This Freedom thing is not for the faint of heart or the blissfully ignorant. Although the Constitution limits the powers of the Federal Government, much that government does today is, in fact, unconstitutional. We have allowed this abuse of authority to occur because we have forgotten basic truths. Decades of apathy and sloth have us headed toward self-imposed slavery. We will preserve freedom for posterity only if we recall the wisdom of our fathers and the requisites that brought us here:
1) Freedom cannot exist without morality. Without strength of character and moral fortitude, we cannot govern ourselves. A decline in morality results in the abuse of rights and increases the need for government. Criminals need jailers; domesticated animals need herdsmen; an immoral citizenry needs a police state. As we abandon morality and adopt the law of the jungle, we lose freedom.
2) Freedom and ignorance are not compatible. To be capable of self-government, we must be informed as well as moral. Without information, we tend to vote for the politician who promises the most, which results in more and bigger government. An omnipotent government rules inept individuals, and an uninformed and impotent people votes itself into slavery. Only a moral, informed electorate will vote for men and women of principle who will limit government to its proper role.
3) The Declaration of Independence proclaims that our rights come from our Creator and are therefore intrinsic. Because rights existed prior to governments, the purpose of government is only to protect these rights, not to legislate out of existence rights that are incapable of being surrendered. A Constitutional Republic is based on this fundamental truth. If we ever abandon it, we also lose freedom.
4) The limitation of government is the essence of freedom. Because men are not angels, some government is necessary to secure our inalienable rights. Because government officials are men, powers of government must be strictly limited and constantly held in check.
Essay by Sara Jo DuHamel
The Contract with America the story of the Constitution