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Friday Ramblings: Fencing in liberty

Lately it seems like every time I turn on the T.V. there’s some type of nonprofit group or government agency running a commercial to sell us on the idea that some aspect of our lives need to be regulated.  From how seat belts save lives to the costs associated from smoking, the airways seem to be saturated with someone or some group reminding us how we should live our lives.  They’re now telling us what we should eat, the light bulbs we should use, the type of environmentally safe cars we should buy, the words we should say, the things we need to do to make our homes energy efficient, and so on.  The list seems endless of all the things they believe should be regulated in our lives.  They claim they’re just trying to raise awareness on issues that matter.  I say they are using an effective form of propaganda to condition the people to see things their way.  What starts off as an innocent commercial to “raise our awareness” turns into legislation to impose the group’s will even if it means surrendering our liberties to the state.  This happens because over time propaganda works as longs as it appears to be for the betterment of the human condition and who can argue against that.  So our opinion on an issue shifts and we accept the notion that in order people to think “right” we need to enact laws.

I bring this up because I feel that the methods they use to change our minds are often overlooked.  It’s a very simple and subtle approach that appears on the surface to be harmless enough; but eventually leads to the trading off of our liberties for the shackles of regulation.  The end goal is for you to buy the product they’re selling and the sale is complete with the passage of some type of regulation.  The seeds of change are planted under the pretext that society will improve if we just give up a small corner of our liberties in order to create an environment of “right thinking” people.  This has actively been going on for the last 50 years and the fruits of their labor can be seen in every aspect of our lives.  We have been corralled, fenced in with regulations and their plan is to erect this fence without any of us noticing.  When we do take notice of this fence being built we react to it like the Patriots of old reacted to the King taxing their tea; we resist.  This modern day resistance has encouraged the rise of groups (Tea Party movement) who oppose being led into bondage by debt.  We don’t like the idea of being corralled like sheep and yet this is exactly what they’re doing every time they pass regulations that force us to comply with some sort of rule.

So maybe it’s time we use their own tools against them and raise the awareness of the masses about liberty and freedom.  Maybe it’s time we nudge the people back towards liberty and begin the process of tearing down the fences built to contain us.  After all liberty is for all people even those who oppose it.  It’s time to heed the words of our founding fathers in regards to liberty.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. –Thomas Paine, 1795

Timid men…prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty. –Thomas Jefferson, 1796

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasion of it in the case of others; or their case may, by charge of circumstances, become his own. –Thomas Jefferson, 1803

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.  Liberty once lost is lost forever. –John Adams, 1775

Powerful words, from great men.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire August 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    I couldn’t agree more, John. One of the problems we have had for a long time is that the Republican Party specifically and conservatives in general have done a poor job marketing and selling our ideas. The Republican Party needs to spend some of the money they raise on good commercials about freedom and liberty and how easy it is to loose them by agreeing to have government protect us from every little thing.
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    • John Carey August 19, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      We need to be able to explain why choosing liberty over security matters and why it is essential for our society. We need to be be able to sell liberty in a manner that people will not only understand but have a strong desire to want again.
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  • Steve Dennis August 20, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Great post John! The left has been indoctrinating the people for years with a slow and methodical campaign to propagandize us into agreeing with their radical agenda. And every time we do so we give a little piece of freedom away. If we do not stop this our children will look back at us and wonder how we allowed them to sillingly slip into serfdom.
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    • John Carey August 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM

      We need to come to terms with the idea that liberty is the foundation freedom is built on. Without liberty we have no freedom. Thanks for the comments.
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  • Martin August 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    As usual, very well stated and great quotes. I just finished reading a book (review on Monday) about how the state forms public opinion under the guise of knowing what’s best for us. The author refers to this as the “Therapeutic State.” It’s insidious.

    Keep up the great work, Sentry Journal remains ever at the top of my “must read” list.
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  • Matt August 20, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Well thought out sir. The attack on our freedoms can be characterized as the death of a thousand cuts.
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    • John Carey August 20, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      Indeed Matt. We have become some inundated with regulations we no longer have much liberty left. Think about how much things have changed since you were a kid. The freedom our parents enjoyed and we felt as children have already been regulated away. How much further will they go. My guess…all the way.
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  • A Conservative Teacher August 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Good post!