Another post posed the question "What rights Have I lost Exactly?"
I think this is an excellent question that most people don't give enough thought too. Quiet simply over the last 50 years we seem to have lost "True Liberty" and we seemed to be willing to accept it because we didn't really feel it that much, at first. It was a slow process and no politician was dumb enough to come out and say ..." I want to take away your right to do basic things like think for yourself, make a basic purchase, educate your children, ect as you wish in order to make way for my personal agenda."
Instead we are always sold the same line that we seem to buy everytime.... "This is good for society because....."
Each agenda proposing "Social Justice Policies" has the same purpose. Each attempts to regulate away our basic rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" In the hopes a politicians will can trump, individual will.
But we don't seem to be making the connection between how social laws impact personal liberty.
We seem conditioned to accept the montra that "Government Responsibility equals personal protection from all forms of harm or injustice". We have been willing to allow our liberty to be regulated away because we thought we would benefit from it. We hoped such policies would protect us from whatever boogie man was present at the time. We wanted to be safer economically, environmentally, or domestically.
But when we realize things like wars, medicare, medicaid, SChips, food stamps, welfare, ect.... are costly, full of fraud, and come with loss; we complain fervently. Yet we remain hooked on such policies? Even ask for more social programs! But why?
The answer is simple, because we don't remember what true individual liberty and freedom are or what they really feel like. We have become so used to government intervention in our lives we are afraid to take back the burden of personal freedom because that would equal personal responsibility. It would also mean we couldn't force others to live as we wished by regulating thier lives. We would have to bear burdens like duty to our country, family, each other and true tolerance of individual freedom. We seem to have a yearning for freedom from a tyrannical, over regulating, over taxing government power, but with the desire to believe we can breed social equality with no cost or loss to any individual liberties.
"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”