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FDR’s Four Freedoms

Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 said, that there are four fundamental freedoms that people everywhere in the world ought to enjoy: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. Was he right?

The first two are fundamental freedoms that everyone, everywhere in the world, ought to enjoy just as Roosevelt said. However, the last two are not fundamental freedoms, rather they are entitlements that people want at the expense of others. Before we go on we have to define freedom. Freedom is a state of being exempt from the power or control of another. Every person is endowed by God with certain unalienable rights. The definition of rights is a legal immunity (protection) from other people or from the state. Freedom allows us to exercise these rights as we choose.

The freedom of speech allows us to communicate ideas and beliefs without interference from the government or anyone and without punitive action. We can express our ideas and beliefs in person, with a pen and paper, a film, an audio recording, and so on. All of these ways are protected under the freedom of speech. These are a few of the reasons why the freedom of speech is a fundamental freedom.

 

The freedom of worship allows everyone to worship God as they believe is right. If we did not have this freedom all of our God-given rights and freedoms would be in jeopardy from the First Amendment all the way to the Tenth Amendment. John Adams said,”Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  Samuel Adams said,”Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.” They both knew that liberty is impossible without a moral and religious people. The Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Worship depend on each other. If you do not have one you do not have the other.

Freedom from want or the right to an adequate standard of living is not a freedom nor a right. Sure, this sounds like a moral principle, but it’s not. Rights are very limited on what they do. This pseudo freedom allows the government to take wealth and property from the rich to give to the poor, thus infringing on someone else’s freedoms.  This action is totally opposite to the definition of freedom. Don’t get me wrong I am not opposed to charity. I encourage it, but what the government is doing is plunder, plain and simple. It decreases charity and productivity and in the end no one is better off.  This is the danger of this pseudo freedom or right. 

 

Lastly but not least is the freedom from fear. The same thing applies to this fake freedom as it did for the freedom from want. President Roosevelt said the following in his Four Freedoms speech concerning the “freedom” from fear. “The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.” First, the problem with this statement is that it contradicts our Second Amendment. Secondly, this will not stop wars nor will it make a world void of fear. For example, alliances can be made with other nations to overpower weaker ones, thus starting wars.

 

Laws are only obeyed by law abiding citizens. When laws are passed to reduce the amount of guns law-abiding citizens can own the end result will not be a nation without fear. Crime and fear will increase because the criminals know that there are fewer citizens armed to defend themselves. Remember, gun reduction laws do not disarm criminals. They only disarm the law-abiding citizens.

 

Freedom is very valuable but if it is tainted with so-called freedoms it can become worthless and meaningless.

The Decline of Personal Responsibility

The welfare state condemns personal responsibility which causes great moral degradation. The welfare state causes this moral degradation because everything about the welfare state is immoral. It takes from some to give to others in other words the state steals. It make the recipients depend on the government. It makes the hard-working people slack off, because they know that the money they are working for will be taken away and given to someone who did not work for it. Under the welfare state no one is allowed to keep the fruits of their labor. The Definition of responsibility is,

: a duty or task that you are required or expected to do

: something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.

 

The responsibility (duty) to take care of ourselves falls on us and not the state or government. The free market on the other hand does promote greater personal responsibility, because you are not dependent on the government. As a result you work hard to support yourself because you know the government will not. You are responsible for the food you eat, the clothes on your back, and the roof over your head. Under the free market you are allowed to keep the fruits of your labor, which results in greater personal responsibility and wealth.

Feet to the Fire

The Freedom Index Thomas Jefferson said,”The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”. If we want to keep our country free and independent we have to be vigilant. Vigilant of what our legislators vote on. We have to hold our legislators accountable for their actions. Monitor their votes. If they vote for any piece of legislation contrary to the United States Constitution, they have broken their oath of office and should be held accountable. We can remove them from office by recruiting someone who stands for the Constitution of the United States to run against the legislator who violated his oath. A good resource towards assessing a Congressman’s or U.S. Senator’s voting record is The Freedom Index published twice a year by The New American magazine. It grades our congressman and senators from 0-100%, 100% being constitutionally right. Be ever vigilant. Our Future, our children’s future and their children’s futures are at stake. Do not say to your self, someones else will be vigilant, most likely they won’t. If we lose our freedoms, because we did nothing, we only have to look at a mirror to see who was responsible. Edmund Burke said,“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Oath Keepers

Constitution of the United States, page 1

Constitution of the United States, page 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of their state. We as Americans have the Bill of Rights (Bills of limitations on the government) to protect our God given rights. The First Amendment includes freedom of religion, speech, and the press. For example the police should never obey and enforce a politician’s verbal restrictions against making a video of him at a public meeting. This would violate our freedom of the press. Legislative bodies, state or federal, are the only branches of government that can make laws. Of the laws they can make they all have to follow the Constitution of the Unites States. The politician has no authority to tell a police officer to violate our first amendment rights. Police personnel should never follow an unconstitutional command. It’s against the law to follow any unconstitutional command. Police should keep their oath of office, they should never ever break it.

The Free Market is the Solution

There is a problem that wrecks havoc on our economy. “Government ought to do it” is the cry of many people. That is the problem. Government has no money of its own, it has to tax, borrow, or inflate to do anything. This hurts our economy through coercive arrangements. The federal government should protect our life, liberty, and property. It has no legal authority to give us anything.  If the federal government did not impose its politics of plunder, that is taking by force from some to give to others,  we would not have this problem. The free market is fully capable of doing what the government is doing unconstitutionally. The free market through voluntary arrangements could build dams, bridges, and roads for less and at a higher quality than the government does. Doing it this way would not wreck havoc on our economy. It would not trample over our Constitution. The saying, “if you want it done right, do it yourself” applies to this problem. We should not be saying the government ought to do it, we should say we can do it through the help of the free market. If we follow free market economics we would solve many of our economic problems.

Price Controls Are People Controls

Some people say, “Government should control prices, but not people.” What they are unaware of is that these two are the same. The nature of price controls is to control people. People are the only ones who care about prices. For example when the government enforces minimum wages, it is the people that the government controls not the products or services. It controls people by preventing them from making a profit and expanding their small business. It controls people by preventing them from buying what they want because they are not allowed to offer a price. A person who is in favor of price controls wants to use the power of the government to control people for his own benefits. He wants the government to tell his landlord that he cannot rent an apartment or house above a certain price. He hates competition. He does not want his landlord to tell him he has to pack up because someone is offering a higher price. Ultimately he favors controlling and forcing people to do what he wants them to do. When you look for the purpose of price controls you see it leads to people control. We will never truly be free until all price controls are abolished.

 

Big Government

 A long time ago Thomas Jefferson warned,”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” We ignored his warning and now we have  big government.

United States Capitol

United States Capitol (Photo credit: Jack in DC)

Our government today is big enough to give us what we want. From education to wellfare and everything in between. The state does not have any money of its own. In order for the government to give us what we want it must take it from someone else. This is plunder made legal. Once this happens the government slowly but surely starts taking more and more money from every American. Our taxes keep increasing. The government, not satisfied with plunder of money has began to plunder our God given rights. This is what our government engages in. It is no longer afraid of its citizens. One day we will wake up in slavery and poverty all because we wanted the government to give us what it had no right to give. We wanted the government to give us what we could have had by hard work and ingenuity. We need to end all government benefits if we want to preserve our rights. We need to grow up and stop begging the government for hand-outs. Lets return to following our Constitution and this problem will be a thing of the past.