Given the discussions about ever increasing regulations, implementation of more and more laws and reports about kids getting ticketed for lemonade stands, people being barred from feeding the poor because they don’t have government permits and how the TSA routinely violates the 4th Amendment (and an erroneous decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1973 that allows it), I started thinking about the concept of liberty.
The preamble to the Constitution says this:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
“The Blessings of Liberty”…important words as we continue down a path toward some sort of Marxist state with the implementation of ever increasing central government power via socialist policies cloaked as “concern for society”.
Webster defines liberty as “the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of choice”
So the question is this: is liberty a “top down” or a “bottom up” concept? That is to ask, is liberty an appropriate responsibility of the corporate (for the purpose of this discussion, this is not used in the business sense, rather as a reference to the “whole” of society) to be filtered down to the individual or does the virtues of the individual define the quality of liberty for the corporate collective?
The actions of our current political class seems to indicate that they believe the former – that liberty has “corporate” ownership and is to be doled out much as the medieval church sold indulgences.