A section for books about our American life, beginnning with Freedom! You Can Handle It… But Hurry!, a presentation of the foundation on which we’ve built the most prosperous, generous, and free society in history.
A foundation which is now on the verge of being destroyed.
Here’s a sample of what this book brings you. Chapter Two: The Dream.
… What do we have that is so special, that no other country has ever had?
We created a country based on the idea that your life, your freedom, and your ability to pursue your own plans and dreams and goals are the most important things.
The job of the government is to protect your rights and that freedom, so you can safely do whatever you want — learn skills, create a business, travel, live where you want, raise a family, teach your children, help your neighbors, follow your dreams, invent things, absolutely whatever you want to do, as long as you respect the rights and freedom of others to do the same.
The job of the government in America is not to control your family, your business, your travel, your education, your healthcare, or your choices of what to eat or drink or say or think or do. None of that is their business.
That’s the dream: freedom. That’s what they fought for, and delivered into our care. It has never happened like this before. If we lose it, it may never happen again.
Part of the dream is that you are free to follow whatever religion you wish, and that you have the right to the property, the things and places, that you build or acquire by your own honest efforts.
We also believe that about the person next to you.
So you have the responsibility to allow them – the people around you — that freedom, just as they allow you your freedom. This means you can’t do things that wrongly take away their freedom, or their life, or their property, and they can’t take away yours.
The role of government is to protect these rights for you; nothing more.
In order to protect those rights for you, government has to have laws and the ability to punish people who harm you. So we elect people to make those laws for us, and we need the courts and the police to enforce them. In order to keep other nations from taking these freedoms from us, we need a strong military.
But what’s so special about all that? No other nation on Earth believes it.
Essentially every other country believes that the state or the ruler or the central government is the most important thing, and that you must do what they say. Some countries believe their religion is the most important thing, and will kill people who choose another religion.
We don’t. Your freedom is the most important thing, and the only reason to have government is to protect it. That’s why people come to America any way they can, and very few by comparison leave America to go live anywhere else.
Now, look around you. Is your government doing everything it can to control you, or everything it can to protect your freedom so you can live your life as you please?
Where does it say this? Where is it written that your freedom is the most important thing, and that the job of the government is to protect your freedom and your rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
The Declaration of Independence, the founding document of this great country. Read it again; it’s all there.
A couple of other things are required for this to work.
The government has to be strong, but controlled. The people that make the laws have to be limited to do only what we want, and nothing more – they can only do things with “the consent of the governed” – or they will quickly be trying to control us, making us do what they want instead of what we ourselves choose to do.
To prevent a single person or group from taking control, we have to divide the power: the people who make the laws cannot be the same people who enforce the laws, and neither of those can also be the people who act as judges when we are accused of breaking those laws. This is called “separation of powers.”
The core idea behind all of this is that we are in charge, not the government. They work for us. “Sovereignty” is not in Washington, or in the capitol of your state, but in you and me, in the people. Any time we want to do so, we can change the government and do something else, just like they did in 1776.
No other country has that idea built into their system, that requirement that the people must have authority over their “rulers.” England used to, but today an Englishman cannot even defend himself against the criminal who breaks into his home. His rulers won’t let him.
Why do we want to lose the dream, and become just another bankrupt, broken, corrupt, socialist state … like all the rest who never had the freedom you have today, or have been careless and let it slip away?
When the central government of a country becomes overwhelmingly strong, bad things happen. In the last hundred years or so governments have killed over 100 million of their own citizens. It has happened everywhere else, and it can happen here as well. Why do you think it won’t? We need to get busy.
The Constitution is easy to understand, and you have as much authority to decide what it means as anyone else. We, “the people,” created the federal government. They work for us.
We are in charge, but we don’t directly run things. We elect people to represent us, so we’re not just a mob rushing to fix whatever we’re upset about. This gives everyone time to think before acting.
If the government no longer obeys us, we need to fix that problem as soon as we can.
When we let the same people make the law, enforce the law, and be the judges when the law is broken (for example, in the regulatory agencies, like Health, Education, and the EPA), it becomes a nightmare. Congress has betrayed us by allowing agencies that are not accountable to us exercise the authority we gave to Congress, and to them alone.
Men are not angels, as the founders reminded us, so we cannot let any one person or group have such unrestricted power, acting as lawmaker, enforcer, and judge, without accountability to anyone.
The primary purpose of the government is to protect our freedom and rights. It is not to tell us how to live our lives. But keeping it within its proper role requires constant attention and effort, and we have not been paying attention. We’re in trouble.