A recent comment on the blog reads, “The founding fathers considered government to be a threatening force, possibly an institution difficult to shed, and one that could stand in the way of personal freedom.”
Which is probably why there are so many quotes out there from the “founding fathers” themselves regarding this very issue. Here are just a few:
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.Thomas Jefferson, May 27, 1788
Isn’t that the truth! It is the natural way of things. Government and Power grow together, further encroaching on freedom and liberty. Restricting that growth is the hard part. And it’s nearly impossible to reduce its bloat once it has achieved enormity.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.James Madison, June 16, 1788
Wow. These guys really knew their stuff! James Madison hit the nail squarely on the head with that one. It’s the slow creep. Death by a thousand cuts. It has been happening for quite some time. The nation is bleeding out.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.Thomas Paine, September 12, 1777
Thomas Paine is right on. Your liberties do not exist without constant upkeep. It is the natural way of governments to restrict liberties over time for one reason or another. It is up to us to push back against those who may take it away. Otherwise, it WILL be taken away.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.Thomas Jefferson, November 13, 1787
Throughout history, tyranny takes hold. And the only way to get liberty back is to fight it. It’s an uncomfortable truth. These men did it back then.
The four quotes above sums it up. And that is this:
We the people have the obligation to uphold our liberty. To keep our government in check, so to speak. It is our duty to support liberty if we wish to keep it. When we do nothing, we lose it. A piece at a time.
It’s not something that’s simply there for us, all by itself. I mean, it is, it is a natural inalienable right, but it is gradually usurped by government itself.
We are a free people, but only to an extent. We surely are free’er than most other nations on the planet. But we absolutely and certainly are not as free as we were back during our earlier days as a nation. Maybe we should take that as a lesson from history.
While the gargantuan and immensely obese government that we have today is beyond rehabilitation to it’s younger youth and health, we must recognize the ongoing responsibility to uphold our freedom and liberty.
Sure, there may be nearly a thousand cuts already. But keep your eyes open for the knife going after the next one. And get involved to the extent that you can. Thomas Paine said it well. Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
No one said it’s going to be easy…