My second freedom post deals with how the government keeps us safe. By infringing on our freedoms, of course. Because government officials feel they are more intelligent than the general population, and therefore better able to choose for us what will make us safe. There are millions of little ones, like making it illegal to put gasoline in certain colored containers. But I’ll focus on the ones that have affected me personally.
Now, Liberals just love the environment, right? Not to generalize or anything, but aren’t conservatives usually considered the ones who don’t care about the environment, while liberals are trying to save this world from human destruction? It’s not really relevant. Once, I had a car. A lovely, little 1996 Honda Civic. I loved it! Not just because it was a Honda, and despite being 13 years old gave us almost no trouble. I loved it because it got 40 mpg, or more, regularly. Can you imagine? We paid about $3,000 for it, and it never once got below 35 mpg. Part of the reason, I imagine, was because it was tiny; a nice, light hatchback. It had three seat-belts in the back-seat, but couldn’t fit three adults. Or three car seats.
A friend of mine once brought up an interesting question concerning the government. He said it seems like a lot of people spend a lot of time complaining about the government, but he wanted to know how we are actually affected. Don’t most of us just go about our daily lives without a whole lot of interference? How do government policies actually affect us?
This was on Facebook, and he got quite a few comments. What I found so interesting was that Conservatives did list quite a few laws that directly impact us. The Liberals responded with, “Yeah, but…” They all thought those intrusive, limiting laws were good because in some instances they protect people from making bad choices. It illustrates a pretty fundamental difference. Conservatives, such as myself, put a lot of stock in individual freedom. I think I should be free to make my own choices. If I make a dumb choice, I think I should live with the consequences and not force others to pay for my mistakes. I think I am smart enough to make better choices for myself in my situation than bureaucrats and elected officials who know nothing of my choices and circumstances.