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Campus Liberty Alliance - November 2010

Teaching the Principles of Liberty
by Sam Antonio, CLA National Coordinator

When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn.

— Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry

French political economist Frederic Bastiat stated in his influential work The Law, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”

In this heated election season it is very easy to get caught up in the partisan label debate: Republican vs. Democrat, conservative vs. liberal, left vs. right. Those are phony fronts instituted by the Insiders. The classic debate comes down to the free individual vs. the state. It is not what you can do for your country, but rather what your country is doing to you!

If we are going to restore our constitutional Republic we must teach the principles of liberty. No, this is not another Obama “teachable moment”!

Bastiat addressed the fact that rights existed before the creation of government (laws) and that the institution of government (laws) was created to protect, not create, these rights.

As free individuals we have inherited the God-given rights of life (right to live), liberty (right to act in accordance with God’s ethics), and property (right to keep what you make or exchange it freely for things others make).

It’s been often said that your rights end where the rights of another begin. The Insiders have done a marvelous job in convincing the American electorate otherwise. We hear it from the cloisters of academia to the beltway of Washington, D.C., that people have the right to housing, education, and healthcare. All those aforementioned are things that are produced by man and therefore are not God-given. They have to be voluntarily given or traded for something else. To take them by force is theft or what Bastiat would call legal plunder.

I detest the “isms” of communism, socialism, progressivism, fascism, neoconservatism, etc. (I do like my metabolism) because they seek to deprive man of his God-given rights and subjugate him to the dictates of the state.

Our Founding Fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution to protect our liberties, and Robert Welch organized the finest body of men and women into The John Birch Society for free individuals to protect our constitutional Republic through education and action.

We are fortunate that as Americans we have a written Constitution that embodies the principles of liberty — a Constitution that binds the government, not free individuals. We only have to look toward other countries where a drastic change in government would be needed in order to establish the principles of liberty. We are fortunate that we have an organization like the Society where we educate our fellow citizens on the Constitution, and where we are proactive in keeping eternal vigilance over elected officials to have them abide by the Constitution.

If we are to win, we must teach the principles of liberty. Through Campus Liberty Alliance we now have the means to do so on America’s campuses. If we are to lose, will we have time to learn?

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