“Freedom”

Thoughts on a Free Market Economy…

Freedom”

By Phyllis Hunsinger

July 1, 2018

            “Freedom!” cried William Wallace in 1297 before he was put to death as portrayed in the movie, Braveheart.  “Give me liberty or give me death!” said Patrick Henry in 1775.  History is replete with people yearning to be free and willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause of freedom.  America was founded by just such men.  These men expressed in the Declaration of Independence the self-evident truths 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.”  America is unique: the U.S. Constitution defines the relationship among individuals and between individuals and government, thus establishing ordered liberty.

            In a free society each individual has the right to ownership of their own body, mind, and property, right to shape a life of their own making, the freedom to succeed or fail depending on their individual intelligence and effort

            The loss of freedom is an insidious process.  Individual freedoms are weakened and destroyed in the name of social conscience.  Policies are made to favor one group, thus creating harm to others through intended and unintended consequences. 

             America has dropped to #18 in the Economic Freedom Index.  Government regulations, restrictions, prohibitions, assessments, taxes, fees, licenses, and permits restrict businesses every single day.  Apathy and complacency by the people and a desire to have the government insulate individuals from personal responsibility for individual actions have led to the continuing loss of freedom in America.  Representative government works only so long as the people remain aware of what their elected representatives are doing in their behalf.  “We the People” have neglected our responsibility as citizens for so long we are now pawns to the process.

             Yet all of these losses of freedom occurred under our representative democracy, where citizens elect individuals to represent them at the seat of government.  The U.S. has not been conquered by another country nor its citizens forced into submission.

               As we celebrate the 4th of July, often with backyard barbeques and family outings, we would do well to also remember the sacrifices made by the patriots that forged and protected our liberties.  This country is the greatest on earth because of the freedoms its citizens enjoy.

            Informed citizens, engaged in the government process, might have a chance to stem the erosion of our remaining freedoms. We must act responsibly lest we find ourselves living under self-inflicted despotism. Then, we, like Patrick Henry may cry “Give me liberty or give me death!”

           

 

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