What is the left proposing for the United States in the name of Liberty? What did Comrade Obama mean when he stated that the United States was about to be fundamentally transformed? When Freedom Loving Americans proclaim they desire Liberty, are they saying the same thing the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat, - all virtually the same) is saying when they say they desire to provide liberty for all?
Abraham Lincoln explained this very concept in his usual clear and precise manner when he said, “The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatable things, called by the same name liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatable names liberty and tyranny.”
Abraham Lincoln defines Individualism when he says in the above explanation of Liberty, “the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor.”
Thomas Jefferson described this very concept as the concept of good government when he said, “A wise and frugal government leave to men the right to regulate their own industry and improvement, and does not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
Lincoln and Jefferson are telling us that liberty is having a limited government which in turn requires individuals to be responsible for their own success or failure by making their own decisions about how they will pursue their own happiness. As you will recall, that is a Natural Right given to us by God which takes this liberty out of the control of government so states the Declaration of Independence.
The other liberty described by Lincoln is the liberty, “that some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor.”
This is the government described by Lenin when he said, “no Marxist would deny that the interest of socialism is higher than the right of a nation to self-determination. The role of government is to implement socialism.”
This is the conflict in the United States today with both sides proclaiming their desire to bring liberty to the people. Those who are called the right are telling us their liberty is the liberty of people having the freedom and responsibility to pursue their own happiness. Those who are called the left are saying they wish to provide the liberty that frees people from making their own decisions and having their pursuit of happiness be defined and dictated to them by those who would do as they please with the life of others and the product of other’s labor. The left is advocating for socialism and believe as did Lenin that it is the role of government to implement socialism.
When you are about “Setting Brushfires of Freedom,” it is critical you understand in which context the word liberty is being used. One context proclaims individual freedom while the other context demands tyranny by the state.
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