Non-Negotiable Cost of Freedom
Americans Still Willing to Pay?
Written by JB
The high cost of freedom has never been negotiable, yet
it seems many Americans wish to negotiate anyway. The historic depth of
political division across
is proof of just how badly some want to negotiate the price of being free.
Several elections have ended in close calls of late and the future of our nation
hinges not upon partisan bickering, but rather upon the very real question of
whether or not Americans still have the stomach to endure individual
It isn’t enough to desire freedom. Every human being on
earth seeks freedom. However, freedom is defined in different ways by different
people of differing environmental influences. Freedom means something very
different to those who have only known tyranny, as compared to those who have
only known freedom. For those who have lived in bondage, no price is too high
for freedom. For those who have never known bondage, freedom often has little
Like life itself, which we assume will last forever on
most days - we hardly appreciate freedom or life until we are on the brink of
losing it. Then, often only then, do we grasp a deep appreciation for what we
spend most days taking for granted. Must it come to the brink before we wise up?
If so, I think we are getting close, too close for comfort
price of freedom
It’s not as if one can place a dollar value on this
thing called freedom. If we could, we’d have to say it’s worth every penny, down
to our last. Ask anyone ever held captive for ransom. Their earthly riches
seemed a pittance, hardly worth a thought, when compared to the notion of never
being free again.
The price of freedom is the same for everyone, though
some pay more than their fair share while others pay nothing at all. Throughout
history, the price of freedom for all has been paid by a few who loved freedom
enough to pay the cost for everyone, even as they were spat upon and rejected as
brutal criminals, rather than the unselfish patriots they
Freedom is all encompassing. Limited freedom is not
freedom at all. Don’t confuse freedom with anarchy however. Those who seek to
limit freedom always argue that complete freedom is anarchy. This might have
been true in the old Wild West as the nation was being settled. It is also true
that every communist state ended in anarchy, once the people overthrew their
Capitalism is nothing more than individual financial and
social economic freedom. The price of financial or economic freedom is the
potential for failure. Financial freedom requires individual risk taking. Those
who have experienced success have also experienced failure at some point in
their journey. In order to pursue success, one must accept the risk of failure.
In order to succeed, one must endure and overcome those failures.
Those unwilling to risk failure are not in a position to
grasp the brass ring as it passes. Their opportunity for success is governed
only by their individual fear of failure. To escape the potential for total
loss, one must forfeit all opportunity for complete success. In so doing,
whether rich or poor, each has chosen his own path. This is what it means to be
financially and economically free. This is what it is to determine ones own
financial destiny. This is freedom… and this is its price.
How odd that unregulated religious speech would be
deemed unconstitutional in a nation where the Bible was the very first text book
in every public school. How strange that those sworn to uphold and preserve the
constitution would read the very First Amendment of that constitution,
specifically written to guarantee a right of free religious expression, a free
press and freedom to assemble, even when at odds with the government, as a form
of restricting these freedoms.
The price of religious freedom is religious tolerance.
In order to experience true free religious expression, we must accept and
tolerate all religious views. We must not silence any religious expression,
anywhere, any time, as long as such speech is peaceful in its nature. The
founders only spoke of two restrictions on religious speech. The first, that
only peaceful religious speech was to be respected and protected. The second,
that the federal government could never establish any official state sanctioned
religion by passage of law, nor prohibit any peaceful religious expression
anywhere, at any time.
All other interpretations are inventions of those who
seek to remove First Amendment rights, restricting or eliminating religious
speech and expression from public discourse. This endeavor is wholly un-American
on its face as it undermines our nation’s most fundamental basis for all other
freedoms and liberties.
Our founding document, the Declaration of Independence,
which established our national sovereignty as well as our founding belief
systems, guarantees us, all of us who were endowed by our Creator with certain
unalienable rights, above all things, an individual right to life.
Make no mistake… A right to liberty and happiness are
meaningless in any nation where one does not first have a right to live, to life
itself. Yet many of those who again, were sworn to protect and uphold these
ideals, have somehow reasoned that life is not in any way protected by our
founding documents or those enumerated ideals.
The price of the right to life is the responsibility to
live correctly, responsibly, morally and ethically. This has proven to be too
high a price for many. So the right to life has been traded in for the right to
live irresponsibly, immorally and unethically.
of individual liberty
Individual liberty means the right to make individual
choices about private matters that affect only yourself and your family. Again,
don’t confuse this with civic duties, which affect everyone in the community,
which we also have a right and responsibility to face.
