Does Society Still Value Freedom?

The theme of freedom has been popping up several times lately,  which for me usually signals the beginning labor pains of a  blog post struggling to be released. The sooner I tackle it, the quicker I can get some relief, thus today’s post.

It all started with ColorStorm’s “Finally, Utopia”, written with his usual trademark wit layered over deep truths.  What is utopia really, but a place where all your needs are cared for?  Sounds great, right?  What if in return though basic control of your life was handed over to others? Is that a good deal?  To some it would seem so and I encourage you to read the post to find out why.

Next we have Citizen Tom’s “Manipulated Again?”, a dead on portrayal of how we allow ourselves to be swayed by negative political campaigns and thus open the door to very, very poor leadership. Why do we let this happen and become bedazzled by miscreant, strongman candidates who think very little about the Constitution except how to get around it during their naked power grabs?  Tom’s post answers these questions as well as the equally engaging comments section.

And finally, we have the always insightful insanitybytes22 with her thoughtful post on the unhealthy trend of equating politics to war and demonizing opponents as enemies.  As usual, the comments section was hot with discourse and was where I found myself in a lively discussion with Brian over the horribly misnamed Affordable Care Act, a topic I can rarely contain myself from responding to.

ObamaCare gets me riled up in ways nothing else in politics does. Its passage was very well played by its creators, who used the sick and vulnerable to emotionally manipulate people in to thinking something, anything! had to be done right now! and that those of us questioning its effectiveness and affordability were in favor of poor people dying in the streets.

It was a disgusting display of seediness by power hungry politicians who thought nothing of pitting citizens against one another to get their bill passed. Oh and they lied, a lot, which I wrote about in an earlier post, Pathological lying and ObamaCare How one Begat the Other.

“They lied about prices going down, they lied about being able to keep your doctor, they lied about how superior your new O’Care plan will be, they lied about how wonderful it is that people are being dumped in to Medicaid, they lied about how non disruptive it would be to those with existing plans, they lied about the bill not adding to the deficit, they lied about taxes not going up and they lied about all the new jobs that would be created.  My God they even lied about the most basic of things in promising to have the  bill negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.  Remember that?  How quaint it all sounds now.”

ObamaCare is an affront to individual liberty and forever changes the power structure between the federal government and its people over the most intimate area of their lives, personal healthcare.

The question again comes back to why do we allow things like this to happen?  Do we really value individual liberty so poorly, or have we simply lost the knowledge of its importance?

The latter reason is more compelling.  I know so many good and otherwise intelligent people that are completely willing to hand over their personal power to that inept blob of bureaucracy we call the federal government and for what?  Some sense of security I suspect and the false impression that large, intrusive government programs equates to compassion.

In reality most do not.  As they permeate in to society, their mission becomes about protecting and benefiting the managing bureaucracy and the cottage industries that support it.  The needs of the people who use these programs become secondary to growing the numbers and keeping them dependent, while their self worth and initiative erodes.

The American people are waking up to this and are increasingly mocking those that try to demonize people passionate about reforming such decayed systems.  Tough love that leads to empowerment is always the better route and the truth of this is becoming more and more apparent, which gives me hope.

If however we really do hold freedom in such low regard, then the situation is fatal and Benjamin Franklin’s warning about the iffiness of keeping our republic rings true.  This is not a mere case of proper teaching but a moral issue that runs through the soul.

People that do not believe in their own power to direct the course of their life will always choose others to do it for them  Politicians know and exploit this by dangling the illusion of safety in return for more government. This power transfer from individual to government becomes larger and more intrusive in direct proportion to the shrinking choices of its citizens.

As a free citizenry that elects their leaders, we have a say over this balance and this next election provides a tipping point. One road leads to increased statism, less freedom and eventual tyranny, while the other puts forth a blockade to stop the slide and change the course toward freedom.

Electing the right person for this is vital, but it can be difficult to discern truth amidst the daily drama and backbiting of political campaigns. In my view, we should not be bickering over whether a person supports this or that hot button issue, but if they will bring our society towards empowering individuals over government.

