This is the fifth post in a blog stream outlining why I will not and cannot vote for a Democrat. In this piece, we will examine the freedoms and liberties our constitution guarantees USA citizens. Many Americans do not recall, or never learned, the basic realities of how we derive the freedoms we hold. This issue constitutes another grave reason not to vote for any Democrat, no matter where they stand on other issues—our freedoms, liberties, and our way of life is at stake.
I hope you find this post meaningful,
DO YOU CHERISH FREEDOM?
The American Revolution was a historic and gruesome struggle for the cause of liberty. People of that day felt freedom was so important, it drove them to sacrifice their lives for the cause. Many mothers and fathers on each side of the Atlantic Ocean lost sons and daughters in the war. Siblings lost siblings; wives lost husbands; in some cases, husbands lost wives. It was devastating.
Our existence as a nation did not look obvious when viewed from revolutionary war battlefields. We lost many conflicts during the war, and throughout much of the early years, our army was a mess, without enough weapons, uniforms, clothing, shelter, food, or men to help fight. Our founders fought against all the odds, and for a brief time it looked like those who died might have died in vain. However, in the heart of every person is the desire to be free, to choose his or her destiny, to use the gift of free will God instill in every person. Our ancestors nurtured a deep desire for liberty, yet it seems our culture has erased that passion, yet people from this nation’s early days understood the tenuous nature of liberty, as follows:
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” [James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention, 1783]
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” [Samuel Adams, 1779]
In this fallen and sinful world, we must remember liberty is a gift, and we must not confuse personal freedom with equality, they are not the same. At the root of every person and soul is the God-given right to be free, to choose our way, whether that way is ultimately sinful or righteous. Think about the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. God set His Chosen People free from the tyranny and slavery brought upon them by Pharaoh. However, many people do not know that at one time in history, Egyptians had embraced the Jewish people and had welcomed them into their land; the Jews were not always slaves of the Egyptians. Over time, Egyptian rulers forgot history; they enslaved the Jews. God desired freedom for His people, for it is only through true freedom that a person can rise to the heights that God intends for them. In that account, we see that freedoms can be lost slowly, without notice by those being enslaved. Likewise, it seems many today, including judges, have forgotten the words and purpose of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Much has been said about that famous amendment, and many court decisions have touched upon or ruled on its meanings. I am not a lawyer; therefore, my views regarding these matters stem from me alone. It seems that during the coronavirus lockdowns, two different camps emerged regarding First Amendment rights. On one hand, the left and its governors/mayors were happy to lock us down as hard, and for as long, as possible. While the governors/mayors on the right wanted the lockdowns to end, and the country to reopen, as soon as possible. This is the ground upon which this post rests.
The left appears to have little respect for the constitution or the freedoms it provides all citizens as if our founding document gets in the way of their agendas. Many lawsuits have been filed (mainly against Democratic Party governors and mayors) challenging the many draconian rules our leaders have imposed. Yet, think about those realities and ask yourself these questions:
- Isn’t it troublesome that some governors and mayors, on the left, want to continue locking us down indefinitely?
- If our rights were going to be taken, as they certainly were during the lockdowns, shouldn’t it have been for a precise time limit and under precise regulations and rules? Again, the left appears to want no rules, no end game to the lockdowns.
- Shouldn’t all leaders search for ways to end all lockdowns as soon as possible? We know President Trump has desired a finite time for the lockdowns, yet those on the left seem to have a thirst for extending the mandates and lockdowns.
- The USA is a large country, why is the left always looking for ways to implement a one-size-fits-all solution for every state and every region? Isn’t this something that should be voted on or at least have serious deliberations?
- Why does it seem that the left cares more about preventing all coronavirus cases and deaths, yet seems to hold no concern over the millions suffering from a plethora of other medical issues?
- Regarding the science, why does the left seem focused on listening to one or two scientists, while objecting to expanding the scope to many scientific opinions?
- Why does the left treat people of faith differently than others (300 people can go to a grocery store for an hour, yet for months only ten people could go to church)?
- Who is the entity in this country who has the responsibility to define what is essential (for me, my faith is essential, it is supposed to be protected by the First Amendment)?
- Why does the left see no problem with telling free Americans that they “must” live inside their homes for months?
Whether or not the states have the authority to force us into our homes, force us to wear masks, force us to distance, force us close businesses, force us to close churches and temples, or mandate all sorts of draconian rules that seem to have no connection to our constitution–in the end, why have the leaders on the left desired to find ways to keep this situation going? Why aren’t they allowing a free populace to live free lives? Do those “force us” questions give us a sense we are free people?
