In our desire to have government become our benefactor and sustainer, we have allowed it to become our taskmaster and overlord. As a result, we have become little more than well-fed, well-entertained slaves to the state. Freedom, as envisioned by our forefathers, is gone. – Chuck Baldwin
Chuck Baldwin is an American pastor, writer, radio show host who currently lives in Montana. Baldwin was the Constitution Party’s nominee for President in 2008 and its vice presidential nominee in 2004. He is a champion of individual liberty.
As citizens we must be careful. The more we allow our government to do for us the quicker our liberties will erode. They’re eroding now. Between an economy anchored in high taxes and excessive regulation and a government that spies on us and kills innocent civilians overseas, this is not an America grounded in the fundamentals of liberty.
There comes a time when we must ask ourselves how much do we want our government to do for us? Because once we allow the government to do things for us, it’s difficult to get them to stop doing it.
Freedom, as envisioned by our forefathers, is gone.
Baldwin probably has a point here. America’s Founding Fathers envisioned a country where not only are citizens free to live their lives as they see fit, but they are also free from living under government regulation and scrutiny.
Our days are still more or less our to do what we want with, however for the past couple-three generations we have allowed our government to do more and more for us, and are putting up with more and more abuses.
My favorite examples are the fact we’ve been at war continuously since 1989 without Congress actually having declared war. This is specified in the Constitution, a tenet that both presidents and Congress – and, indirectly, us – have tolerated.
Another is the national healthcare mandate that everyone purchase health insurance. Is it the business of the government of a nation conceived in liberty to mandate its citizens buy anything, be it health insurance or radishes? No, of course it isn’t. Nothing is further from the tenets of individual liberty.
Friends, with liberty comes responsibility. The more liberty we demand, the more attention we must pay to how we are governed because once its gone, liberty is tough to get back.