Everything we do is a choice between life and death.
“See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil. . . I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live. . .” Deut. 30:15, 19.
And what kind of choices are we choosing today? God gave each of us free will to make choices. Liberty and free will are clearly more life-giving than bondage and dictatorship.
A normal person doesn’t need complex definitions of freedom and liberty in order to recognize them. They are internally sensed. Still we need to keep in mind that the better part of freedom is the freedom to do the right things, and not freedom from restrictions. Life will always have restrictions and boundaries.
But how much constraint on our lives is natural (say for instance, Nature’s Law of Gravity), and how much is overkill and suffocating?
Here, the California Penal Code lists 186 categories of “crimes against the Sovereignty, Executive Power, and Legislative power of the State.”
Next comes 132 categories of “Crimes against the Person,” and then an additional 292 categories of crimes against Public Decency, Public Peace, Property, etc.
Liberty. Some Americans assume they have it. Some don’t care about it. Some have died for it. But no one is entirely content with the opposite state of affairs — slavery.
The supposed “happy” pre-Civil War slave burned with a desire for freedom, and would rather eat crow as a freeman, than corn bread and molasses as a slave.
But the same thinking persists, that Americans can be made to be happy slaves.
In a prison lawsuit a few years ago, inmates challenged slavery in prison. The Federal Judge’s decision was that there is nothing wrong with slavery in prison.
Yet, many people are not aware that the Supreme Court has repeatedly declared that an inmate’s Constitutional Rights don’t stop at the prison wall, but extend to an inmate even while he or she is incarcerated. Or do we no longer have a Constitutional right not to be forced into slavery? Interesting question.
Must we Sacrifice our liberty for some “sacred” government? Is the individual’s interests shallow compared to the government’s interests?
Supposedly the government is protecting us. Did the government protect America from a badly leaking oil well in the Gulf this year? They had the means, but did they use it? Who is government protecting?
We must be realistic in our expectations. A cat cannot become a mouse. But what made America great in the past was opportunity: educational opportunities, job opportunities, and spiritual opportunities. Americans developed a unique “can do” mentality, because they realized their dreams and because they had the freedom of opportunity.
How much freedom of opportunity is offered by a perfectly engineered Brave New World, where our government designs and molds its citizens’ niches in life?
Not everyone is happy with their government. A former patriotic government employee is quoted in David Freed’s article “The Wrong Man” The Atlantic (May 2010).
A former pro-government employee, Steve Hatfill, is quoted, “People think they’re free in this country, don’t kid yourself. This is a police state. The government can pretty much do whatever it wants. . . . I was a guy who trusted the government. Now I don’t trust a * * * thing they do.”
Steven Hatfill had his life ruined by Circumstantial evidence, until years later his innocence was vindicated.
At my trial/appeal, my sentencing Judge kept saying over and over — “circumstantial evidence can be used to prove anything.”
Indeed, that’s why my case got into the books. However, the first Federal Judge I went up against was more honest; she, Judge Brown, said, “There is no evidence against this man.”
By law, I am to receive 6 months halfway house time. That is my current struggle.
The U.S. Federal government is now a law unto itself. As Steven Hatfill learned the hard way, “The government can pretty much do whatever it wants.”