Freedom is never silly

Technological advancements have made many things in today’s society obsolete.  For instance, the typewriter has been replaced by the computer, many models of which have in turn been replaced by newer computers yet.  Cell phones continue to shrink even as their range of functions expands.  However, with every new month ringing in the “next big thing,” there is at least one commodity that will never become outdated: the Constitution of the United States.

Many have argued that the Constitution has no bearing in the changing modern world.  Bill Kristol, a Fox News correspondent and Editor of Weekly Standard, has been quoted as saying that “[t]here is no way that a 200 year old document can have much relevance today…”

I can only reply to this sort of charge in a defensive manner. Society may advance, but some basics should not change, and among those basics is the relationship between the government and the governed. The Constitution of the United States deals solely with the essentials, and is designed to protect the people from their government by defining the boundaries of the government. The Constitution, the Republican Ideal, the Great Experiment as it was called, was and is designed to keep you and I free.

“Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion,” said Congressman Ron Paul while on the floor of Congress.  “Our Founding Fathers understood this, and created the lease coercive government in the history of the world.”

It is apparent that the framers of the Constitution established a very limited, decentralized government to provide for the national defense.  States, not the federal government, held the responsibility of protecting its citizens from crime and fraud.  For the first time in history, a government was established with the main intent of protecting the individual and his rights, which included property and various other personal interests.

Today, however, the American people are faced with politicians in both parties who have an apparent obsession with spouting the words “freedom,” “democracy,” and “justice.”  With the implementation of the Patriot Act, legislators and politicians inform the citizenry that certain rights are, well, silly.  Yet in a day when terrorism supposedly threatens our everyday lives, it should be remembered that freedom is never silly.  Nevertheless, from both sides of the political spectrum, politicians attempt to pass legislation that requires unconstitutional restriction or exploitation of the people.

“The political left equates freedom with liberation from material wants, always via a large and benevolent government that exists to create equality on Earth,” Paul has explained, while “[t]he political right equates freedom with national greatness brought about through military strength.  Like the left, modern conservatives favor an all powerful central state — but for militarism, corporatism, and faith-based welfarism… We must reject the current meaningless designations of ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives’ in favor of an accurate term for both — statists.”

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