Choice is freedom & life is risk
Choice is freedom. Remember, when you were young and your parents finally let you chose what to wear? Before that, you had no choice so your mother did pick out the dorky outfits, but that was OK because your friends also had their mothers pick out the dorky outfits for them too. But finally, you were given the freedom to chose what to wear. Maybe, when your mom or dad went shopping for clothes, they might ask you what you wanted. You may not have been given a choice in underwear or socks, maybe not even shoes, but you may have been given a chance at some influence on your clothes. How about when your dad finally asked you what you wanted at McDonalds. Hamburger or cheeseburger happy meal. That was your parents giving you a chance at freedom to chose.
Our Constitution, the Constitution of the United States of America, clearly states that the citizens have the right to life, liberty and the persuit of happiness. You will note it does not grant the right to be happy, just the persuit of it. It does not grant you the right to succeed, but the right to try and succeed. As a citizen, you have the right to persue happiness as long as you do not interfere with everyone elses right to persue what makes them happy. The right to chose your path to happiness. Many years ago, even Warner Brothers Studios created an animated ‘schoolhouse rock’ style short that educated kids on this. I remember Wille Coyote chasing the roadrunner as the narrator read the right to persue happines but not the guarantee of happiness as the road runner, yet again out smarted the coyote and Wille fell off the roof of the Captal building. I believe that cartoon short has been locked away or destroyed, but it did exist.
In order to control a population, you limit or eliminate choice. Where I live, our governor has decreed that plastic grocery bags are ‘bad for the planet’ so he, and the democratic legislature, passed a bill eliminating statewide, plastic grocery bags. Your only choice now is to pay for paper or buy reusable grocery bags all in the name of becoming more environmentally friendly. Now notice what happened here. Instead of encouraging people to make the choice to use reusable bags to be more environmentally friendly, he, like all the other liberals, decided that he/they knew better than you and took your choice away. That is a sign of socialism, to take away your choices. In California, the governor there, with the aid of a democrat government decread/ made into law that you will not have the choice to purchase an internal combustion (gas or deisel) powered vehicle and force you to buy an electric vehicle. Damn the consequences, they know better than you what is good for you and your family, so, they take away your choice. It does not matter their reasoning for it, the fact remains that the fewer choices you are given, the less free that you are.
This is not what our forefathers envisioned. They could not have possibly known about electric powered cars and handheld computers with the ability to call anyone in the world, they just knew that you have the responsibility to chose what is right for you and your family.
This also means that you must take responsability for your choices. Life is full of risk. There is no Constitutional right to be safe. As we learned, the Constitution states our God Given right to life, liberty (freedom to chose what is best for ourselves) and the persuit of hapiness, but no where is it stated that you have the God given right to be safe and not suffer the consequences of your actions.
When I was in Jr. High School, I was a member of the ‘Sea Cadets’. One summer, my unit was sent to one week active duty. My post was on a 65 foot missle retriever stationed out of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. I had packed my bags to be prepared for a one week deployment and my parents gave me a little bit of money for incidentals. I had to make that little bit of money last. Now I had my billet, a rack or cot on board the boat, my bag with clothes and the Navy provided 3 meals a day but I was on my own for candy, soda, snacks, magazines or whatnots. Now this was a time when a Hershey chocolate bar was about .20 cents, soda was about the same and a Playboy magazine (what, a young boy about 14 years old on a Navy base look at let, alone buy a Playboy? And you’re suprised?) so if I was given $3 to $4 dollars. That was alot of money for my parents to give me, considering the average yearly wage was about $12,000 to $13,000 a year. So if I blew all my money, I was out, no asking dad for more, he wasn’t there. I will spare you the specifics, but after trying to act like an adult, which I was not, and some penny ante poker I learned to sparce out my money. I had to live with the consequences of my actions.
Who thinks that life isn’t filled with consequences? Who believes life isn’ filled with risks? And only an idiot believes that the government is responsible for their safety. Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
The danger today, is that America as it was designed no longer exists. The freedoms that we had just 50 years ago no longer exist. Too many people belive the notion that government is supposed to make life fair. Too many people believe that the roll of government is to take from the rich “who don’t pay their fair share” and redistribute it to those that don’t have as much. People get what they deserve,and as long as people continue to vote for politicians who promise to give them a risk free life, to take from others and give them what they have not earned, who continuously lie about their opponents claiming that they want dirty air and dirty water and that the reason you are poor is because someone else is rich, then that society gets the dictatorship that they deserve.
It was Alexander Frasier Tylor that penned
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
Stop and smell the cess pool that is Washington D.C. That isn’t cherry blossoms you smell. When our current president and the dominions of theft grant money from the pockets of the citizens to illegal aliens, who refuse to seal the borders of the United states but give to secure the borders of foreign countries, who send weapons to help the war in Ukrain but take them away from American citizens, and who promises to pay back student loans after people foolishly went into debt for an education that is worthless, then we are already living in the beginnings of an emerging dictatorship. This is the consequences that we deserve for allowing ourselves to belive that restricting choices and allowing government to dictate what is good for us for our safety.
A goverment powerful enough to give you what you didn’t earn is big enough to take away what God himself gave you. Welcome to the Amerika that you voted for. Happy New Year in a free-ish dictatorship of your creation.