What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
Liberty is the inspired and inspiring concept that started the American Revolution, and fuels continual revolution, dissent, and political battles today. Speaking of the importance of liberty, Frederick Douglass said:
The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. (The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series One, Volume 3)
Showing that liberty is a continual struggle, Thomas Jefferson commented:
The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. (Letter to William Stephens Smith, 1787)
The quest for liberty is not idle in our day. I’m not sure why I have never heard of this before, but I recently came across the Liberty Amendment.
The purpose of the Liberty Amendment:
The purpose of this Amendment is to give full force and effect to the Constitution of the United States; to restore freedom and lost liberties to all Americans; and to restore sovereignty to the United States of America, the States and the body of the People.
The text of the proposed Amendment:
Section 1. The Government of the United States shall not engage in any business, professional, commercial, financial or industrial enterprise except as specified in the Constitution.
Section 2. The constitution or laws of any State, or the laws of the United States shall not be subject to the terms of any foreign or domestic agreement which would abrogate this amendment.
Section 3. The activities of the United States Government which violate the intent and purpose of this amendment shall, within a period of three years from the date of the ratification of this amendment, be liquidated and the properties and facilities affected shall be sold.
Section 4. Three years after the ratification of this amendment the sixteenth article of amendments to the Constitution of the United States shall stand repealed and thereafter Congress shall not levy taxes on personal incomes, estates, and/or gifts.
This Amendment, in my opinion, is sorely needed. It has quite a long history but present support and backing. Liberty is just what we need to protect and restore, and it is the Constitution that has secured it in the past. It will only continue to do so in the future as long as it is adhered to by our three branches of government. This Amendment would help assure just that. I look forward with earnest to tracking its progress through our rocky legislative process.