Are you confused about freedom in the USA? Why does government control every decision in your life, while people keep saying America is a free country? Why are you denied a free will in a free country? Answer: You were all created equal until you consented to be governed.
Before 1900, you didn’t beg permission from government, or pay for a permit to:
- collect rain water
- go fishing
- own property
- have a barking dog
- start business
- build a house
- have privacy
- keep your own money
- travel without first paying for a government credential (permit)
- buy life saving medications of your choice without getting government controlled permission from a government approved health provider to purchase from a government regulated pharmacist.
- cash a check without first buying a government credential (permit) or getting a banking authorization number to buy or sell.
- get married
- own a weapon
- make a statement without a notary. Your word was good. Even emancipated slaves proof of freedom was a letter from their former master. No notary needed.
- cut hair
- sell a product (“let the buyer beware” was the phrase the courts’ used. Like Adam and Eve it is our responsibility to avoid deception)
- sell your labor — what the Supreme Court said “labor, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable.” — without credentials or a wage authorization number. And also be responsible for you own on-the-job injuries.
- sell lemonade from your front yard (there was only one food law. It required food vendors to sell only wholesome foods, and a jury would then determine if it was wholesome enough).
- cast a shadow onto a wetland
- buy a 100 watt light bulb.
- shower with more flow than 2½ GPM
- flush your toilet with more than 1.6 gallons
- repair your back porch without a permit, in a nation where your fathers blasted through mountain ranges to build a railroad from sea to shining sea.
- Motorized vehicles did not need a license plate.
- Drivers of motorized vehicles did not need a license. (but commercial drivers of horses did).
- It was impossible to obtain a government divorce if it was of a church wedding
- Men defended their families, which is why we created a government. Adultery was a felony that was also the greatest of civil injuries “… wherein the damages recovered are usually very large and exemplary.” It was impossible for a court to cancel a marriage, forcibly kidnap their children to be sacrificed on pagan alters, take half of their wealth to give as a reward for adultery, then force them to support the state’s children.
- Public schools were neighborhood schools paid for by parents.
- Birth certificates existed only in large cities, but were for government use only.
- Income tax is unconstitutional. Income tax was declared unconstitutional in 1895 in Pollock v. Farmer’s Loan Co. (157 US 429, 158 U.S. 601), By the way, The 16th Amendment did not change this.
- Gold and silver coins are the only lawful money. Signs that said CASH ONLY means the business would not accept paper notes issued by banks.
The collective’s choice for you is not always your individual choice. God gave us free will to act within the boundaries mentioned in the Bible. He wants you to be a free soul under his authority. Obeying man’s boundaries over your free-will makes you a submissive wimp. The existence of the collective’s choice (to choose for you) denies that you have God given free will.
U.S. Supreme Court, 1888:
” in the implied compact between the State and the citizen, certain rights are reserved by the latter which are guarantied by the constitutional provision protecting persons against being deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, and with which the State cannot interfere;”…”, our system of government, based upon the individuality and intelligence of the citizen, does not claim to control him except as to his conduct to others, leaving him the sole judge as to all that only affects himself.”… As was said in Munn v. Illinois, 94 U. S. 124, while power does not exist with the whole people to control rights that are purely and exclusively private, Government may require ‘each citizen to so conduct himself, and so use his own property, as not unnecessarily to injure another.’ ”— Mugler v. Kansas 123 US 623,660 (1888)
Free will in a free country
Liberty only comes with responsibility. You cannot covet your neighbors’ wealth and expect to have rights. You cannot participate in government welfare benefits and have rights.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”— John Adams letter to Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798
- You had a God-given free will. The received law-of-the-land tells us that availing oneself of benefits “oblige the inferior to take the will of him on who he depends”.
- Every Law Dictionary will tell you “The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freedman to his original slavery” Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinam servitutem redigunt.
- In the words of Samuel Adams “crouch down and lick the hands which feed you”.
The LORD gave you a free will. Domination is the opposite.
Quakers warned us that all forms of forced thought control (domination) is “… superstitions, will-worship, and abominable idolatry in the sight of God”. (Quaker Apology # 11). Paul confessed in Acts 26:10 that he executed Christians when he cast his ballot against them. Thomas Jefferson was “against every form of tyranny over the mind of man”. You welcomed tyranny when you were the tyrant, and now you complain. Collectivism in all of its forms cannot recognize individual rights.
Back when the word religion referred to your duty to your fellow man, Quaker Apology #14 by Robert Barclay (1678):
“Concerning the power of the Civil Magistrate, in matters purely religious, and pertaining to the conscience:He cited Luke 9:55-56; Matthew 7:12,29; Titus 3:10
Since God hath assumed to himself the power and dominion of the conscience, who alone can rightly instruct and govern it, therefore it is not lawful for any whatsoever, by virtue of any authority or principality they bear in the government of this world, to force the consciences of others; and therefore all killing [executions], banishing, fining, imprisoning, and other such things, which men are afflicted with, for the alone exercise of their conscience, or difference in worship or opinion, proceedeth from the spirit of Cain the murderer, and is contrary to the Truth; provided always, that no man, under the pretense of conscience, prejudice his neighbour in his life or estate; or do anything destructive to, or inconsistent with human society; in which case the law is for the transgressor, and justice to be administered upon all, without respect of persons”
You cannot have free will in a free country because you wanted government to forcibly take from others to provide you with benefits so that you can live more comfortably.
“America will be great if America is good. If not, her greatness will vanish away like a morning cloud.”— Andrew Reed and James Matheson, A Narrative of the Visit to the American Churches (Vol. II). Harper & Brothers, 1835.
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