The philosophy of the Founding Fathers –
“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.”
As stated and embodied in the Declaration of Independence. You should read the whole thing and meditate on the meaning. Ultimately the FFs very nearly slipped over a perfect system of creative anarchy. Read also the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and all sorts of other goodies from the Revolutionary and Pre-revolutionary period.
What the FFs had in mind was that the role of government was to be minimal and forbidden to do most things. The general idea is that each individual is pretty much free to do as he pleases. The only real role of government is to keep what I do from hurting your freedom to do as you please. And vice-versa. The other things that the government could do were co-ordinate national and international trade, coordinate nation defense, regulate and adjudicate differences between the states.
The basic idea was that total individual freedom should not be abridged, even to the point of allowing individuals to fail and die as may need be. As long as the failure was one’s own and not because another person infringed on your right to do as you wished. Another way of looking at it is that they felt that one should enjoy the benefits and also suffer the consequences of one’s own decisions.
Let us look at just a few things and see where we get. Under the philosophy of the Declaration, Constitution, etc. I ask by what tortured logic do you have the right to shove a gun in my face and tell me what I must or must not do? Oh, you don’t use a gun? Yes you do. When you pass laws restricting what I can do you use the force (guns) of law enforcement – and ultimately the military – to force me to obey laws that I may not agree with. Let us consider the restrictions on smoking, drinking, and drug use. Now I will agree that we have to restrict drinking and driving, or drugs and driving, or any related activity in that we know that impaired driving is dangerous to others. Even if you are drunk and crash and only kill yourself you still leave it to the rest of us to pay for cleaning up the damage. However, except for restricting you from causing damage to others no one else has the right to stop you from doing as you please with your own life. “It’s for your own good!” is the usual cry of those who would restrict our behavior. Who the hell elected them God? If you want to go to hell in your own way there is no reason that anyone else should be able to stop you by force. Now the rest can say that if you choose to drink yourself to death we will not pay your expenses, but we have no legal or moral right to stop you. By logical extension that also applies to drugs. I certainly don’t want them anywhere near me, but if you want to dope yourself to death – go right ahead. I have the freedom to tell you that it is pretty stupid, I can preach (you don’t have to listen). But I cannot stop you by force unless what you are doing will directly harm me or another citizen.
Samey-samey on contracts between citizens. What right do you have to say what I have to pay for a given service? What right do you have to dictate what I am paid to do a service? Yet the liberal driven Congress has decided that it does have just that power. It is called minimum wage. If I wish to hire someone and can find a qualified person to do the job for some price that is a contract between me and another person – you should keep your nose out of it. If it is not moral for you to do as an individual it is not moral for a government to do it. Of course, the logical extension is that if I do not wish to pay enough for the service that I need I will not be able to find a qualified person until I am willing to pay more. This is called the free market.
Obviously there are some things that will have to be regulated and coordinated. Traffic comes to mind. It is just too big to expect individuals to build roads. There must be traffic laws to keep us all going in the same direction safely. This is a good example of protecting me from you and vice-versa. Proper government function. Of course, one can decide not to go along with the traffic laws. Many people do. The problem is that we don’t take drunken or drugged driving nearly as seriously as we do political incorrectness. There are fewer consequences for drunk driving than there are for publicly uttering a racial slur – real or perceived.
It is interesting that our current mindset makes prostitution illegal. What right do you have to say that a citizen cannot sell sexual services? What right do you have to say that another citizen cannot buy sexual services? Obviously, it must be illegal for a pimp to force someone into involuntary prostitution (which is slavery), but where does the Constitution say that you have the right to make a free exchange of service for money illegal? Under the philosophy of the FFs we can regulate prostitution to insure that both parties are protected from venereal disease since that comes under the heading of protecting a citizen from the act of another citizen. We seem to have it backwards – we have made prostitution illegal – and do not stop or punish those who spread venereal disease. I am of the opinion that there should be a death penalty for knowingly spreading venereal disease. It is callous murder and should be treated as such. We do have the right to protect ourselves and our families. That trumps the right of an individual to be a jerk. We cannot force someone to be treated for his disease, but we can insist that he does not spread it to others.
And so on. Like I said – who elected YOU God? According to the FFs our rights come from God. There was no possible discussion – “We hold these truths to be self-evident”. Self-evident means that you can see it if you are not brain-dead. Needs no further proof. You libs may deny the existence of God, but you certainly have not taken His place. And only He can remove my rights – not you. Keep trying and eventually us grumpy old free citizens will have to implement the FFs solution. “…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 …” and “…it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…” Like I said, read the founding documents. It just might open your eyes.
“…deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” You have my consent to protect yourself from me. You do not have my consent to rule my life. I will grant that the majority of people want to be pampered pets, with their decisions made for them. Fact is most people don’t have the brains, the grit, the foresight to take care of themselves. Let them leave. Let them die and not pass on their genes and values. But – do not let the weak fools force you to give up YOUR liberty. It is not that most people resent slavery – they don’t. They just want to be pampered pets instead of working slaves. If the current tend keeps up, Obama will only be the first of the Socialists. Others will follow, promising something for nothing until all freedom is gone and the money runs out. Then there will still be no freedom but the serfs will move from pampered pets to field hands. Just as in the Soviet Union people will be told what they will study, where they will work, where they will live and will not enjoy the fruits of their labors. Only the government bosses will gain the fruits. Government makes a treacherous servant and a cruel master. Do you really want this? Just keep voting bread and circuses and pass restrictive laws “for your own good”. The current “climate disaster” (warmer/colder/whatever) is just an excuse to deprive citizens of freedoms on the part of the radical left. Sell your birthright for a mess of light bulbs? Even the so-called “conservatives” are not anymore – they are only slightly less liberal. McCain is NOT a conservative – he is a liberal from 30 years back. Obama is not an old-style liberal – he is a socialist – and he has no idea what this country is about.
The main danger in electing Obama is that he can appoint judges that cannot or will not read the Constitution with open eyes. That is a long-run danger. The immediate danger is that the Congress can and will be liberal and – for “your own good” – will pass laws that gnaw away at our freedoms. Count on it – they will.
Don’t think I am only anti-Democrat. I also dislike the current crop of Republicans. The Democrats are despicable – as exemplified by Harry Reid, Pelosi and the like. The Republicans are stupid and corrupt. The Democrats will betray us for bent ideals – Reid and Pelosi seems to genuinely hate this country. Funny things about wannabe socialists – they cannot point to a single successful socialist country in history. The Republicans will sell us out for stupidity and/or greed. We elected the Republican Congress back in ’94. We were betrayed. What the dems don’t want you to remember was that Bill Clinton was not elected by an overwhelming majority. Ross Perot elected Clinton by taking a ton of conservative votes away from Bush, Sr. The ’94 Congress was overwhelmingly elected by an energized conservative country. The Republicans did not follow up on the mandate that they had received. We were betrayed. The country has been teetering back and forth in disillusionment since. Pendulum swings. This swing can and will result in a further loss of freedoms. Upon your own heads be it.