How should we define Freedom? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines freedom as: The quality or state of being free: as a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another. Wikipedia defines freedom as: The absence of interference with the sovereignty of an individual by the use of coercion or aggression.
Both of these definitions are in line with the principals guaranteed every United States Citizen. But can freedom within a complex society ever be guaranteed? Can the spirit of the law ever be made to comply with the letter of the law?
The Constitution of the United States not only guarantee’s citizens certain rights but those rights are clearly defined. As the United States ages and becomes more complex more and more of those “freedoms” are lost or limited by government.
Take for example the 4th Amendment regarding search and seizure. The amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon reasonable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.”
That amendment is no longer in tact. Society has, in its zeal to control crime, abdicated its right to this protection granted under the constitution of the United States. Countless searches are conducted every day by police which have no warrants and no reasonable cause.
In many states the highway patrol will stop and search motor homes simply because they feel that those vehicles could be used to transport drugs or large sums of money. No longer do they need reasonable cause supported by oath or affirmation. They no longer even bother to request a warrant.
City code enforcement officers often enter private property and inspect for property code violations. They claim that no warrant is needed.
Those right that have not been completely taken away are being regulated away. Even those rights that used to be considered inalienable are being regulated away. Basic human rights that should be available to every one are now only available to those that can afford them.
Lost your job and want to sell things from your driveway? First you have to get a permit from the city. And remember only two weekend sales allowed per year.
Want to build a new home on your property? First you have to meet all their regulations and get permission from the city.
How bad is it? Well let’s put it this way; even your dog is no longer allowed to defecate in your own yard unless you pick it up and dispose of the fecal material according to the rules and regulations of the city. Isn’t it grand to live in the United States of America!
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