150 years ago this nation fought a bloody war with itself which settled the question of whether a man could be the property of another and whether a man has self worth and can profit from his own labor for the benefit of his family and interests and that no man can be forced to labor for the profit and benefit of someone else and his interests.
These questions were answered and settled because they stood in stark contradiction to the natural rights of man as so eloquently expressed in our Declaration of Independence as “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. These three rights is the essence of man. Our Creator gives us the gift of Life and with that gift are talents and abilities unique to every individual. He placed us upon a planet of abundant natural resources and with those talents and abilities along with reason to use those resources to provide food and products that improves the life for oneself, his family and his community. The pursuit of happiness is the voluntary exchange of the products of one’s labor whether physical or mental inspired by ones talents and abilities for the products of someone else’s talents and abilities to acquire the sustenance and property to make life better and to expand human knowledge. This is the basis of the free market.
Because men are flawed, many will seek to exist by the labor of others because labor requires thought, effort, risk and pain. This flaw leaves those individuals vulnerable to exploitation and enslavement. I speak of the slavery of dependency. Unlike the forced servitude of old dependency is voluntary servitude. Those that choose this path in life become subservient and submissive to those they are dependent upon and do not realize they are enslaved by it.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote in a letter to Henry Lee “Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depository of the public interests”. The party of the first, those that espouse the liberal ideology and claims to be for the people but in truth despise and distrust them is the party that enslaves people with dependency. This party is the modern Democrat Party. It was the Democrat Party that fought to keep and expand slavery into the territories, created the KKK, fought to keep segregation and the Jim Crow laws, and fought against civil rights in the 1960’s. It was a democrat that stood in the door of that school in Alabama to block black children from entering and it was democrats that initiated violence against the peaceful marches in support of equal rights. These are undisputable facts.
Liberalism is bondage through deceit. Dependency is the false promises democrat’s makes to ensnare people that they will give those susceptible individuals that do not wish to expend the effort for themselves a sustenance in exchange for doing their will by telling them that for any number of reasons they are entitled to it. Those that become dependent will live the life of someone elses choosing. Dependency requires the voluntary forfeiture of one’s God given rights for a meager stipend which restricts ones abilities to decide where they shall live, what foods they can consume and what property one can own. These masters will always promise more but will rarely deliver because whether those defrauded by dependency know or not, they are beholden to their masters for their sustenance. You will have to beg or should I say lobby the masters for anything more than what the masters decide you and your family need and you are expected to be satisfied with what you are given. You will do the masters will for fear of losing that sustenance especially if they restrict your ability to succeed in the free market to escape their grasp. Those individuals have been enslaved through dependency.
What has happened in this country to foster the belief that a person can achieve happiness in life without effort, the belief that only government can ensure happiness? Happiness comes from within the individual when he is free to exercise his abilities and its meaning is as different as the individual. It comes from putting out the effort and accomplishing something to acquire the thing that makes a person happy. Because happiness has many meanings, governments cannot provide what it does not possess. It can only try by providing for the perceived wants and needs of those dependent on them by robbing the ability to obtain happiness of others. Do not confuse happiness with jealousies. The coveting of one’s neighbor’s possessions and demanding someone else provide it for you in the name of equality, fairness or social justice is not happiness; it is jealousy and is shameful. Because every individual has different talents and abilities, different life experiences and levels of knowledge and every individual seeks happiness through the application of both reason and effort, equality is unattainable except through force. Putting out the effort to acquire those things for yourself is happiness and you will appreciate them more. I place the blame for this idea of looking to government instead of one’s self for happiness at the feet of government administered public education and the liberal ideology that it promotes. It is a conflict of interest for those in power to control what is taught. What is to become of a nation whose leaders who unyieldingly pursuits a course based of their universal distrust and fear of the very people they are charged with governing? I leave that question to be answered by you.
Someone once wrote and I paraphrase, “The greatest cause of misery in the world is that too many take for granted what they do have and fail to appreciate that which has been given them. When government takes the corrosive action of taking from one to give to another we all are worse off because the one that has had his earned property taken is diminished in his pursuit of happiness and far too many of those that receives his property does not and will not appreciate it.
If our governments would stop inventing ways to restrict our pursuit of happiness we all could with effort and reason obtain happiness and our country and its people would prosper because of it.