Freedom or Liberty Essay

1134 Words Jan 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Freedom and Liberty

Every day the federal government as well as state and local government pass laws to make us a safer society. As they make society safer they are slowly chewing away at our rights, liberties, and personal freedom. Where is the balance? A serf toiling away in a field had very little liberty. He couldn’t vote and didn’t have any true freedom of speech or assembly. But he did have freedom to think his own thoughts, and he was given by his creator the right to moral agency. Within his confined world, he had the freedom to make choices, either good or bad. We now have laws regulating everything. We are forced to wear seatbelts, to wear motorcycle helmets. Smokers can’t even smoke outside. Kids are
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In doing this, the “founding fathers” make clear an important fact, that the purpose of the new nation is to be a place in which freedom is celebrated, and in which a government will be established to guarantee that freedom through the liberty it grants to each citizen. In saying this, the Declaration establishes the government of The United States of America…..the guardian of liberty. The Declaration of Independence says that in order to assure freedom for all citizens, a government and its various agencies will oversee that freedom by granting liberty to those citizens. Every law, every regulation, every action taken by the government must be measured against the question of whether it fulfills that goal and does indeed, guarantee liberty for the exercise of freedom. It is vast, complicated, and diverse. The oversight of liberty requires a moral, ethical, and intelligent application of law to a complex institution. All the more reason that those elected to be leadership of our nation should be selected with care, caution, and without hope of personal gain.
The Declaration of Independence, the document that describes our fundamental rights, includes many implied limitations on government and on the people who live under government. Thus, governments are limited by “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And if a people find it necessary to alter or abolish government, it is their

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