Thursday, July 02, 2009

A Conservative's Goal

Just another quick word (Lesson #36) for thought tonight: A saying I once thought of years ago in a conversation I was having with my old use-to-be buddy Rich Bellon, and the now deceased Bob Hogue; "I have nothing to hide, but everything to protect," came to me as I was searching my heart and mind for a concept describing why a patriotic citizen should NOT easily consent to a "voluntary" search when stopped by a cop.

The concept of private property must be defended vigorously by all who come face to face with government aggression, if for no other reason but to pay respect for all those who came before us. Why? Times change – yes, but human nature is a constant. And it is the nature of Man to be king, and thus, the nature of government to take all the slack “it” is given.

Prevalent slack becomes the next generation's law.

Laws change, government grows, and powers will evolve as the mindset and hearts of the citizens change. But the people must be diligent at protecting certain basic rights, keeping the Throne behind a hard and fast line the must not be crossed. It is easy for a soft and mature society to get complacent, but again, government has no choice but to move in a manner allowed. The most important “check and balance” against unchecked encroachment is the line we the people decide cannot be crossed. Unchecked, government shall grow and continue overreaching, as history teaches us. Bidding defiance to the Crown at every opportunity must be a rule for continued liberty:

"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter; the rain may enter – but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement." --William Pitt, 1763

If you are not prepared to protect private property rights when government confronts you, then when? I have nothing to hide, but everything to protect. A statist is willing to give up a little privacy for a little protection; a conservative is prepared to face a little danger in exchange for privacy in his piece of the republic.

He who gives up a little freedom for a little safety deserves neither.”-- (usually attributed to Ben Franklin)

Be ever vigilant.

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