Of course, the disagreements did not disappear with the achievement of our independence; they flourished, and for good reason. True individual freedom marked the achievement of our break from tyranny. Still, while folks could gather in the market square and debate their positions on the issues, there still remained a common thread which defined the limits of free thinking. That common thread was the appreciation and acknowledgement of having achieved our freedom as a people and it defined the limits of how far any individual could go in disagreeing with another.
This respect for differences has been passed down through the ages via parents, schools, and churches who instill in children a love of country and the principles on which it was founded. Over time, however, Progressive Liberal Thinkers have wrested control in the political arena to attack those principles in very insidious ways. While their goals are couched in terms of fairness and equality, they are really pushing their theory that economics is driven by the struggle between the races or classes for power. Further, they see the role of government as watchdog, equalizer, and grantor in the quest to achieve equality and fairness. This belief was never more apparent than during the era of Roosevelt and, over time, we have seen this way of thinking begin to spread among those who are ignorant of our history and oblivious to the delicate nature of our freedom. They fail to grasp that we are a nation governed by the permission and will of the people, not a nation that is sustained by the existence of government.
There are those among us who thirst so badly for control and power that they agitate divisions driven by class and race, but today they have added sexual preferences and religious beliefs into the mix. Any of those factors may be used to recruit individuals to rise up in the name of equality and fairness and to speak out, demanding that the government intervene on their behalf and fulfill their demands. Our democratic principles and our basic rights afford them this privilege, regardless of their numbers or the opposition to their demands by the majority of people. Today, the flames are continually being fanned and we have finally reached a time during which we are in peril of overthrowing the principles on which our nation was founded.
Now, at this point you might say, Wait a minute! Aren’t these people simply demanding the rights which we fought for in the first place? The answer to that would be “No.” We fought for independence and religious freedom, sustained by the belief that mankind was endowed with certain inalienable rights which no other man could deny. We now have sects of people who actually believe that their views should be imposed on everyone else. The atheists among us essentially want to see any public display or reference to religion abolished. The same-sex crowd wants the biblical definition of marriage to be redefined and to force religious institutions to embrace and promote their unions. The race baiters and class crowd want wealth to be seen as evil and redistributed in what they consider a fair manner, “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.” These concepts are far, far away from the ideals of religious and individual freedom.
For the sake of argument, let us assume that the government agrees to become the almighty arbitrator and enforcer of us all. Let us also assume that my next door neighbor is a jerk—I don’t like the way he treats people, the way he acts, or his selfish nature and I tell him so every chance I get. Nevertheless, my neighbor feels aggrieved because he believes that since we live side by side, I should be more tolerant of him. He calls up the authorities, complains, and BANG! Problem solved. The U.S. Government instructs me that I am to like my neighbor in a demonstrable way at every opportunity. Thus we have a solution to the neighborhood problem that demonstrates both equality and fairness—so says the government and like-minded people.
If the above outcome makes sense to you, then I am here to say that you have lost the philosophy on which this nation was founded. There is good reason why our freedoms were not listed with any specificity in our founding documents—no one wanted to set limits on them. In the Constitution, our rights are defined by the limits placed on what government can do to us, not by what we, as individuals, declare as our rights. Unfortunately, it is just this type of misinterpretation that has allowed those who continually fan the flames of ethnic and class envy to sustain their numbers and grow. They have the freedom to do so, but now they want you to believe they also have the authority to define and impose rights .
Abraham Lincoln stood at the abyss that was the Civil War, our nation struggling over the issue of slavery and states’ rights—an issue that met with passionate adherents on either side and was very much tied to economics. It became a wedge that all but tore this nation asunder and ended its history, but Lincoln prevailed in his wisdom and led us to a better day as a country. For lack of and want for leadership, will we find ourselves at a similar crossroad today faced with equally divisive issues? Who will lead us home this time?
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