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Restoring liberty should be our number one priority

During the recent election most people listed the economy as their number one concern and that it should be a top priority for the next administration.  The reason people prioritize the economy as their main concern is because they can feel it.  Like the nauseating smell of cigarettes smoke, people feel the negative effects of a faltering economy.   It has an immediate and direct impact on their lives and impedes their ability to pursue happiness because there is little to no opportunity.  So it’s a natural thing for people to desire stronger economic conditions because it creates an opportunity rich environment. It establishes a basis for financial and economic security.  And it enhances and improves the individual condition.  If only people would connect the dots and realize that liberty is the foundation that economic freedom is built on.

The problem is most people do not understand the relationship between liberty and economic freedom.  This is why we tend to ask all the wrong questions to our candidates when they’re running for office.  The first thing we want to know is what they’re going to do to create jobs and boost the economy.  This is the wrong question.  We should be asking what they will do to restore liberty.  The truth is unless the candidates we support take steps to strip away the regulations that have restricted the liberties of the individual and small businesses we will not see the robust recovery we so desire.  Liberty is the foundation that creates economic freedom leading to job growth and prosperity.  So restoring liberty should be our number one priority.  But again for some strange reason people can’t wrap their brains around this relatively simple concept.   Perhaps the reason is because many view the two as separate issues; but they are not.  Using mathematical terms economic freedom and liberty are directly proportional.

As our economic freedom increases, so do our liberties.  As economic freedom decreases our liberties decrease.  It’s that simple.  Still so many look towards an all-powerful government to solve their problems.  They look for candidates who make empty promises about creating jobs yet in end will do nothing to restore liberties because they’re in the pocket of some special interest group that helped write the liberty stealing regulations to put their competitor out of business.  North Dakota is not experiencing an economic boom because of the discovery of oil in the Bakken Oil Fields.  North Dakota is experiencing its economic boom because of less regulation.  Fewer regulations mean more liberties and more liberties leads to economic freedom and prosperity.  This is the secret behind North Dakota’s success and why they have set up safe guards to thwart any attempt by the federal government to regulate oil operations on private property.  Once again there is no secret formula or hidden code to create the conditions that will lead to economic prosperity.  It all has to with restoring liberty.  And before this happens on a national level, it must first occur on the state level.

This in my opinion is where we must focus our efforts the next few election cycles.  There is no political solution for our economic woes that will come out of Washington.  The solutions to our problems are closer to home in local politics.  Once we turn it around at the state level, the national will follow.  The reason I say this is because all of those who represent us on the national level are grown at the state level.  Start electing local candidates who promote the restoration of liberty as their number one priority and everything will change.  The constitution will become the law of the land again.  States will begin to push back against their federal masters and federalism will be restored.  Economic prosperity will return.  And America will once again become a beacon to the world.

LIBERTY forever, freedom for all.


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  • Steve Dennis November 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Great post John! Larry over at Political Realities also had a post about using the states to turn this around and you and he are right. At this point the federal government appears to be a lost cause so we must focus on building this back up from the ground level. This is going to take quite a few years and I hope we have enough time left.
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    • John Carey November 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Thanks Steve. I think Larry is spot on. We really need to start focusing on the state level from schoolboard member elections to electing governors. The states are the key. Remember it wasn’t the federal government that created the states it was the states that created the federal government. We need to keep that in mind.
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  • LD Jackson November 25, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Great post, John. If only we could get more people to realize how strong a role liberty should play in our country. Liberty and freedom can accomplish a lot.

    Some may think states rights are dead, brought about by the Civil War and the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of the Senators by the people. I believe the states are weakened, but they are not dead. Little by little, they should be able to exert their rights and force the federal government back into its proper place. In fact, I believe that is the only hope we have.
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    • John Carey November 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Thanks Larry. I’m going to write a post on the whether or not the civil war actually did answer the right to secession. It’s an interesting topic and so many have pretty much defaulted to the belief that because Lincoln was able to impose the North’s will on the South that ended the secession debate. I say it did not, all it did was prove the North could achieve its military and economic goals to force the South to stay a part of the union. It doesn’t mean it was legal.
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  • Bunkerville November 25, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Our last best hope is to take back our government is one distinct, county,state at a time. Excellent post.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire November 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    You are right of course, Jon, liberty should be the numberone prioity of all Americans. Assuming there is time, I agree that it will be states who will have to take this country back. I worte a series of post some timme ago where I suggested a res state rebellion. In other words, I believe this phnomena would mostly have to start with the reddest red states. Unfortunatel, John, I don’t believe there is time for the states to save America. I believe that debt time bomb’s clock will run out. For that reason, I am going to be promoting the idea that we freedom lovers will need to be thinking longer term. I’d like to be wrong. But, that is where my thinking is at this time. Sorry to be such a downer. It will hurt nothing to pusue what you are talking about. If I’m wrong then we will be making progress.
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    • John Carey November 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I’m with you Jim, I’m not sure there is enough time. I do know this the states do have the infrastructure to survive whatever is coming. The people need to be strong and committed towards liberty and the constitution.
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