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Liberty is the essence of America, one of the three God-given, unalienable rights demanded in the Declaration of Independence. The Liberty Bell tells us to “Proclaim liberty throughout the land.” [Lev 25:10], while the Statue of Liberty tells the world, “Send me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Liberty provides the opportunity for individuals to become whom God made them to be. Paul wrote in his letter to the chuch in Galatia, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” [Gal 5:1]

Do we confuse liberty with licentiousness, thinking that liberty means we’re free to act selfishly, at the expense of others? I was taught that my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ends where yours begins. Liberty means that we’re governed internally by the laws of God written on our hearts, rather than by an external, controlling force. Only in this state are we truly free.

In this nation, we once lived in the freedom that safe limits provide. The laws of God establish boundaries for our neighbors and ourselves. Wouldn’t you rather live in a society where you can leave your house unlocked, knowing that your neighbor wouldn’t steal from you or that your children can play outside safely from dawn to dusk? Wouldn’t it be better if Americans didn’t lie, steal, murder or rape each other? Those things will not disappear from life completely until evil is defeated once for all time, but a government of responsible, self-controlled citizens is much more free than the one we are devolving into now.

A society must be organized by some form of government to function. Anarchy, communism, monarchy, oligarchy are options.  Are any of these better than the one we have under the U.S. Constitution?

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About Patti Wells

I'm a concerned American. I grew up in the fifties, and came of age in the sixties, so I've seen both sides of the cultural revolution that took place in the late sixties. As a Baby Boomer, I'm part of the last generation to really know the liberty that this country has provided for its citizens. I'm the widowed mother of two adult children and a retired mathematics professor at a local community college. I lead a weekly Bible study and sing in the choir at church. I play canasta with a group of friends each week, and I enjoy sports and movies.

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  1. We are being offered security today in place of our freedom and liberty by our politicans in the form of welfare, 99 weeks of unemployment, tsa patdowns, and cradle to grave entitlements. The more we get the less free we are. When choosing candidates on election day, we need to listen what each is offering and choose those who are offering freedom. In 1776, our forefathers chose liberty and put their trust in God for their security. Economically, a society cannot continue forever as it will not have enough workers supporting it while the rest are freeloading off the system. Hence, our 17 trillion debt and almost 100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. And now they want to add the health system to govt. control.

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    • That’s the point I’m getting to. If we don’t stop this insanity, at some point we’ll live totally at the whim of bureaucrats. Ever stood in line at the post office? Eventually those few who have been working will ask themselves why they should work hard when their neighbor is getting the same benefits as they are without so doing. But our career politicians have jobs with perks. We certainly wouldn’t want them to have to live in the same world we live in. This reminds me more and more of the Soviet Union. Citizens had no freedom and stood in lines for a loaf of stale bread while the leaders of the Communist party lived lavishly and spent all the money on weapons.

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  2. Yes, it is SO easy to let someone else care for you – you don’t have to think, plan, educate yourself or be active! However, I am sure that God didn’t plan for us to pursue that route. That doesn’t sound like freedom, it sounds like prison!

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    • So true. Dwight Eisenhower agreed, saying that if you want free food, housing, medical care, etc., go to prison. The only thing you don’t have there is …. freedom.

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