Goes to the blogger known as Editor, who operates the blog Spellchek. Editor has written a very good piece in which he asks us to compare liberty as it existed in 1776 to the “liberty” we experience in America today.

An excerpt:

By any measure, we now live under a shadow of what liberty once was. Everything is relative and we accept a much lower standard to still call us free. The Constitution is now called  outdated. We are told our society has evolved and that the principles outlined in the Constitution no longer apply to a modern society. All of these scenarios were pre-warned by the Founders. They wrote it down. They relayed it in speeches. This is why many are so incredulous that this is happening to our country today. The warnings were issued and history has shown us that the template has been followed to a tee. Of course, today we have an astounding wealth of information at our fingertips about the subject, yet it is still a debate.

How is it that we still debate the definition of liberty? Our government and educational system have done us all a grave disservice by ceasing to teach the principles upon which this country was founded. Yet there are still those who understand what true liberty means and the threats it must endure.

Liberty will never exist unmolested. The more free we are, the more some will want to take it away. It was never a matter of declaring it and just being done with it. So many of us have no concept of what true liberty is or ever was…

Editor then explores a short scenario of what it may take to regain the liberty as defined by the Founders in our Constitution. An excellent read indeed. But don’t take my word for it.

See for yourself. Spellchek: Liberty 1776 vs. 2010

  • 5etester October 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the link-much appreciated.

  • innominatus October 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I don’t want to be completely contrarian, because I agree that our liberties have been eroded. BUT –

    There used to be laws against “conspicuous co-habitation”
    There used to be laws against fornication (even for consenting adults)
    There used to be laws against sodomy (even for consenting adults)
    There used to be laws against homosexuality (even for consenting adults)
    There used to be laws against adultery (even for consenting adults)
    There used to be Prohibition
    There used to be all manner of “Blue Laws”

    I’m very much a social con on a personal level but more libertarian when it comes to what I think the role of government should be. So I’m conflicted on whether these “liberties” are good for society. Many of the things I list above are counted as normal nowadays but would have likely been considered detestable (and illegal) behavior by our “liberty-minded” Founding Fathers.

  • mnrobot October 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Innominatus, I agree with you as to the evidence of a dichotomy when it comes to what should be legal. I think that is why the Founders put so many restrictions on the Federal government. Keep in mind, they allowed almost all power to the States and the people in the Tenth Amendment. We have “progressed” so far from original intent that the founders could only perceive what has become as what they warned against.
    I happen to believe that IF enough people were educated on libertarianism/conservatism we would have a much freer society. Sure, there would be stupid, over intrusive laws. When haven’t there been? But at least we could argue them at a more local level, the States or communities.
    My two cents.

  • Kid October 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same… ~ Ronald Reagan


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