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American Freedom

There’s no doubt America has changed from the place it first began.  Some ways for the better.  Some ways for the worse.

But in the midst of the day-to-day noise and our sensitivity to our immediate emotion and need, every once in awhile we need to step outside and see things from a bigger perspective.

We need to see how our moment fits into the momentum of our history.  How did we get where we are? Where are we headed?

The freedom that we practice in the United States of America is not a prize won once and for all.  It is more like the top of a hill that governments have attacked, taken, rushed, and fallen off of repeatedly throughout history.  And often the force that gets us to the top of the hill is the same force that propels us off of the other side.

It must be carefully climbed, fortified, and actively defended.  Our founders knew this.  That is why they gave us a law that would keep us atop that hill.  It is only within those limitations that we are truly free to roam around the top of the hill without fear of falling off.

Unfortunately, over time our government has reached far beyond those limitations.  And while we still enjoy much of our freedom, we do so at a greater risk of slipping off.

In my opinion, the video below should be watched by every American.  Especially by young Americans who were probably not taught this by the state-run education system, but also by people like me – who often forget.

It also reminds us that morality is not simply a private, personal opinion, but is foundational to the success and survival of our governmental system.  Morality can not be treated as an aside to the constitution, or even more dangerously as something entirely separate.  It is essential.

The video is a little long, but entirely worth watching to the end.

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Douglas Naaden November 25, 2009 at 11:40 am

This vid is a little foggy when it says that monarchy is 100% government. Yes, socialism and communism is because the government owns everything, but under a monarchy that is not the case. Regardless of type of government, there always has to be a a single body which has 100% governing power whether it is an individual or a group or a majority.
Congress can create laws which limit it’s own power, just as easily as they can destroy them. That is true of Kings and any other system.

This video says “the essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.” (17:04) By this definition, where there is no government, there is no freedom. This definition of freedom has no meaning on an individual level, only on a societal level. Such a thing as “inner freedom” would have no meaning.

I like much of the message of this video, though.

In any case my choice of government is a [benevolent] monarchy. Monarchy is the best because it is the easiest to reform.

Matthew Warner November 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Actually, in socialism the government doesn’t “own” everything – they just own and control the means of production and distribution.

And the definition of a true monarchy is where supreme (100%) power is held by a single person.

Douglas, you say:

“Regardless of type of government, there always has to be a a single body which has 100% governing power whether it is an individual or a group or a majority.”

That’s not true at all. Our current US government has a very limited “governing power.” It only has jurisdiction over certain aspects of our lives. The rest is left to the states/localities or to the individual.

Matthew Warner November 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

And in our US constitutional republic…it is not the congress that has created laws limiting its power. The constitution created the congress – not the other way around. The congress does not limit itself – although it could in theory. It is limited by the constitution. It has no legal authority to simply destroy these limitations on its own. And it certainly is not just as easy as with “Kings or any other system” when it does come to creating and destroying laws.

I’m curious as to your reasoning being a monarchy being ideal and also the easiest to reform?

Leslie July 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Great post, great video! Thanks for sharing. :)

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