Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Knowing what you stand for

At a pre-9/12 gathering, Dr. John David Lewis spoke on the importance of knowing what you are fighting for---not just what you are against. He encouraged all who are involved in the current protests to stay focused on the principle which explains exactly what is wrong with the recent explosive expansion of government into our private lives: the violation of the Rights of Man--rights which are rights to actions, not rights to things.

I have heard several political commentators, and the President himself, bemoan the coarsening of political discourse--those who disagree are no longer simply wrong but are denounced as immoral and evil. But what is at stake is not just which of several a strategies to choose in order to achieve a worthwhile goal. It is not a mere bickering over details. What is at stake is whether or not we abandon the principles upon which this country was founded: Individual Rights. This IS a moral battle. Those who promote collectivism, in any of its myriad of forms, are promoting STATISM at the direct expense of FREEDOM--and to do so IS evil because it is an an attack on the individual's right to live his life for his own sake.

This talk is an important reminder: the biggest problem with national health insurance, cap-and-trade, bank and auto company bailouts, etc. is not the immense financial cost. It is that each of these interventions are a direct and personal attack on our rights to life, liberty and property.

HT The Forgotten Man

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