"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

Welcome to Patriot's Lament. We strive here to educate ourselves on Liberty. We will not worry ourselves so much with the daily antics of American politics, and drown ourselves in the murky waters of the political right or left.
Instead, we will look to the Intellectuals and Champions of Liberty, and draw on their wisdom of what it is to be a truly free people. We will learn from where our Providential Liberties are derived, and put the proper perspective of a Free Individual and the State.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

More laws, to make us free?

We have these days more laws than anyone can possibly ever know or understand. The thought is that our politicians are put into place to legislate to the point that every aspect of our daily lives is regulated. We apparently would be immobile if it were not for every statute we have, protecting us from ourselves.
I have also been told we need these laws to protect us from all the murderers, thieves and rapist out there. Really?
Do these never ending regulations give us protections we didn't have before? 
Or do the various statutes we have actually deprive us of our Liberty?
 If we look at the writings of our Founders, we find that the legislating powers that the different state and federal legislatures had were limited within the scope of the Constitution, and were never intended to regulate our everyday lives.
"...rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual"
— Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Isaac H. Tiffany - 1819) 

"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement." (Thomas Jefferson)

In these 2 examples, Jefferson tells us of the intent of the government that the people had just created. The basic nature of government is to protect the individual's liberty, not to impose man's will over others. 
 Basic common law already protected us from murder and other acts like it. There has been no need to pass a law saying it's a crime to murder someone, it's a natural law that we all know.
If you harmed another person's Right to Life, Liberty, or Property, you were to be punished and make the other person whole again. You had to pay restitution to the one you violated.
James Wilson, one of only 6 signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, said " States and Governments were made for man; and, at the same time, how true it is, that his creatures and servants have first deceived, next vilified, and, at last, oppressed their master and maker." 
He also stated in a legal opinion that "states have no claim over her Citizens", and that "Supreme Power resides in the People".

How then can a state regulate everything that we do? What right does an un-elected person working for the state have in making directives against the People with the full force and effect of law? What right do they have to tell me what things I can and can't do with my own Property for example? 

I say that they do not have that right. Patrick Henry made it as plain and simple as anyone could when he said," The Constitution is not an instrument of the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the People to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests". In these united States we have Citizens, not subjects, and the state exists at our pleasure. To say the state can institute law and regulation at will against its Citizens is against the very foundation of our Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness.

It is Tyranny at its finest.


  1. I'm so excited to see you guys delve into all this!

  2. ya me too, josh, i dident know you were a nut case...jk,

  3. Welcome to the blogosphere.

    Welcome to the insurgency.