Liberty is not
guaranteed any certain race, creed or color in
America. It is
guaranteed every individual. It is not a government issued or regulated right.
It was endowed by our Creator, unalienable by even elected men.
The price of individual liberty is the forfeiture of any
federal power to define and administer a greater communal good. In liberty, the
power is entrusted with every individual, regardless of race, creed, color,
social or economic standing, not in any central governing power that would use
private resources to buy favor with voters and empower only the ruling class
elite in control of individual financial standings.
price of self-governance
is all about freedom, life, liberty, individual rights and self-reliance. It’s
also about civility, a genuine concern for others, charity and common interests
for a healthy, happy society.
America is about
responsible self-governance, not irresponsible federal power running roughshod
over our nation’s productive and responsible citizens to serve the needs of our
irresponsible and non-productive.
The price of self-governance is self-reliance. To remain
in charge of ourselves, we must control ourselves. To live void of federal
tyranny, we must participate in private acts of charity. The price of
self-governance is, when things go wrong, we have only ourselves to blame. If
government is too big, too wasteful, too detached, too corrupt, too socialist
and too un-American, it’s our fault. We are a government of, by and for the
people. Our government is no better or worse than our people allow.
price of self-governance is - the buck stops
Many sworn to uphold these principles seek to undermine
them today, negotiating the non-negotiable cost of liberty in search of some
federally issued balance that better suits the greater communal good. The two
ideas are mutually exclusive however. Federal power, to define and control
individual standards of living, and individual liberty can not co-exist. One
first limits, then eventually snuffs out the other. The list of American
freedoms were once almost endless, too many to ever list or number. The Tenth
Amendment of our constitution says it all really.
powers not delegated to the United
government] by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or
to the people.”
Simply paraphrased, any rights not specifically assigned
to the federal government via the written language of the Constitution, remained
the individual rights of the people and their local representative bodies in
each state. It’s hard to say it any plainer than that… As an aside, this is the
problem with using unwritten language when liberally interpreting the
constitution. When the written words don’t serve the socialist agenda, they
depart the written word and lean on unwritten intent. But it is the written, the
recorded founding principles that we are called to uphold.
In those written words, the founders did not entrust the
federal government with any broad socialist form of power over the greater
communal good. They did not entrust any central power with a right to regulate
the financial, religious, political, moral or ethical governance of the
individual. They entrusted the individual to govern themselves, every
They assigned only those few rights written in the
constitution to the federal government and with that assignment, a
responsibility to carry out those orders in accordance with the will of the
people and the states.
Socialists, marketing their agenda under the guise of
“democratic progressive liberalism”, tell us that anything less than socialism
lacks social conscience. They use unwritten intent to circumvent written
constitutional standards in that effort and nobody warned us better about this
than Soviet Leader Khrushchev, who put it this way…
"You Americans are so
gullible. No, you won't accept communism out right, but we'll keep feeding you
small doses of socialism until you'll finally wake up and find you already have
communism. We won't have to fight you. We'll so weaken your economy until you
fall like over-ripe fruit into our
Today’s Democrats have proven Khrushchev wise beyond his
time… Today’s “democratic progressive liberal” is neither liberal nor American,
on the basis of their agenda and the methods they employ to trick American
voters into voting for growing federal tyranny. Many of today’s Republicrats are
not much better.
At the end of the day, the choice is simple…Freedom or
free stuff… Take your pick, because you can’t have both! All roads lead
somewhere. Nothing in life is stagnate. Everything is either growing or dying.
Freedom and liberty are either expanding or contracting…
Capitalism and communism are the political polar opposites. Everything in
between is socialism, varying only by degree.
Every American must choose between freedom, personal
liberty, capitalism, self-reliance, self-determination and self-governance, and
some degree of socialism on the path to communism. Too many think this battle
for ideas ended when the Soviet Union fell
and the Berlin Wall came down. That was one victory, one battle, in an ongoing
debate. The war continues today, only the battle tactics have changed.
The “Reds” are not driving tanks into our cities, they
have been slowly indoctrinating Americans to accept, even vote for socialism via
Hollywood movies, daily press propaganda
and the education system. Those already indoctrinated scoff at every premise in
this column. Those who know I’m right, find nothing funny about it at all.
This is the choice Americans are making every time they
enter a voting booth today. But it can all be boiled down to one simple choice –
federal free stuff or personal freedom. That’s the choice. Make it carefully!