The “New York Times, Business Day, Economic Scene” says:The numbers on our federal debt are becoming frighteningly familiar. The debt is projected to equal 140 percent of gross domestic product within two decades. Add in the budget troubles of state governments, and the true shortfall grows even larger. Greece’s debt, by comparison, equals about 115 percent of its G.D.P. today.
Suppose that excessive government spending may in some events lead to collapsed economies, massive unemployment, curfews and other “restrictions of freedoms” could be in the future of bankrupt individuals, cities, states, and/or nations. Would you expect that such problems could affect your personal freedom and individual rights in case of controls necessary if those economies crash!
From the point of view of equal rights, would it work for bankrupt governments to continue their spending and borrowing in such governments? What if borrowing from other nations is no longer available at that point. So, what can you consider doing about government which may be growing and spending as they see fit in many areas of your individual life and possibly affecting “free-rights”…
1. Consider whether you — as a conservative, liberal or progressive — regardless of party would oppose calls for raising taxes and for higher government spending — and taking-on more politicians promises: making “new-expenses”?
2. Support candidates who advocate “free-rights” that have no price tag except to be protected from tyranny, control or inaction.
3. Research the government spending and programs—as politicians pose and posture to appear as if they are against the rapid growth of spending that has continued for the last century.
4. Consider getting involved — personally engaged — in seeking politically the changes that you need. What would you say are the principles needed to maintain equal rights and freedom The principle is Protecting Your Individual Rights with limited government and whether a law is needed and proper. And so,
5. Avoid ignoring this — or even judging the government programs by size between “big” and “small” government is not necessarily the main point. But, decide whether:
- if they may seem to detract from equal rights and individual freedom.
- if they support your freedom as an individual to do right for yourself, your family, your economic life and freedom.
7. Decide whether you individually will support “big or small” programs where you find them desirable, and vote for or against leaders and representatives who support big or small:
- defense of America from military attack,
- private property rights and
- protection of every citizen’s freedom of speech,
- support of the right to bear arms self defense, and
- individual rights of self-determination (learning, education, training, working, saving).
- Telling Americans what non-violent belief, organization or church they may, should or must not belong to — or to punish or harass Americans for belonging to a particular church or peaceful ideology, considering the size of that program and the scope of the law.
- Pushing any proposal because of its smaller size when it is not acceptable even if its small or done at a lower cost.
- Restricting personal rights by the government. That is why the Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law…” in these regards; it does not say that some laws are good. So would you or would you not support:
- Free or socialized business –
- Higher or lower taxes and fees on industries and factories –
- Centralized, national government imposing school curriculum –
- Federal requirements for cities, states, businesses and homes by centralized laws that should be regulated locally. Sometimes standards are needed, but government is not the best source of these for business.
10. Watch for and decide for or against compromises that increase the taxes levied against you and bring new restrictions on your rights and complications on your freedoms.
11. Support changes that lead to inalienable rights to: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as a major purpose of government.
12. Consider seeking legislative representatives who want and will work for limited government including opposing and possibly defeating increased government spending in any principled way so that your freedoms can be heard and felt.
13. Defend everyone’s freedom to think, to act and to prosper, but not to guarantee the goods produced by another. You are free to pursue your own happiness.
14. Decide whether to require taxation for personal (non-emergency) needs to assure individual rights and personal freedom. To protect freedom to act is a main job of government.
15. Realize that the U. S. Constitution does not state that the government can make a totalitarian or police state in the U.S.A. as has been done in other places to promote government control of all phases of daily life.
16. Understand the powers constitutionally belonging to the American government. Think about whether new proposals protect the liberty of individual Americans, or does it threaten liberty? Is there any “right” basis for opposing one law bill because it is “big” while accepting another because it is “small.” Any amount of legislation may grow in scope over time like the income tax. A “small” amount of taxes and programs were the foothold for today’s massive government programs…
17. Find out how to fend for yourself. Be trained, educated and gainfully employed or employing others.
18. Press for independent thought (including speech and religion), work and production, and business with others, under the rules of law—as the meaning of Individual Rights. You are still free to act for the achievement of one’s own prosperity and happiness—including:
- the right to help others voluntarily, should both parties wish,
- and the right to fail if you make a mistake with limits to what government officials may do about that.
20. Oppose government where freedoms becoming limited and regulated in “small” ways that may grow and spread until many areas of life are dictated and specified by officials based on government “services and needs” that may come to bear in many areas of life and threaten freedom.
- The American “Declaration of Independence” and the Constitution made Individual Rights into the main principle of American government.
- “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men” was how the Founders saw the issue.
- Individual rights was were defined in the American Constitution. Each branch of government is limited to specific powers—and each branch is checked and balanced by the other branches—in order to allow the government to act as a defender of rights.
- President Clinton’s spoke in 1996 about big government, “The era of big government is over, but we can’t go back to a time when our citizens were just left to fend for themselves.” So what is your idea of assuring personal responsibility and freedom? How did that kind of thing work out? What really happened to big government and welfare — overall since then in city, state, and national spending and debt.
- Each branch in not granted certain powers by the constitution and those are then given to one of the other two branches — or if not covered then that is reserved to the states.
- The able-bodied, mentally-right individual may pursue his own life, liberty and happiness. It is no one else’s responsibility except to protect and assure individual equal rights.
- Government services in matters of intellectual freedom — rights to: free speech, legal family matters, the press, and religion — may lead to regulations of all kinds of previous freedoms.
- Government creates many bureaucracies to enforce its dictates, but may or may not protect its citizens’ individual rights.
- Government tend to expands its functions, so that individual rights may be threatened.
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