Democrats’ Definition of Freedom and Liberty
The following is an excellent commentary on freedom and liberty from the perspective of the entitlement-drunk democrats and their unmotivated, give-me-something-for-nothing base. It is written by Scott Strzelczyk for American Thinker and is worth a read.
The Democrats’ political endgame requires citizens to accept subsistence as the new definition of freedom. Democrats created a political and socioeconomic system where citizens are divided into racial, social, and economic classes. Democrats concoct government programs, sold under the guise of compassion and equality, to an unwitting but fully complicit populace addicted to handouts, freebies, and benefits paid for by the sweat and equity of others. Welcome to the 21st-century definition of freedom according to the Democrats.
The United States was founded upon an ideal that each person is free to pursue his dreams to the best of his abilities without coercion from the government. What each person chooses to do with his or her time, physical or intellectual abilities, etc. was solely determined by the individual. Some people succeeded, while others floundered or failed. This was the 18th-century definition of freedom. Nobody expected the federal government to bail him out; provide welfare, retirement, or health care; or intrude upon his individual rights and liberties. I’m confident that Virginia statesman Patrick Henry never said “Give me liberty, or give me health care.”
Freedom and liberty require individual sacrifice and responsibility. Government power and control directly correlate to individual responsibility. As government increases power and control over the citizenry, there is a corresponding decrease in personal responsibility resulting in less liberty, freedom, and variety. Prosperity diminishes while subservience grows.
The United States of America was known throughout the world as the land of freedom in which to prosper, where immigrants came to worship and speak freely, assemble and congregate with people of their own choosing, to choose their course in life and enjoy the fruits of their labor. The freedom to achieve prosperity is the reason why immigrants came to the United States. To overcome religious or political persecution and to overcome intrusive government regulations and laws, immigrants risked their lives and possessions to escape to the land of prosperity. Immigrants were not assured anything more than a chance to prosper. No guarantees. No government-provided benefits or welfare. Not only did immigrants accept the risk, but they were grateful for the opportunity.