Passion for liberty seems lagging in this country and around the world
Because the Fourth of July is a time we celebrate our Founding Fathers’ belief that liberty was something worth risking their fortunes, lives and sacred honor upon, it’s a good time to consider how we’ve let much of it slip away.
Liberty is not something the world is awash in these days, or any other time, so the choices our Founders made to create the life we still lead is more of a singularity than many know and unfortunately are even taught.
The French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” It would be nice to think that things had significantly improved since the end of the 18th century, but the state of liberty for much of the world’s population has progressed only haltingly
Futhermore, as much as some hate to admit, much of that progress occurred with the assistance of the United States.
So it is with a heavy heart I consider the ease and willingness with which many surrender freedoms and the supreme emblem of liberty — choice — usually in the name of imagined safety or an illusion of security.
This week in Colorado, the winter surrender of some bits and pieces of human liberty by our Legislature and governor, for reasons not even as altruistic as a misplaced hope to improve public safety, was brought home.
Sporting good shops around the state packed up ammunition magazines and firearms and sent them back to manufacturers or other states for sale. Our state and people are no safer as a result, but we are a little less free.
We’ve debated the wisdom of this empty experiment but I think it’s time to acknowledge the part many of us have played in bringing this about by letting division and uncertainty choose our political leaders.
We can’t pretend that any of this firearms legislation or the war on extraction industries and jobs would’ve happened if those of us on the right side of the political spectrum had pulled together with anything like the cohesion of those on the left.
What right-thinking person can’t see that mandating 30 percent of “renewable” energy from some producers and 20 percent of others by regulatory fiat makes no sense and smacks of some joke of an economic plan from a failed Warsaw Pact nation?
This happened because many of us on the right are too eager to do something and can’t settle on candidates who might at least stop something. Ultimately, we probably should be first interested in candidates who won’t do certain things over those too eager to right all the wrongs. The first step to fixing problems is to stop creating more of them.
It was 2010 when the firearms restrictions and all of the other things actually started occurring. They started happening when the main portion of the Republican Party refused to embrace tea party and libertarian outrage.
Equal blame can be assigned to those who decided any outsider or newcomer to politics was better than any insider, whether or not the outsider was truly conservative, could win or even had a plan.
Who thinks a Gov. Scott McInnis would’ve signed this firearms legislation or green energy mandates or a host of other nonsense? No one who knows him, that’s for sure, and insider polling data tells us that he was leading John Hickenlooper up until the Republican primary. Not your choice? Even so, probably a better choice than what you received.
State Senate President John Morse, who is in the midst of a recall for his Second Amendment assault, only won his seat by 340 votes while a libertarian candidate carried over 1,300, mostly from the Republican candidate.
I don’t know if they taught the Republican Party in that area any lessons but they certainly taught the rest of the state one. I’m not saying it’s pleasant to hold your nose to vote but it’s better than having someone stick your head in a bucket after the election.
We can blame our loss of liberty on those who don’t trust us, like us or are simply afraid of the world they’ve created and seek simple answers. But too often lately, we have met the enemy and they are us.
Rick Wagner writes more on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.