The honorable Judge Andrew Napolitano composed the most persuasive and well written piece in response to the recent liberal gun grab threat. Guns and Freedom had it all, from the unalienable right of self-ownership to how that translates to the right to bare arms. In the typical Napolitano eloquent verbiage he provides more information and thought provoking assertions grounded in fact than you can find anywhere else in the media today. While the entire article was fascinating and persuasive, I want to take a few minutes to focus on a couple of paragraphs:
“The essence of humanity is freedom. Government – whether voted in peacefully or thrust upon us by force – is essentially the negation of freedom. Throughout the history of the world, people have achieved freedom when those in power have begrudgingly given it up. From the assassination of Julius Caesar to King John’s forced signing of the Magna Carta, from the English Civil War to the triumph of the allies at the end of World War II, from the fall of Communism to the Arab Spring, governments have permitted so-called nobles and everyday folk to exercise more personal freedom as a result of their demands for it and their fighting for it. This constitutes power permitting liberty.
The American experience was the opposite. Here, each human being is sovereign, as the colonists were after the Revolution. Here, the delegation to the government of some sovereignty – the personal dominion over self – by each American permitted the government to have limited power in order to safeguard the liberties we retained. Stated differently, Americans gave up some limited personal freedom to the new government so it could have the authority and resources to protect the freedoms we retained. Individuals are sovereign in America, not the government. This constitutes liberty permitting power.” – Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
The essence of humanity is freedom, Napolitano says. The nature of liberty as experienced by the majority of human history was only as much as reluctant rulers have “begrudgingly given it up”. This separates Americans, who have enjoyed freedom established and preserved, by ‘The People’. The United States government, created to protect our liberties was only given a discretionary authority of certain expressly agreed upon liberties. This has never happened before in the history of the world.
We can be surely disappointed that in reality, the nature of our freedom has come to matter very little. As made so pointedly clear by the recent gun control debate, tyranny is no threat to the modern liberal agenda. It is the agenda.
-AdamBlacksburg, the Humane Condition.