posted on Aug, 4 2014 @ 05:48 PM
I read a LOT on this forum from folks bent out of shape because they think “freedom” in a “free” society should mean literal, absolute and
total freedom to do whatever they want to do. They whine about how we’re abusing the constitution and violating the priciples espoused by our
all-knowing, all-seeing, “larger than life itself” founding fathers, who surely intended for America to be an “anything goes”, “throw
caution to the wind”, “if it feels good do it” kinda state. Man, those dudes had it goin’, and then Obama came along to f--- it all up. Yeah,
let’s go ahead and place the blame where it belongs: it’s Obama’s fault. God, I sure do miss the days when it was cool to fornicate on the
neighbor’s front porch, and then go grocery shopping in the nude.
Sorry guys, but freedom is a relative thing, and it always has been. Even Stone Age groups likely had at least a simple playbook. Civilation would be
impossible without adequate laws to govern it and rules to play by. Even a “free nation” is based upon a “social contract” which regulates
the behavior of it’s individual members for the benefit of the whole. It’s just the way it works. Otherwise, society would quickly degenerate and
collapse into a state of chaos.
Now, I agree there are a LOT of stupid, unjust and brain-dead laws on the books. I don’t know about you, but I attribute a lot of that to the fact
that we have elected a LOT of stupid, unjust and brain-dead lawmakers to be in charge of the rulebook. And who’s to blame for that? I guess that
would be the stupid, unjust and brain-dead electorate (us). So, it’s a constant, on-going process of groping in the dark, learning from past
mistakes (something we aren’t very good at), fixing/reversing the foolish blunders, and then blindly moving on, aka “the Human problem solving
One thing I think should be obvious, but apparently to many it isn’t, is that we live in a very different world than our founding fathers did.
Although our Constitution was a masterfully crafted, ingenious document, and remains to this day a wisdom-filled guide to governing/living, it can’t
be literally followed in EVERY case within today’s context; it often demands analysis of it’s original intent and relevancy to today’s world.
The founders were smart guys, but I doubt they had a crystal ball to guide them. We tend to romanticize the past, though, remembering/inventing the
good stuff and blocking out the rest.
When I was in college I vaguely remember taking a philosophy course, and for a good part of the quarter we discussed the subject of total freedom, and
whether or not we could handle it if we had it. The conclusion we all came to is we Humans do not want total freedom; most people want a government to
regulate us and tell us what we can and can’t do. Kind of like a parent to guide us and break up our sibling rivalries and squabbles, etc. Heaven
forbid we must each take responsibility for determining the consequences of our actions and be burdened with the task of deciding things like what’s
right and what’s wrong! That would mean we’d have to think! Well, I’ll have none of that!! Not in my world! It’s much easier having someone
else (the government) do the thinking.
God, without rules, just think of all the ugly people walking around naked. Whoa! Be careful what you wish for!