May 15 Meeting

You probably remember the family car your parents had when you were a child. That car was your freedom and ticket to the world. It may not have had all the amenities that you would have liked, but, it got you where you needed to go so that you could live your life to the best you and your family could.

But what if your parents had decided to buy a car that far exceeded their needs and ability to pay for it?

What if they bought a Bentley or a Rolls Royce? And they named the car Freedom because it got them anywhere they wanted to go. And why would they have wanted to do this? Because they could. They could because they placed the car in the family trust. It would be passed down from generation to generation. Your parents could do this because they only paid the interest on the loan. Each generation was responsible for the payments and maintenance of the car, thereby ensuring the standard of living for the family.

Now the car is getting old. It still performs just as it ever did, but it needs more and more work to keep old Freedom going. You’re still paying the interest on it so that someday your children will enjoy the freedom it brings them.

What if Freedom is not worth the same things to your children as it was to your parents? How does the next generation learn the importance of Freedom and what life would be like if it was lost? They might want some shiny new security instead of good old Freedom.

Ronald Regan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Look at what we as a society have attached to our freedom. There is something to be said for American exceptionalism and the ability to have the highest standard of living in the world, but at what cost. Is it right to burden our children and grandchildren with the debt of our excesses?

Liberty and freedom are not synonymous. True freedom is being able to do whatever you wish without having to deal with the consequences of your actions. You could steal from, hurt or kill others. This is not the type of society we desire.

Liberty is freedom plus morality. Morality guides us to do right by ourselves as well as others.

Here is a good article from the Tenth Amendment Center about the separation of power.

A little humor on the subtle differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

 

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