Trump’s speech linked at the very end of this post. Before you declare your freedom, you should ask where does it come from? In that process, remember that we live under somebody’s laws. All laws are moral issues of right and wrong – acceptable or unacceptable to those in power. In other words, all laws are legislated morality – good bad or indifferent. It should be duly noted here that the singular purpose of the Constitution was to limit government and protect people from unscrupulous politicians.
Around most of the world, freedom is a very rare thing, if there’s any at all. What is freedom? It is a twofold status. To be free to do, and to be free from those doing to you. The Constitution of the United States of America declares that we have “certain inalienable rights”. Life is the first listed. Those who deny us the joy of living, or seek to take our lives or oppress us to the point of not being able to live a reasonable life, are violating the Constitution.
The second is liberty. Today, Americans have turned liberty into license (or licentiousness) To be free to do what you want is fine as long as what you want doesn’t hurt others. What if operating on a low moral standard hurts those who prefer to live up to a high moral standard? What if that low moral standard should lead to the spreading of diseases and misery for people who do not want to suffer from the low moral standards? Do they have the right under the Constitution to inflict upon the masses the damage they do? See previous posts:
The last listed right is the “pursuit of happiness”. This has a bit of a nebulous sound to it, and maybe that is justified. One aspect of the pursuit of happiness is to be free from harassment and plundering. Another is to be secure in the knowledge that the property you own, is yours and yours to do with as you please within the framework of just laws. Socialists, and socialism make this impossible. See previous post:
There’s lots more, but you get the picture. Now, here’s the article on Donald Trump’s explanation of where our rights come from:
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