For me, the First Amendment is clear, we each have a right to practice our religion without interference from the state. There are no caveats or rules placed on that amendment–those rights appear as absolute as anything in the constitution. However, leaders on the left have done everything in their power to stop people of faith from gathering in faith—there is no justification to say 300 people in a store for an hour is safer than 100 people in a church for an hour. Does the real discrimination against people of faith seem like a sign of a free populace?
There are Democratic Party states who continue to increase lockdowns or are in the process of re-locking down their state. Some have increased the mandates behind wearing masks that include heavy fines for businesses, and citizens. Is that a sign of a free populace?
Why does it seem that the longer we journey through this pandemic, the less the Democratic leaders pay attention to the science, while paying increased attention to expanding their authority over us? Does that seem a place in which free people live?
Is there any meaningful redress for our grievances? Our government is so vast and bloated; it is so cut-off from the people and sheltered from everyday working citizens, that meaningful redress of grievances has become nearly impossible. Forged from a kettle of strife, the USA, in the early days, did not look as if it would come to fruition. We owe our founding fathers and citizens an enormous debt, a debt we can best repay by ensuring we pass on the freedoms they bled and died for—everything the founders fought for will have been lost if we allow our freedoms to disappear, and during this era in the USA history we are far less free, than at any other time.
This must be understood: Liberty can be lost!
We have taken a brief journey through the United States founding to shine a bright light on the cause of liberty—a cause too many people today take for granted. We must respect and cherish freedom, it is a precious and tenuous gift from God, easily lost. The left has proved it has little respect for the constitution, it is merely a piece of paper they wield to advance their agendas.
This must be understood: Liberty can be lost!
In seconds, high winds from a powerful storm can blow roofs from houses, and the same holds for liberty—we can lose it in a flash of time. Through the lens of history, we see it often takes only a small step to lose freedom. Consider these quotes:
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. [Thomas Paine]
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent. [Martin Luther King, Jr.]
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. [James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788]
While journeying through the trials of the coronavirus pandemic, we also see riots, looting, and violence occurring in Democratic cities and states. Who feels free to access those cities? People are fleeing from some of the major cities enflamed with violence–did those people feel free to safely live in those cities, or did they feel oppressed by the inaction of the Democratic leadership in those same locations?
Does the push (from the Democrats) to defund police departments help Americans feel more or less safe? How free do people feel when they are not safe?
President Trump originally wanted a 14-day stay-at-home order that was intended to prevent our health care system from being overloaded, the lockdown was never intended to last indefinitely. It has been known for months that our health care system was never overloaded, yet when Trump tried to open the country, he faced nothing but a fierce backlash from leaders on the left. How free do people feel when their president wants to open their country, yet the left does everything it could to stop the process?
We see a growing hostility (from the left) toward faith in general and Christianity specifically. Much of that hostility comes from people who feel equality is more important than liberty. Consider how the following issues have worked out for other nations in history:
- Where religion is controlled by the state, with the state mandating that all religions propagate teachings that conform to the state’s way of thinking.
- Where the state dictates the number of children each family can bear.
- Where the state dictates the cars we will drive, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat.
- Where the state controls worker salaries.
- Where the state dictates the type, size, and location of our homes.
- Where the state dictates the location for children to attend school and their curriculum.
Perhaps those points seem extreme. Some might laugh and say, “That can never happen in the United States.” Do those naysayers think regular citizens living under historically evil dictators had any clue about the horrors their leaders intended to bring upon the world? Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen power grabs (from the Democrats) and draconian measures the likes of which no clear-thinking American would have dreamed were possible, yet oppressive mandates and rules have descended upon a great many citizens with many states refusing to end their emergency orders.
How much respect is given to our freedoms when the Democratic candidate for president states he is willing to lock down the nation, again? How free will that make us feel?
Our system is built upon the notion that every person has the right to freely pursue happiness in their way, not stopped, slowed, or impacted by the government. President Trump, and the Republicans, understand that it is “we the people” who make this nation great, it is not the politicians. They understand that when we get out of the way of free people, fantastic things happen. The left does not understand those principles. The left wants to expand government and its control over our lives.
I cannot predict the future, yet I believe the outlook of the USA (and its citizens) is best served by freedom, not by oppressive lockdowns and draconian mandates from the left. For me, the issue of protecting freedoms makes this coming election an easy choice. The left wants to keep us locked down indefinitely. President Trump and the Republicans want to set the country free to prosper under the system that has made this country the greatest in history.
I choose freedom. I choose President Trump and the Republicans.