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An Octogenerian's Blog | IS SOCIALISM THE VIAGRA OF POLITICS? (Issue 749)

Today is the day the Supreme Court makes a ruling on Obamacare. A lot of speculation and anticipation, as to what the decision will be, by the third rail of government that interprets the laws. I, for one, expect less and less, from more and more decisions by any of the three branches of political government when it comes to enhancing personal individual Liberty.

The earlier decision this week by the Supreme Court relative to immigration laws in general and Arizona in particular, seemed to generate more misunderstanding and unrest after the decision than before. The bone of contention, i.e., stopping and demanding proof of legal citizenship on suspicion, was prohibitive but can be questioned if one is stopped on suspicion of a separate violation, then the investigating officer can turn the suspect over to Federal officers, if suspect is here illegally. Then the executive branch, whose job is enforcing the laws, has announced they are not following through on the ruling.

As I recall from high school civics, the Legislative branch makes the laws, the Supreme Court interprets the laws and the executive branch enforces the laws. Nothing unclear about that arrangement under the Constitution. However, in this era where Socialism has replaced the system of a Republic, lines are blurred to suit the whims of whoever sits in elected seats, in all three branches. Resulting in a power struggle between the three branches.

I read so frequently in articles and reports, by various individuals, stating the role of political government is to protect individual personal Rights. I don’t think so. It has been my long standing understanding that the role of government was to protect this nation from foreign and domestic enemies.

Our major “Rights” fall under the heading of “Life, Liberty, and Property”. If another decides to cross my boundaries of those rights, government does not protect. For example, if someone decides to come on to my property, key my vehicle, break a window, and steal my television, what can any government agency do to prevent that? Absolutely nothing. What they can and do, is come in after my Rights have been violated, and take action. Which is retaliatory and not protection.

Protection always works. At the point it doesn’t, it’s no longer protection.

I recall an incident I encountered several years ago, when I was living in the country. An individual drove up in a pickup truck, quickly ran into my house and grabbed my television, placed it in his truck and started to drive off. I grabbed my 45 police special gun, knelt down on my porch and shot his rear tire out, which stopped the intruder cold, then called the police.They retrieved my television and arrested the intruder. Then stood in my front yard and proceeded to lecture me about shooting the gun.

I simply told them, I owned the television, owned the gun, had a permit to carry and a Right to protect my property. Then informed them, standing on my property, lecturing me, I considered a trespass, and they should leave, and they did.

My son who was only seven years old at the time, has never forgotten that incident, now grown up and a key-note speaker, sometimes relates that story to others. It points up the fact the government does not protect, but can only retaliate after the fact.

There’s a pervasive notion in this country, it is wrong for individuals to stand up and “protect” themselves and their property. A rather perverse notion, we the people should leave protection up to government employees to handle. An impossible task in the first place. Which promotes irresponsibility, and promotes the idea “others” are responsible for our protection. All stemming from the erroneous idea, the role of government is to protect.

A few days ago, I was sitting on my back patio, which is fenced in and gated, conversing with a friend, when a black man rode up on his bicycle, came onto my backyard, sat down and asked for money. I informed him he interrupted my conversation, was trespassing on my property and ordered him to leave, and he did.

The bottom line is, each one of us must assume and exercise the responsibility for our well-being and property Rights, and get over this erroneous idea, government has that role. And reject this idea others promote, that it is the role of political government to protect. They can only retaliate after the fact a trespass has occurred.

The ownership of property begins with the boundaries of ourselves, and the ownership of things, extends outward from that fact. The more we have and acquire, the greater our responsibility is for protecting.

Living in this era, where so many have so much on the one hand and a large number of others, homeless and hungry and have so little, a notion persists the have-nots are entitled to take, and the haves are under the misguided notion, it’s the role of political government to protect what they have.

A rather strange paradigm, when it comes to understanding freedom, which is self-control and self-responsibility.

The noted columnist, Joseph Sobran, stated: “If communism was liberalism in a hurry, Liberalism is communism in slow motion.”

Let Freedom Ring

Just Me AC

email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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