Over the 4th of July weekend I watched the series, The Revolution. The Founding Fathers knew that the standard of Liberty needed to transcend the artificial concept of affective abstraction and become the normative aspect for a free people. The logic for doing so was their recognition of mankind's fallibilities, and the inherent propensity to subjugate those whose constitutional dynamic lacked sufficient depth in postulating one's inalienable rights. When you observe critically the two spheres of government and freedom you will predictably cerebrate (if not by apperception) that these two entities are potential opposites. To achieve the optimal manifestation of humankind's potential and prosperity Liberty is the essential component that will effect our expressive capacities. Conversely, government is an institution of men and women who are excessively preoccupied with their own ambitions. Procuring power is unremitting and it borderlines on perverse voraciousness. The only way to feed such an appetite is to acquire more and more control over the lives of the citizenry, while asserting that such actions are predicated upon collective benefit for all.
The Founding Fathers knew of this malignant predisposition, and if individual liberties were to resist with courageous fortitude, the government needed to be confined and or limited by a higher law. The form of this law was the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is a systematic assembling and arrangement of fabric that is weaved in such a way as to ensure government conforms with its function; to guard and protect the liberties of every individual and to permit the intrinsical right of self-determination. To defend against potential infringement the powers of our government are specifically enumerated in the Constitution. But humans can be devious creatures, can't they?
By simply observing current events one will become cognizant of the government's attempts at redefining the standard of liberty to suit their social agenda. The quantitative value of Liberty, as perceived by our Founding Fathers, has shifted into a dissimilar interpretation and the ideals bear no reference to what our predecessors envisioned. One could argue that these are revelatory times that require our sober attention, we forget, at our own peril, that Liberty is fragile and ethereal. I recently wrote an email to a person I am lucky enough to call friend, brother in patriotism and defender of our great Republic.
“...And when your Grandchild will come of age, she can hold her head with honor knowing her Grandfather stood for something greater than all of us. That every voluntary act within a man's life is either virtuous or vicious, and to those who choose the former do so by acknowledging that Liberty is the cornerstone of individual sovereignty. Those who feel disinclined and abstain from participation do so with vicious contemptuousness. They would choose, regardless of cost, to relegate to effacement the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution so as to reform the structure of this country in their image.
The burden we choose to bear is a heavy one, and it will not be without cost. But I do so knowing I stand side-by-side men like you, brothers in patriotism, men (and women) who understand sacrifice came centuries before us to cement for posterity a country free from tyranny and subjugation. May our providence be judged with equitable respect.”
The gentleman I wrote to is the owner of Present Discontent (interview coming this week), a person of respectable character and a man devoted to his family. There are synonymities between him and the other individuals I have interviewed on this blog. Conservatism is not, regardless of what progressives and statists say, some antiquated precept that disallows fair treatment of the lower class. By my humble definition (there are of course many other interpretations) it is a respect for traditional institutions, most notably Liberty. I submit that the aforementioned individuals will agree with me, at least within the specificity I have cited. We all acknowledge that the Liberty Standard has been marked by immorality and supplanted with the welfare state.
The people on the left have become psychologically dependent upon government entitlements and view them as deserved, reciprocal arrangements. These same individuals have the unmitigated gall to refer to Republicans and Libertarians as selfish and conceited. Maybe it is because we refuse to engage in a quasi-Faustian exchange whereby the soul of liberty is viewed as a commodity. Perhaps it is because they lack the intellectual capacity to know the difference between selfishness and self-reliance; the ability to act according to one's own capabilities and judgments, free from external control and interference. If our early American pioneers could see us now they would be completely ashamed, would they even recognize our Republic? The Liberty Standard has been high-jacked with misinterpretation and distortion, it is up to us to reinstate its fundamental principles.
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