“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”
You know, it occurred to me that one word we never hear from Hillary Clinton is the word “Liberty.”
Sure, she’ll prattle off words like “equality,” “progress,” and “fairness,” but she never speaks of Liberty.
Liberty is central to our Declaration of Independence because Liberty is about the individual. We, as individuals, have a right to live our lives free of government oppression, free of government intrusion. It is because of this unalienable right that the signers of Declaration of Independence sought to be free of England. We were subjects, not sovereign individuals. We were ruled over, not self-governed.
Hillary Clinton doesn’t speak of Liberty because she does not believe in the sovereignty of the individual. She believes in the sovereignty of the State.
Hillary Clinton does not speak of Liberty because if all Americans live freely apart from the Government, she cannot control us.
Hillary Clinton does not believe in Liberty mostly because Liberty isn’t “fair.”
For Hillary Clinton, Government isn’t supposed to secure our Liberty; rather, it is to “level the playing field.” For a collectivist like Hillary, “Progress” is only made when Liberty is restrained.
It isn’t fair that you get to choose how to live your own life, earn your money, raise your families because the choices you make might not be available to everyone else. Therefore, since not everyone will be able to do the same things you choose to do, you shouldn’t be allowed to do them yourself. We have to make it “equal.” We have to make it “fair.” We have to level the playing field.
It is only “fair” to restrict some so as not to give them an unequal advantage.
The reason the Left despises Individual Liberty is because it puts you out of their reach.
I wandered over to Hillary’s Twitter account to see how she recognized Independence Day.
It is exactly as I expected:
Here's to 240 years of progress. pic.twitter.com/rxZa7Niodt
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 4, 2016
This quote she chooses to highlight does not celebrate the sovereign individual or the American heritage of Liberty; rather, it celebrates those who used Government to strip us of our Liberty in order to impose on everyone else their subjective sense of “fairness,” “justice,” and “equality.” There is no recognition of God-given unalienable rights. Because for Hillary, “rights” are not unalienable. “Rights” are determined by Government.
240 years of “Progress,” not 240 years of Liberty.
Because Liberty isn’t “fair.” Liberty stands in the way of Uniformity. Liberty stands in the way of Collectivism. Liberty stands in the way of Hillary’s notion of “Progress.”
And Hillary’s notion of “Progress” is that of a centralized Government that imposes on the people it’s sense of “fairness” and “equality.”
Hillary’s notion of “Progress” is the erosion of the sovereign individual and unalienable rights in favor of the collective “values” determined by the State.
Hillary uses Independence Day to celebrate the very things the signers of the Declaration of Independence rejected.
240 years after those men in Philadelphia signed the Declaration of Independence letting Britain know that their right to live as free cannot be usurped by Government, the presumptive Democrat nominee for President wishes to emulate, not those Liberty-loving men, but King George the Third.
That’s her idea of “Progress.”
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