Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: What is Freedom?

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."
(Benjamin Franklin)

What is freedom? Have you ever thought about that? As Americans we tend to think we know all about it, but do we? Since freedom is what America and MCP are all about, perhaps we should try to answer this question. It seems to me that there are basically two views as to what freedom is.

One is that freedom is about demanding our "rights", getting free stuff, and doing whatever we want whenever we want. In this view it becomes the function of government to legalize and/or facilitate whatever it is that you want to do and provide you with free goodies, and the Constitution is to be manipulated as necessary to achieve these ends. This approach has given us the welfare state, legalized abortion, homosexual marriage, protections for pornography while at the same time prohibiting prayer, etc...and it has brought America to the brink of self-destruction.

The Founders had quite a different view. They understood that in order for freedom to thrive people must do what is right, as the Benjamin Franklin quote cited above and this one from John Adams illustrate:
"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
(John Adams)

In a nutshell, they bet the whole "freedom farm" on the proposition that we the people could and would order our lives according to the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. To the extent that we have done so, freedom has flourished in America. In this view, the Constitution is authoritative and the function of government is to ensure a level playing field to which all law-abiding citizens have access, and on which they are free to pursue their dreams.

Obviously, these two views on freedom are mutually exclusive. It can't be both ways. At MCP we believe as the Founders did and that is why our emphasis is on education. First, we strive to deepen our own knowledge and understanding of the true history of our nation. Then, by passing that information along, we work to help those with whom we come in contact to understand these truths. I like to call this "Freedom Evangelism". In so doing, we help re-plant, water and grow the seeds of freedom anew in America.

We currently have 2 meetings planned at which we will be able to learn together about our Constitution. The first will be from 10 to 2 on Saturday, February 19th, at the Church of the Open Door on Highway 63 South in Macon. This course will focus on the history of the Constitution and how it came into being.

The second will be in March and will build upon the first. The exact content, date and time for this meeting have not yet been determined. Check the website often for details and more information. In the meantime, let freedom ring!

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots

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