The American Way of Life (Part 21 of 28))

Part 21: of a 28-part series

Now this up and down thing…I read the quote by Reagan. I’d like to illustrate what we’re looking at here. Remember, we are demonstrating the positive alternative to despotism, to slavery. Slavery is the lowest human existence. It could be in your home, but still the lowest existence. Why is it so low? Because you are serving the will of the governor against your will, when you have no will of your own.

You and I are told we must choose between the left and the right. It’s not between what party. Just get off of that party thing. Party affiliation has nothing to do with it. But I suggest that there’s no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up and down. Up to man’s old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.

“Regardless of their sincerity or humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and benefits.”

Dependency – if you’re incurring dependency for your livelihood – if you’re depending upon the fruits of somebody else’s labor – then you’re dependent on somebody else. That’s basically it. It’s not that we would not wish to give a helping hand. But we do not want to incur dependency or slavery on another. You’re making somebody a slave to you. We’ve not gotten very far from the Civil War, if that’s the case. It just comes in a different form.

So what is good for America is what promotes liberty for the individual in principle. It may hurt a little bit. It may not be popular. You know, it may seem you’re against something, when you’re really for it, because you have to vote against it. But you get the point.

To be continued…