Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Freedom . . . The Greatest Weapon of Mass Prosperity

The greatest weapon on the planet is freedom.  Freedom of an individual to choose his future without being coerced.  This freedom has, for over 200 years, been expressed and embodied in the American Dream that produced a nation with the greatest prosperity in all of history.  This freedom has led to the liberation of the conquered and lifted the economic and social structure of the entire world. 

America is exceptional because it has sought to unleash the capability of every American.  Its revolution of independence was not about land or food, it was about freedom from burdensome taxation and regulation so that a man could work as hard as he sought fit and retain the earnings from his labor. 

To secure the God given right of liberty, our founders created the greatest political experiment ever undertaken.  In America the national government would be limited and the people would enact legislation through representatives of their choice.  A republican-style government was formed with a set of checks and balances on power so that one man or group of men could not consolidate power and rule despotically.

WE must be vigilant against the devices of men and government which, as history has demonstrated seeks absolute power.  The Constitution has been the bulwark of the separation of power but it has been under assault for the past 80 years to which the limits of government power have been terribly broken.  We now face a government who claims authority over the climate, individual income, healthcare and now the Internet.  All in the name of “protecting” the people.  Dictators do not start with gulags…they start softly to take care of us.   As power becomes consolidated it turns from being benevolent to malevolent.  Freedom falls and with it so does prosperity.

WE must be vigilant to secure the blessings of liberty.  George Washington said “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”  

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