
  • Armed populace: if all of the above tricks fail, the population has one last resort: an armed revolt to remove the offending government. This, of course, means the population needs to already be armed. Thank God there is still that.

The times, they are changing.

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the

learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal

with a world that no longer exists.”  E Hoffer

The Declaration of Independence

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.