The candidate that understands this also means a reduction in his own executive power and actively campaigns on it is the right one for the job.

I have not decided yet if that person exists, have you?

 

 

 

   

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22 Responses to Does Society Still Value Freedom?

  1. Dennis says:

    Great post as always Tricia!

    O’Care is a plan designed not to get health care for the supposed 30 million uninsured but to do the same thing social security did. That is to keep the democrats in power for the next 40 + years. It was and is a scam and has done nothing for the 30 million uninsured except add to that number and cause others to pay more for their health care. It will dismantle the health insurance industry and make everyone dependent on the government for healthcare except those elites who can afford to pay for their own physician. Ain’t socialism wonderful?

    “I have not decided yet if that person exists, have you?”

    If you do then you also must believe in the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Obama will stop the oceans from rising. All politicians promise things to get elected and then cave in to the pressure of those special interest groups and lobbyist that made it possible to get them elected in the first place.

    Even Reagan caved on certain things but he did do much of what he promised during his campaign. Maybe Cruz would do the same but I don’t think any of the other candidates will, especially a democrat.

    So we’re playing the charade again and hoping against hope that the next President will not hurt the citizenry too much and that we can find some solace in that and we can perhaps find some peace in our situation. At least for four more years until the same game is played again and the pundits get it wrong and the sellers of ads make millions. Ain’t politics wonderful?

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    • Tricia says:

      Do you really believe Dennis there is no one out there who would attempt to turn the tide away from statism and accept a reduction of executive power? I’m waiting to be convinced by a Cruz supporter that he’s the man.

      As always, thanks commenting, good stuff!

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  2. Dennis says:

    Out of the bunch that are running I think Cruz is the best person to “try” to stem the tide. He is a Constitutionalist and would not do anything against the Constitution but that does not mean he would not do things that the party or special interest want.
    At the least he would not increase socialist programs and tax the middle class. He has a tax plan that seems pretty good to me based on what I have seen of it. We need more details to decide if it’s for us or not but it is a step in the right direction.

    I think Cruz would make better Supreme Court appointments given the opportunity and his Attorney General will prosecute criminals. I doubt the IRS will target democrats and the VA will be more efficient.

    Cruz is not the perfect candidate but to my way of thinking he is the pick of the litter!

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  3. ColorStorm says:

    I’ll tell ya trish, between you and Citizen Tom in putting these multi linked posts together with super glue………good stuff, really.

    It’s a gift to be able to do that with deft and connectors. But yep, I’ve said long ago that the tiara was being already sized for the queens coronation……….ouch, her being Ms. Clinton, as she presents her version of eden. Please God help us, no we do not deserve it, but…

    Is there somebody now, worthy of a vote against her? Maybe not, but I would vote for a dumb and blind ostrich over her, sorry.

    No vote is one for her, and that is a tough one. Maybe hold your nose, look the other way, ‘accidentally’ hit the button, 😉 but can the clinton train be derailed with the help of an abetting media? Oh what times we live in.

    In the end though, God’s will be done.
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    • Tricia says:

      I think she’s actually wearing that tiara now CS, the formality of voting a fool’s errand in her eyes.

      It really would be disaster for the country if she’s elected, but I’m not sure it wouldn’t be worse if Trump got in for different reasons. Cruz, Rubio and even Kasich I wouldn’t have to hold my nose for. If it’s Trump I may sit out for the first time in my voting life.

      A dumb blind ostrich does sound appealing about now….;)

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  4. Citizen Tom says:

    @Tricia

    Great post! Thank you for the honor of a link.

    The candidate that understands this also means a reduction in his own executive power and actively campaigns on it is the right one for the job.

    I have not decided yet if that person exists, have you?

    As a practical matter, there is no such candidate. Some men and women are better than others, but there is only one Jesus.

