2015 in Review: My favorite essay.

 

LR 2015 Backgrnd IconWay back in April, I wrote a two-part essay asking the question:  Is America really free?  I believe these two posts define one of the central themes of this blog.  Unfortunately, Liberty Relearned was but a fledgling wog of a blog, without many followers to read them at the time.  I really think they’re worth re-posting as sort of a “best of” look back at 2015.  Here are key excerpts from both.  Hope you enjoy!

Is America Free

From: “Is America Really a Free Country?”

“It’s a free country,” as the saying goes. We as Americans have been brought up to believe this. Our Founding Fathers even put it in writing. We say it without giving it much thought. It’s cliché. If we were forced to answer this question honestly, could we really answer in the affirmative? Even if we allow for some moral restrictions on our actions, can we with intellectual honesty say that America in the 21st century is a truly a free country?

In 2010, a law was passed requiring Americans to engage in commerce– whether they wanted to or not, whether they needed it or not. On top of that they product was product was made more expensive by requiring services that the buyers in some cases could not possibly use. The law of course is the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Worse than such a law even being passed is that the Supreme Court of the United States actually upheld it, or at least a key provision of the law known as the individual mandate. Their decision, apparently arrived through a lot of legal gymnastics, was that the individual mandate penalty is a tax and as such could be broadly regulated. At that point any pretense that America was a free country went up in smoke.


From: Is America Really a Free Country? Pt. 2: Phone and Pen vs. Pen and Parchment

Convinced that the phone and pen could defeat pen and parchment, President Obama continued his government by decree campaign in 2014.  Frustrated by Congress’ failure to pass immigration reform to his liking, he reverted to type and issued an Executive Order that he hopes will put some five million illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship.  This despite the fact that he himself previously claimed he had no such authority.  He was right:  Article I, section 8 of the Constitution gives the power and responsibility to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” to Congress, not the President.


We Americans have been on a steady decent away from being the rulers of this country to being the ruled.  It has gotten to the point that I no longer use the expression, “it’s a free country,” anymore– it just rings hollow.   I pray one day, that “We the People” will be able to proudly proclaim our freedom again, but that day will not come until we decide no longer to barter our freedom for security or comfort.

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2 thoughts on “2015 in Review: My favorite essay.

  1. That’s your favorite? Seriously? That America isn’t free any more because of the ACA, and that Obama overdid it with an Executive Order? Such myopia. I’m going to choose to ignore your selections and regard you as a lot better than that, as I do the country.

    Every day I share time and space with people working at the grassroots level, trying to solve the problems of individuals in dire need, giving their lives for it – and succeeding! It’s so much bigger than politics. It’s the culmination of our freedom traditions, changing the world from the bottom up, where it matters most. It’s the greatness of America. If you’ve lost touch with that, you need to stop writing (and whining), and get out in the world more. If you can’t find work more in line with it, then volunteer. Service will open your eyes.

    That’s my prayer on your behalf. Happy New Year!

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    • First, Happy New year to you too! I wish you continued success serving our fellow Americans in the new year. I would say that this essay was my favorite because it does a couple of things. First, you read it, you formulated an opinion and responded. How many people don’t even bother to do that much!? Second, any loss of freedom should be regarded as a problem that needs addressing. Too much blood has been spilled in the name of freedom to treat the matter lightly. My purpose in writing the essay was to bring attention to that problem. That’s not to say that others don’t have bigger problems than taxes, oppressive regulations, or the right to bear arms, but for those whose primary needs are being met, politics ought to be of some concern, because they effect every facet of our lives.

      As for service, it was my honor to serve for decades, and I’ve been “down range”. I know what its like to fly in a plane where not all the passengers have seats. I consider my writing, a meager perhaps, continuance of that service. Would have put on the uniform of just any country? No. I would not take up arms in the service of a country like Iran, North Korea, or Cuba. Why? Because they do not value freedom, human rights, or the individual. Their values would not be worth fighting for. Would you? So why suffer this country to become more like them, even in the slightest measure?

      A happy and blessed new year, to you and those you serve. Keep going!

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