Five Ft. Three

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

History of Progressivism

on February 4, 2010

It’s all about trying to evolve the Constitution away from the power being with “We the People” towards a central government having the power. However, as President Reagan pointed out in his farewell address to the nation, “There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”

Why is contacting liberties bad news? Well, for one thing, our country has a reputation of better success when we our liberties are the greatest, so why we would willingly give up our freedoms just does not make sense.

Secondly, humans are imperfect, we all know and accept that. Governments are made up of imperfect beings, too. However, when all the power gets centralized, then their imperfections are magnified, because their failings affect more people (think Katrina).

We need to reject the notions of progressives that think it’s natural to move in the direction of less freedom. It is true that having freedom does require responsibility, but who knows better what is right for you and your family more than you do? So, while having freedom may mean you might fail, that is a small price to pay for the opportunities that can arise from the freedoms we have, even after failing.

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