Why Liberty Matters to Me

It has taken me quite some time to get the nerve to sit down and actually publish something on this blog of mine.

I tossed around ideas in my brain; mentally organizing them from best to worst, thinking of what exactly I wanted to get across in that particular post, and most of all, not sounding like a complete lunatic in the process. Fortunately, I finally came to the conclusion that all of the ideas can wait (at least for now).

Instead, I would like to attempt to establish the whole reason of why I think writing a blog about liberty is worth it in the first place.

So what is liberty?

Liberty, to me, is every individual’s birthright to interact with other individuals freely and without coercion to achieve goals and make advancements, so as they do not infringe on another individual’s right to do the same. This infringement could come in the form of force, violence, or intimidation.

The brilliant minds behind the Constitution of the United States understood liberty very well, and because of this, strictly limited the powers of the federal government while empowering the states and the people. This brings up a very important distinction; one that many simply misunderstand or flat-out just don’t know:

The Constitution does not give you liberties; instead it prohibits the government from infringing on the liberty of individuals that already exist.

That point cannot be stressed enough. When the government tells us that we have to give up our liberty in order to be protected, they are explicitly breaking their constitutional obligations – and get away with it! Why? Because we as a people have forgotten what it truly means to have individual liberty and have remained silent while our birthright is trampled day after day.

Every time the NSA snoops, the TSA gropes, the FBI entraps, the CIA drones, the IRS targets, the ATF gun-runs, the DEA drug-runs, and we do not speak out against them, liberty dies.

All that it takes to preserve the liberty of a people is a small and vocal minority that make the abuses known to all. It is only when no one speaks out that liberty is lost, and once that happens, it is nearly impossible to take back.

This is why I have decided to create this blog.

– Zach

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9 thoughts on “Why Liberty Matters to Me

  1. Excellent, Zach. My favorite: The Constitution does not give you liberties; instead it prohibits the government from infringing on the liberty of individuals that already exist.

  2. Very well done and I think you hit an important point that few consider. Those liberties are ours and the government has no power to take them. I think most people don’t complain because they either don’t care or feel like there’s nothing they can do.

    • Thanks Mike! Exactly. Political apathy is certainly a serious problem in the US as of late. However, I do feel we can help cure that by simply informing people and empowering them through knowledge!

  3. You talk so much about individual liberty when it comes to guns and privacy, but you absolutely never criticize the party you currently work for in regard to their staunch opposition to marriage equality. If you want liberals to take you seriously when it comes to individual gun rights and privacy issues, the GOP needs to understand that individual liberty extends much further than just guns. Small government sounds good, but in reality is a government really small if it dictates every single marriage and every single pregnancy that occurs in the nation? That’s not small government at all!

    • I am with you when it comes to marriage equality, which btw seems to making great strides through state action. The Feds are even coming around to it. I focus on other issues because they are so pressing, in my opinion. To be completely honest, I’d be in favor of a system in which government is not involved in marriage at all, however I don’t know what that would look like.

      Thanks for the comment, Glen πŸ™‚

      • I’m glad to hear you’re on board with marriage equality! I don’t recall ever hearing you unequivocally support it. πŸ˜€

        I will say though, I think you’re over emphasizing the role of the states in the marriage equality movement. For the most part, I’d say it’s been the courts that have moved this issue along. Gay marriage came to Mass., California, New Jersey, Iowa, New Mexico and sort of to Utah and Oklahoma (with the decisions currently stayed, of course) by way of the courts, not by way of the legislatures. Even in Washington State, marriage equality was only enacted after a citizen led ballot initiative. The legislatures have been really slow on this issue. Only a handful of states have had marriage equality advanced via legislation.

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