Chapter 3

Common Sense for America, by Don Hunt

Section I

CHAPTER 3   LIMITS OF PERSONAL FREEDOM

“Freedom is an Individual Right as Long as the Person does not Infringe on the Rights of Another, or the Laws of the Majority.”

Freedom is earned, individually and collectively by a nation. It is lost the same way. You cannot buy freedom! You and I must make the hard and tough decision to choose it, and then be willing to fight to maintain it. Freedom is a guaranteed right for a citizen of the United states only as long as he or she is willing to defend that freedom with their time, talent, treasures and maybe even their lives.

The citizens of any nation who abandon themselves to pleasure seeking and comfort have already lost their freedom, and do not have the presence of mind to know it. the protection of freedom is a choice that individuals must make every day of their lives in order to stay free! every individual who enters the United states of America must understand that their rights to do, say, and be, exist only as long they do not infringe on the rights of another person.

The laws of the majority must rule in the geographical area where the laws are to be exercised. this means to have true freedom, each individual must expose him or herself to the facts, make a decision, and vote accordingly. to do any less means we place so little value on our freedoms that we’re willing to lose them. Freedom requires self-discipline by those who would enjoy the rights of freedom. When a population’s self-discipline becomes lax, and the rights of others are infringed upon; when punishment is not swift and proportionate to the offense, then freedom’s rights fade under the weight of tyranny. There are always leaders who want total control and will take it.

Please listen carefully: the right of freedom is only a right for a law-abiding citizen. A person’s rights cease when they’ve been found guilty of an offense against a law of the majority rule. We must never forget rights carry responsibilities. people in jail should not have the same rights as law-abiding citizens!

Many of our prisons are jungles today. The guards risk their lives every day they go to work. Gangs rule many prisons on the inside. Why? Is it possible the rights we have given criminals minimize the punishment that would put the fear of God in them? If so, then it’s time to add stern discipline to those rights! I strongly suggest we focus more on the pain the victim has endured and be less sympathetic to the criminal who planned the crime.

This is one area where America has lost its way. Somehow we have come to believe every person, whether law-abiding or criminal, has equal rights. This belief is one source of our problems! In our country a person isn’t guilty until proven so in a court of law. This is the way it has to be. However, once proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, they should have absolutely no rights until their punishment has been paid in full to the American people. If they break the law while in prison, their punishment must be swift and so physically severe that they, or others, will avoid it at all costs in the future.

Lest you feel the above statement is too bold, we’ll cover it in more detail during the chapter on American Justice. It’s important to remember the only reason an individual will not rest his hand on a hot stove is because he knows in advance the burn will cause him much pain. You could not find one person out of a thousand who would deliberately do it. Yet every day we have individuals who steal, rob and kill, without fear of legal consequences.

Why do you feel this situation continues to exist? Why should law abiding citizens be hurt or killed? Is it possible our current system of correction is so slow, and the punishment so weak that criminals are not deterred because the rewards of crime are greater? I am not speaking literally, but the threat of a hand on a hot stove would change the thinking of many “soon to be” criminals. Freedom demands a price from all of us! Do we have the backbone and fortitude to demand it?

America has a choice.  We can continue down the path we are walking now, or each of us can start thinking, talking, even praying about the steps we can take to rebirth our nation.” The time has come to stand up and be counted! Regardless of whether you consider yourself a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Conservative or Liberal, we have a choice to make! Our choice must be based on solid principles of rights for all, backed up by swift justice. To follow those who would destroy our great country would be foolish. The choice is ours… yours and mine! This choice will impact our future.

Freedom principle #3

“Freedom is an Individual Right as Long as the Person does not Infringe on the Rights of Another, or the Laws of the Majority.”

QUESTION

How is a nation blessed?

ANSWER

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Psalm 33:2 .

“By the blessings of the upright the city is exalted: But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”
Proverbs 11:11