Wednesday letters: Independence is dwindling away

07/23/2014 12:00 AM

07/22/2014 5:32 PM

Earlier this month marked a time to cogitate and celebrate our freedom and independence. Most celebrated the birth of our nation by reflecting on the past. How many of us thought about where we are now and where we will be in the future?

Ours is a “nation of laws and not of men.” However, laws come in at least two forms. First, many laws are designed to limit evil. Most of these are good because they preserve “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” even though they limit someone's freedom. The second type of law is designed to promote the good, but also limits people's freedom. They turn the freedom of religion to freedom from religion and the freedom to bear arms into restricting rights of law-abiding citizens. They regulate the freedom to choose medical insurance you want and need (Obamacare) as well as the freedom to educate your children with your values (Common Core, etc.).

Our independence has been reduced to dependence. We are dependent on EBT cards, medical insurance subsidies, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment and disability compensation.

Will the future offer more or less freedom?

George M. Rushe

Chapin

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