“Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights.”
Rational Nation USA came across the above quote recently and was struck by the awesome truth in these words. The source of this quote is unknown, however the knowledge as to who uttered, or wrote these words is not nearly as important as the meaning and rationality of the words themselves.
One can easily imagine that anyone one of the founding fathers could have written, spoke, or both, these words of ultimate wisdom. As we look at the realities of our current day political, governmental, and economic practices we can see how far we have strayed from these truths.
Today, the corrupt and unprincipled politicians and elected government officials have lost sight of the values average Americans have held dear for over 233 years. The values deeply embodied within the above quote. Indeed the values of our Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America.
The values of limited government, self sufficiency and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The right to be free from burdensome and oppressive government regulation that stifles creative thought, ability, and the free and unfettered ability to trade freely on an open market.
It is truly unfortunate that many, perhaps the majority, fail to see the value in the principled exercise of these principles and values. For certain the Republican and Democratic parties have failed to understand the opening quote for well over a century.
And the chickens have come home to roost following the worst decade of financial mismanagement since FDR and the Great Depression.