Americans want to believe that the government should not take away the freedoms set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and it’s Bill of Rights, which are the pillars of justice upon which this great nation of ours is built. They want to enjoy the protection of a government that gives them the freedom to do what they want without the restrictiveness of an oppressive government telling them what they can and cannot do.
However, our system of government only works when we concede some of our “freedoms” to ensure that the unalienable rights of all are granted and protected. The idea of true freedom, of true self-reliance goes against the concept of forming a democratic government in the first place.
What is freedom and how does one define it? True freedom is lawlessness. It is anarchy. In my youth the idea of anarchy that was prevalent in the rebellious punk rock songs and counter culture sentiment I subscribed to seemed like a good idea. Raging against the machine, going against the establishment, sticking it to the man, and fighting for the rights to do as we pleased were the prevailing thoughts. But if we were to believe the old adage, “Beware what you wish for, because you just might get it,” we would see that asking for something and getting it are two entirely different things.
If we wanted to see a preview of what true freedom looks like in a real world setting all we would have to do is look at what is happening currently in places like Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and parts of southern Asia. Those countries are experiencing true freedom from government, and look how wonderful their lives are. If we want to revert back to a state of nature, then we should absolutely restrict governmental controls. Let’s stop the government from protecting its people.
But when everyone finally comes to their senses, they will realize that more people are hurt, both in America and in a majority of civilized countries, by the pen being wielded by greedy corporations than despots wielding guns in the third world. Actually when you think about it they might just be the same people, just wearing different uniforms and going by different names.
The beauty of truth, is whether it’s good or bad, it’s liberating.