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Viewpoint: Freedom or serfdom, which do you choose?

By RoxAnn Klugman, J.D., LL.M. (Masters of Tax Laws), Hudson

If you value freedom, you will value our Constitution as the founders wrote it. The Constitution defines the three branches of government thus creating our republic.

The powers of each branch are described/expressed in the Constitution. All powers not expressly given to one of the branches of the federal government are reserved to the states and the people. The Constitution limits the power of the federal government and places the government under the consent of the governed, we the people. The Constitution gives us a limited government so the individual can be free.

Where does our freedom come from? Thomas Jefferson described our freedom in the Declaration of Independence, telling King George of England that we are free people, that our freedoms don't come from the ling or the government, but come from our Creator and they are unalienable. These are his words, "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Since our freedom comes from our Creator, nature's God, and not from government, it can't be taken away by government.

To further guarantee our freedoms, the founders added the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments (freedom of speech, freedom to worship as one pleases, freedom of the press, etc.) to the Constitution.

Freedom is not found in countries that are ruled by dictators, kings, or centralized governments as in socialism or communism. People in these countries live by the whims of those in power. Like serfs, people do as they are told. There is no pursuit of happiness or living out your dreams in these countries. People living in these countries are generally not prospering and are frequently hungry or starving. North Korea and Venezuela come to mind.

For over 200 years our freedom has allowed us to be a happy, prosperous, and charitable people. However, our government has not remained limited in size, and as it grows larger, more demanding, and more self-serving, our freedoms are diminished. We have to decide if we want small limited government with more personal freedoms; or a big government telling us what to do, say, and think with little personal freedom.

We have to choose our path. I hope we value freedom and return to limited Constitutional government. The alternative path of big centralized government has never ended well. If you love freedom, prosperity, and eating well you should know your Constitution and demand that it be followed. The Constitution is the guardian of our freedom.