Lacey Smith

Losing our right to choose

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while now – and more and more in the last couple of weeks. I’ve had a hard time putting quite into the words that I wanted though.

I think that this issue is so close to me that it’s hard to break it down in a few hundred words.

In my last post I wrote “Neither [choice], in the end, is really a choice. It’s just an illusion.”

I’m afraid that by using my experience with the TSA, the message got lost.

I believe that the TSA is just one element of an overall revamp of our government that has increased both in speed and intensity in the last several years. This revamp is designed to bring us to “the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission” (Ayn Rand, The Nature of Government).

Essentially, we are losing our right to choose.

While the mainstream media reports every night on issues that affect our daily lives, most of the problems are symptoms of this bigger problem. However, we rarely ask “so what?” and your nightly news rarely answers it.

More, every element of our lives are touched by government mandates that we simply don’t question. In the rare event that we do question, there are either no answers available or we are told to sit down and shut up. Quit asking.

For example, when was the last time you looked at the ethanol sticker on the gas pump and asked “Why is that there?” (hint, it’s a federal mandate). Does it ever bother you that you don’t have a choice to buy gasoline without ethanol in it?

What about when you fly? Does the invasive TSA still bother you? Or in our schools, does the unfunded NCLB mandate take away your freedom? I could make the case that it does. And I could write a whole post on federal mandates that reduce your freedom unnecessarily.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the federal government. In a “local” story, a midwife in Indiana was recently arrested after illegally delivering a woman’s baby. What happened to a woman’s right to choose? It’s about so much more than birth control and abortion.

On a hundred thousand levels, our choices are being taken from us and so often we don’t recognize it.

This ability to have moral agency is what government was created for and “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” (Declaration of Independence).

I am not advocating revolution, exactly. I’m afraid that we don’t have long before we get there though.

However, what I’m advocating at this point is a restitution.

I’m proposing that we restore our Republic to a republic and our people to the kind of people who deserve a republic.

Before we utterly lose our right to chose, I’m suggesting that we stand up and protect what small amount of it we have left.

We’re losing our right to choose. It’s time to defend it


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