    Our constitutional republic depends upon informed citizens who realize their freedom depends upon keeping the government as small as possible. The more power we give our leaders, the more difficulty we must have keeping them under control.

    Whenever we have an alternative between a government solution and a private solution, the choice should be obvious. Unfortunately, over the last century and a half, our great grandparents, our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves accepted what seemed like the easier solution, government-run this, that, and everything else. So now we have only one alternative. We must either give up all those government-run programs or give up our freedom.

    Once we lose our freedom, we will lose any benefits we receive for the government-run programs anyway. So it ought to be an easy choice, but some would rather believe the lies.

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    • Tricia says:

      So true Tom about needing an informed citizenry to keep our republic. It’s not people who support statists like Clinton or Sander or Trump are dumb and/or not well intentioned. I just think it’s so out of “style” to be up on constitutional matters, even racist in some circles to be a defender of it, that we may be at a hopeless spot.

      And yes, you’re right, there is only one who is perfect enough to lead while remaining humble enough to serve us and not crave power. Keep faith in Him I guess and the rest will work itself out.

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  5. Wally Fry says:

    As I have said before, I am a simple fellow.

    Marco Rubio all the way. I don’t even know if he would be any good to be honest. But he said the following:

    “I won’t change my position on the sanctity of human life just to get elected.”

    Works for me, I can sleep at night knowing I supported that. A man with actual convictions. Of course, that renders him a failure as a politician.

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  7. Al says:

    I read this post yesterday, but couldn’t, in good conscience, formulate my response. I am so disgusted by the whole process I don’t want to throw too much negativity out there.

    True be told, Trump is a little scary, but he has brought one thing to the table that is a must if you are ever going to find out if this fabled person you refer to exists. That thing is the end of political correctness. He certainly needs to dial it down a notch or two, but thankfully it is now a spoken reality instead of something that exist only in hushed whispers. Any “outsider” candidate really appeals to me, whoever it may be.

    As you so eloquently point out in your post, the federal government has become something that politicians hold in reverence. It’s no longer the populace that determines how things will go, but the most expedient and political correct solution that keeps creating dependence and thus maintains their grip on power. As long as political insiders continue rule the day, so the federal government will rule our lives. Reagan was one of the rare Presidents who shed himself of executive power and championed lesser government. Naturally, he is excoriated to this day by the snarky “insiders.”

    Hopefully, Trump’s candidacy, as awkward as it seems now, is the harbinger of even more political incorrectness and honesty that will eventually foster that person you are looking for. What a treat that will be.

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    • Tricia says:

      I share that disgust with you Al. I don’t know if we ever had pristine elections and if voters were ever as educated on civic matters as I like to think thy should be, but we really have a mess on our hands today. Our celebrity soundbite culture, the 24/7 news cycle, little to no attention spans and a profound lack of knowledge on the value of and importance of our founding documents leaves our country very vulnerable to a populist takeover which of course is where all demagoguery begins. Oh, there’s that lethal victim mentality too.

      I loathe political correctness as well and agree it’s destroying this country but I think there is a big difference in being un PC and just being a narcissist a-hole who can’t control his emotions which is what I believe Trump to be. I also think he would be just as much a strong man leader as is Obama and the question for me is would he be worse than Hillary? I really don’t know, but I suspect the Republican brand would be crippled for probably at least a generation. Some say this would be a good thing but our country would be unrecognizable by the time a new constitutionally focused party found its legs.

      We shall see though and as always, thank you for coming by and sharing your wise input. So right on RR, what a rare and true gem!

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  8. David Ross says:

    “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Henry David Thoreau

    The timeless quote hasn’t changed thru time, as people will continually yearn for that elusive security. A politician will spin a tale to get elected in the short term, but not explain the costs especially to your individual freedom as you so basically pointed out.

    Do any of the candidates have a cursory understanding of the situation in Greece? Probably, but they will not and cannot speak about it. (however, I’m sure Sanders does not).

    Freedom has declined significantly during the Obama regime and the one bright spot for me is even Hillary is better than Obama!

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