When Was the Last Time?
Do you remember that wonderful time when we were teenagers and about to gain our freedom? The anticipation of buying our first car, leaving for college, or renting our first apartment? Personally, I couldn’t wait to leave the nest and to gain my freedom. I wanted the freedom to succeed or fail on my own.
And, as we started in the work force, in our professions, didn’t we seek more freedom to express our creativity? Didn’t we seek more responsibility to gain promotion? Didn’t we do everything within our power to gain more liberty to do with our time and resources as we pleased? Didn’t we do our best to achieve our dreams?
When was the last time we asked our bosses to restrict our job responsibilities and freedoms to use our creativity? Or, to take more deductions from our paycheck? Or, to give part of our paychecks at their discretion to anyone else they desired? Or, to create more and more rules and regulations to restrict our freedoms to make our own decisions?
For those of us who started businesses, or are thinking of starting a business in the future, when was the last time we asked for our freedoms and liberties to create ever improving solutions for our customers, to be restricted? When did we ask for random bureaucrats who do not know our customers or their needs, to decide what we build, and where and how we build it?
For those of us who grew up in the sixties and seventies… didn’t we sing, write, and hope to be “Born Free”, to “Live and Let Die”, to have “Freedom, Man”… to have complete freedom and liberty to pursue our dreams without interference from the State?
So, what is it that has spun so many of us who love freedom and liberty on a dime and convinced us to completely reverse the dreams of our youth, to accept the State as our absolute parents?
What has convinced us to allow the State to box in our futures, steal our earnings, start unconstitutional wars, devalue our money, restrict our liberties, control our dreams, and steal the dreams of our children?
What has convinced us to completely reject the desires and demands we had for liberty and freedom in our youth only to give it over to the State in our adulthood?
Aren’t we, in fact, when we really think about it, contradicting our youthful dreams and desires for unlimited freedom and vision, and that of our founders who had the same vision for generations to follow them?
You see where I’m going with this? Unless one is a child, isn’t what we all want — more freedom, more liberty, more self-determination?
Don’t we all want more individual liberty to pursue our own dreams and happiness?
Yet, aren’t we in fact asking our elected representatives to do just the opposite?
Why, after we gain our adult freedom and liberty, do we turn right around and elect officials to take them away?
What deception and programming are we buying into now as adults that is convincing us we cannot be free?
Think about this for awhile and then ask yourselves, when was the last time our elected representatives passed legislation to increase our liberties and freedoms? No, not to give us more liberty than those unalienable rights already granted us by our Creator and intended to be protected by the U.S. Constitution — our American birthright — but to simply restore those liberties and freedoms stolen since our founding. When was the last time?
When was the last time our representatives passed legislation to permanently eliminate inefficient, outdated, or intrusive infrastructure, policy, regulation, taxation, or agencies?
When was the last time we saw debate between our elected representatives where their clear dominant intention and contest was to see who could more completely restore that which has been stolen from us?
Ask yourselves, when was the last time our representatives voted to restore founding principles of liberty and freedom we know without a shadow of historical doubt made America great?
When was the last time we felt truly free? When will we wake up to stop the leviathan? Isn’t it about time we were free once more?
David M. Chaney (C) 2012