Liberty Versus Safety, Freedom Versus Food

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article 2, U.S. ConstitutionBefore he enters the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

This is the oath of office prescribed in Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution. It describes the primary duty of the President. Please note that it does not say “protect the people”, there is a reason, if the first order of business is carried out properly, the people will be able to protect themselves!

The fear of the founders was that people would come to rely on government instead of themselves. That at some point in time, they would, in Franklin’s words: “…give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety…”. He concluded by saying that those who would, deserve neither!

They knew that someday someone would try to convince the people that they could trade their liberty for safety, their freedom for food! There could be times when we become short of both.

Will we be among those who say: “Give us protection, and take our liberty, give us food, and take our freedom for there is not food and freedom enough for all”.

Is that the side of the line in the sand you want to stand on?

If the government becomes invasive, promising protection, if we give up our right to be secure in our persons, to avoid unlawful search and seizure, and our right to be armed, just exactly what remains of our liberty?

“The world will not yield to outworn slogans. It can not be moved by those who cling to a present that is already dying, who prefer the illusion of peace to the excitement and danger that comes with even the most peaceful progress.”

Robert Kennedy

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