The Oxford Encyclopedia of the English language, defines liberty as, "The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views."
I find it sad that the very definition of liberty has begun to include restrictions. The irony was disturbing. I had to go back to earlier definitions, and alternative definitions, to find a definition of liberty that was closer to the truth. one that didn't include built-in restrictions.
What I finally came up with, was this one, "The ability to act without first asking permission."
I also found another alternative definition, "The Power or Scope to Act as one Pleases."
Liberty is the ability to act without first asking permission. Total liberty is a myth. While you can govern yourself, as an individual, you also have to interact with other individuals, and as such, there needs to be rules. If only rules and simple courtesy. So each time a rule is established it takes away a liberty. For instance I live in the forest with another person, so we agree on a rule, that says that when a person is not present, the other person doesn't go into their tent. In this case we given up a liberty, and by giving that liberty up, which is to go into the other person's tent, that liberty is converted to a privilege, that's granted by the other person who owns the tent.
This is a way that the United States Constitution was established. We gave up essential liberties, to the Constitution which then entrusted those liberties to the federal government, to be converted into powers. Each of those powers was enumerated, which simply means that they were numbered. And each of those powers, were agreed upon by all of the people of the United States, through their representatives, and granted to the United States Constitution. If you wish to see which rights were given up, to be converted into powers, then look at the United States constitution in Section 8.
1. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, and, to pay the Debts and provide for the common and general of the United States; but all , and shall be uniform throughout the United States;
2. To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
3. To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
5. To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
7. To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
8. To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
9. To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and against the Law of Nations;
11. To declare War, grant and , and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
12. To raise and support Armies, but no of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than Years;
13. To provide and maintain a Navy;
14. To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
15. To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
16. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline by Congress;
17. To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding Miles square) as may, by of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, , Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And
18. To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
These are the rise the people gave up, in order for the government to function, and these are all of the rights that the Constitution has. Everything that happens outside of these enumerated rights, (it does not directly support one of these enumerated rights) is unconstitutional or extra – constitutional.
You are at liberty to do is you please, as long as you don't violate or attempt to take back one of these rights.
Another something that you should understand about a liberty, is that a liberty that zone becomes a power. When ownership is transferred from the people all be temporarily, the rights that are transferred become powers and effective against the individual. They also, become privileges.
A privilege is a right that has been surrendered were taken, and the granted back on a limited basis. The way a ride is converted into a privilege, is that everything that that right had in its realm of responsibility, is made illegal. Because it is illegal, you need a permit from the government to do what is otherwise not allowed.
At one time we were allowed to marry in the United States. But marriage was made illegal. Now in order to marry, you must get a marriage license, which is permission to do what would otherwise be illegal. Do you see the right to regulate marriage in the enumerated rights? Go ahead and look, I'll wait.
What about the right to regulate arms? Can you find that in this document, in the 18th enumerated rights?
What about the right to regulate small farms? Where do you see permission granted to the United States Constitution to limit your use of public parks?
Almost every law in the United States that is not contained within these enumerated rights, is authorized under section 18, which is called the necessary and proper clause, and
Section 3, which is considered the commerce clause. The seven effective words of the commerce clause, "to regulate commerce among the several states," are used to regulate everything from guns, to every drug law on the books at the federal level. The gun free school zone act, was authorized under the commerce clause. If you look you'll find that almost every law on the books at the federal level, including the Lacey act, is authorized under the commerce clause.
So how do they get away with using the right to regulate commerce, to regulate keeping a gun in your house, or buying a shotgun with the barrel that is less than 18 inches long? Because that gun may be sold, at some time or place, in some manner through either monetary exchange or barter, and enter commerce which may, in some way form or fashion, be sold across state lines, or affect the sale of another gun, across state lines, in some form or fashion. They even tried to regulate people, saying that they had the right to regulate what you ate, because by eating, you affect commerce across the state line, and they thought that this was enough, to establish the affordable care act.
But it's more simple than that, the government says that you will eventually, in your lifetime, seek medical attention, and have to spend money, which will affect interstate trade of medical supplies, doctors, nurses, hospitals, insurance companies, gauze, scalpels, syringes, or Band-Aids. And because you will eventually get sick and need a Band-Aid, the government has granted in itself using the words to regulate commerce among the several states, to fine you for not purchasing a product that you do not want, need, or desire to purchase. By using an unrelated clause, to create a powerthat was not granted to the Constitution, the government has stolen liberties and freedoms they have no right to.
Liberty, the ability to act without first having to ask permission. Words to memorize, and live by. Or just be a slave in a cage where you rarely see the bars.