Life and Liberty

I wanted to share something I wrote several years ago that rings true to my heart to this day, and is the main reason why I am a proud libertarian.  

10/21/2012

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” - Thomas Jefferson's words in the Declaration of Independence.

These are some of the finest words ever put to paper in this country. They do not say that all men are equal, they do not say that all men will be given equal opportunity, or that they will have an equal measure of success or that they will live and die equally. It says that they are created equally and that by those rights endowed to us by God alone (and not the government) we have the right to a free life where we make our own choices and pursue our own quest for happiness.

People are amazing. People have a huge capacity for courage, strength, and compassion. And if there's one true thing about people, it's that they meet the level of expectations set before them. This is a country of trailblazers, of brave men and women who risked everything to get us to where we are today. They are the people to whom failure was only a necessary step before success. They are the people who made tremendous personal sacrifice for the benefit of this country and the quest for liberty here – unlike any other country in history.

That freedom is the fertilizer that feeds our spirit today. To dream as we wish. To pursue our goals as we wish. Has any other country raised so many out of poverty into wealth as this one has? Or that has raised more out of obscurity into greatness? Does not our own Statue of Liberty stand at our shores and...

“...From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"”
“The New Colossus” - Emma Lazarus


Are we not the beacon of freedom in this world even still, to nations of people who are oppressed and shackled in their poverty? Is this not the country where you can curse everything I stand for in your freedom, and I will defend your very right to do so? The foundation of everything we do in this country is our freedom. We take it for granted in our day to day lives, where we do not have to face the conditions that so many other people in this world live in every moment of their lives. We forget the cost of being able to speak freely, pray freely, and live freely.

Before you let the government offer you "equal" opportunity, think of the cost. Nothing is free. They give with one hand and take with the other. They will give you education, health care, welfare, security – and they will call it a right. They will confuse “created equal” with something far more dangerous and untrue – that we share an equal destiny. And the cost of this will be pieces of your freedom. And they will offer you promises of equality until finally, all of your freedom is gone.  And then we will have neither freedom nor equality.


Don't let someone steal the most precious birthright of being an American: the freedom to succeed or fail on your own merit, on your own terms and in your own way. Nothing else on this earth can compensate you for that.

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