I have gone through several examples of how the government limits our freedoms, infringes on our choices, forces us to act in a certain way, for apparently no reason at all. But, there has to be a reason, right? So, what is the reason? Why can’t I decide what is or isn’t safe for my children? Why can’t I choose whether or not to wear a seatbelt? Why can’t I decide when and how to invest money I work for? Why can’t a group of people just live their lives, choosing what to do and how to interact, with the government only there to resolve disputes and protect the country from external threats?
How about all the regulations.
If I were intelligent enough to choose for myself where to eat or shop, or where to obtain services, well, we wouldn’t need thousands of licensing agents and hundreds of bureaus giving out business licenses and health inspections and safety inspections and housing inspections. I could decide for myself if I wanted to buy lemonade from a four year old, or I could decide the health risks were too great and opt for a lemonade from home. Instead the government says that a 4-year-old-girl needs a $400 license and a health inspection to sell lemonade in her front yard. Why? Because you are too stupid to choose for yourself who to do business with and under what circumstances.
These freedom posts are pretty much the crux of why I am so adamant about conservative principles. Today’s post is on one of our most valuable, limited resources; time. Time is limited, you can’t get more or stretch it. All you can do is decide what you want to do with your time, how you want to use it. A lot of people trade their time for something they value; money. We spend the first two or three decades preparing, studying, learning, developing. Then we trade at least forty hours a week for the next several decades working for money. This money enhances the rest of our time. How much we have determines how we are able to spend time with our families, what we are able to purchase to make our lives away from work more comfortable and enjoyable. Money we obtain is essentially time from our lives, time we have chosen to spend working in order to improve our own and our families lives. Read the rest of this entry
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.