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My desire for true liberty comes from what simply makes sense.

We all came into this world with two things; our life and our liberty. It makes sense that some will be born into rougher sets of circumstance than others. It makes sense that each individual make use of all the tools born with and this includes the use of resources learned and a responsibility to learn more, to better oneself. "Do nothing? Go nowhere." It makes sense that some will toil their whole lives, some will not, some won’t even need to. Everyone has their own cross to bear, even if it may not be obvious to the naked eye. I don’t know about you, but I was raised being taught that envy will eat me up; that it is best to identify what it is I want, set my eye on the goal and get to it. “Don’t covet. It wastes time.” It makes sense that my bettering myself also betters the world around me; in my own way. When my resources increase I am better able to contribute. And I want to. I want to hire someone, write someone a paycheck because they earned it, working and helping my business be more productive. If my garden thrives and I have extra because I am a good gardener and G-d has blessed my field, I share. Why? Because I'm human. And so are you. And “The Good Book” happens to tell us that the outside row goes to the poor. Why? Because “we are our brother’s keepers.” However, this only works when we are free to excel. It is not supposed to be an excuse for Big Brother to manage it all. I have a Big Father who has trusted me with the abilities He gave me, that I was born with and to make my own choices.

If my dog leaves my property and eats your chickens, I am responsible for your chicken replacement. If my cow gets out and eats your garden, I am responsible for that as well. These are faithful values. If you shoot my dog while my dog is eating your chickens, this is a reasonable response. You are only protecting what is yours. I do not need a law to tell me this and I do not need a law preventing this. This just makes sense. It makes sense to protect life. Our natural inclination is to preserve our life and the life of our species. Individually this means everything from the simple kill or be killed to more efficient ways of providing nutrition for our families to energy conservation (waste not, want not). Collectively, the more efficient and excellent we each are individually, the more we are able to contribute to the health of our communities. If I have a green thumb and you have land, I can grow food and we both can eat. If A has money to buy a cow and B has the land and C has the green thumb and the time to raise the cow, now 3 people or families, benefit. And on and so forth. It’s called cooperation. We do these things instinctively. We do these things voluntarily. It is no different than the entrepreneur with the idea, skills and passion and the investor who has the money. Put the two together and they both benefit. Chances are others will benefit from that association as well with new or improved products or services. The natural desire to have something to pass on to our children is preserving our lives, ensuring the continuity of the species.

The instinctual need to survive compels us to protect ourselves and protect our communities. We may choose to expel from our communities threats to our young as in released pedophiles. Collective interest does have a use. Any law put in place that prevents the individual from protecting its life is anti-life and therefore immoral. This just makes sense. Any government that institutes laws that prevent or inhibit the governed from individually or collectively protecting and preserving its life is immoral.

Each of us may choose to protect our individual lives by cooperating with others to collectively preserve our future. Again, collective interest does have a use. This is very different than interest in the collective. It is not about sacrificing the individual. It is for the betterment of each individual in the collective ‘we’. Not for the collective 'we'. Coming together to strategize, to write letters to legislators, to go to the public hearings, to inform the public, even for just some moral fortitude, is in the best interest of our preservation. There will be an accounting of the lawful steps we’ve taken to prevent anymore usurpations of our G-d given rights to life, liberty and pursuit of our happiness. G-d willing, we will be able to tell our posterity that we tried. And G-d willing, we will succeed. It’s worth it. My life depends upon it. And so does yours.

 

I am 39, married and a mother of 2. Injustice and hypocrisy I have abhorred my whole life. I never outgrew it. I am still an idealist. And I have found that my idealism is actually full of common sense. I cannot look away while my Country continues (more...)
 

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