Have you ever noticed how the terms freedom and liberty get thrown around a lot, especially when it comes to discussions of the U.S. constitution or members or the armed forces. Phrases like, “The constitution secures our liberty” or “our soldiers are defending our freedoms,” can often be read or heard. So, the question is, what exactly is “our liberty?” What are “our freedoms?”

Is it free speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms and all the specific things listed out in the bill of rights? Or are all those “rights” just symptoms of freedom? What if they are just examples of the types of experiences truly free people should be able to have? The constitution pretty explicitly says that “the people” have rights that may not be explicitly listed in the constitution or bill of rights…

There is no question that the U.S. declaration of independence, constitution and bill of rights, are unique, first of their kind documents, created by a group of very enlightened framers. Having said that, I can’t help but notice that so many people seem to have completely missed the very spirit of what these genius framers were trying to do.

People seem to think that it’s the constitution that makes them free. They think that the U.S. government is some sort of holy and divine entity that makes Americans the freest people on earth. As if freedom and liberty are some kind of gift to be handed out to the most deserving.

Guess what? The government is not an entity unto itself – it’s a collection of human beings, including the collection of human beings who wrote and ratified the constitution. To say that a collection of human beings has the power to grant freedom and liberty to other human beings sounds suspiciously like, well, slavery…

Guess what else? You were born a free human being – freedom and liberty are your divine natural state. No human being, including any government or document written by any government, has the moral or ethical right to infringe upon your natural, divine free nature.

The constitution was not written to grant you freedom. It was not written to list out your liberties. It was written as an attempt to restrict the collection of human beings we call government from encroaching on the natural rights of all human beings to be free. The purpose of the constitution was to keep government in a very small box – and therein lies its genius! Freedom and liberty are not genius concepts, they are self-evident.

The genius is in recognizing that government ALWAYS expands its power through the forceful limitation of the divine human spirit of freedom. The genius idea was to try to use the laws of men to keep the government monster in its cage. Of course, we now know that though genius the constitution may have been, it failed miserably. The monster has clearly escaped its cage – and has reproduced exponentially – recruiting countless blind and ignorant humans to its ranks along the way…

So why is this distinction important? It is critically important because it is only when we can view the world through the clear lens of a divine, free human being, that we can recognize things for what they truly are. When we see government as the grantor and defender of our liberty, then we can more easily justify its actions as necessary or even as “right.”

If we perceive the government, through the constitution, is the grantor and defender of our freedoms, then perhaps we owe it some allegiance. When it says that it needs 10% or 25% or 50% of our money, we may say, “well, I guess that’s the price we have to pay for our freedoms.” When it spends that money to kill and maim millions of people under the auspices of “defending our freedom,” we may give it the benefit of the doubt, look the other way – or even buy in to the delusion of the moral high ground.

When we come to understand that we are already naturally free with or without it and that “it” is actually “them,” we can then perceive the reality that a collection of human beings is simply stealing from us (by force) for its own designs. We can only defend against a thief when we perceive the thief’s actions (or potential actions) as theft – as something fundamentally unethical, immoral, harmful and wrong…

When this shift in thinking occurs, we finally begin to structure our lives from a different standpoint. We reorganize our values and find that something we once took for granted, something like privacy, particularly financial privacy, has become of paramount importance.

It’s important, not because we have anything to hide or we are somehow criminal or unpatriotic (whatever that actually means…), but because we recognize the uncaged monster on the loose. We finally understand that our highest duty as a divine, free, human being is to defend against the monster, even to resist it with all our might. We don’t “owe” our allegiance to any one, let alone any government.

The framers of the U.S. constitution would roll over in their graves if they could hear the scores of American school children “pledging” their allegiance to any nation-state, especially the United States of America – because what the framers intended was that the government of the United States of America would pledge its allegiance to the American people, not the other way around.

We are the ultimate defenders and protectors of our own divine freedom and liberty. No other human being can morally grant it. No other human being can morally defend it – unless we first defend it in our own mind, body and soul. Recognizing and living by this simple, self-evident, albeit admittedly dangerous, truth is to truly embrace the ideals and spirit of the U.S. declaration of independence, constitution and bill of rights – regardless of what nation-state issues your passport…

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A Dad, a Grandpa, an entrepreneur, a veteran, an adventurer and a consummate lover of life and liberty. My mission is to help you experience more financial security, confidence, safety, privacy and peace of mind.
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