by Steve Lancaster 12/22/13
The Individual: Without individual liberty there can be no free society. “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” – William Butler Yeats. How can anarchy ever be mere?
We cannot sensibly define adulthood by just age. Some people are adults much later in life than others; some never become adults; some are adults early in their teens.
Any person who is capable and prepared to care for himself or herself, support himself or herself, does not ask for charity is an adult regardless of age.
Yes, this means that teenagers can marry, have children, make contracts, suffer the consequences of bad decisions and enjoy the success of good decisions. It is not a crime to be successful and young. Henry II was king of England at 21. Additionally, parents have a right and social responsibility to kick loafer children out of the house and not allow them back.
Our right to own and control our property is essential to a free society. Government is established to allow individuals to have the maximum use of their property. A society is free to the extent that property use is controlled by the owner. The more government intrudes on property rights the more it becomes oppressive and tyrannical.
· Individual Sovereignty:
Every adult is sovereign in their own person. Intrusion by government in personal lives is offensive and a gross violation of Natural Law. We surrender minute parts of our personal sovereignty to create government to better order society and for collective defense. It must be recognized by all that the free society is based on the surrender of liberty in small increments by the citizens and when government becomes intrusive in our liberty it is our duty to change that government; violence is a last resort, but has almost always been the road to liberty. Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots”
In a free society, adults have the inalienable right to be private in all actions of their life. It is an adult’s choice to make known what, if any, information is disclosed, including financial and sexual relationships and to whom that information is given. The government and officious individuals and business have no right to inquire into private lives of any person.
Actions that injure or may obviously cause injury to others are by definition no longer private.
Marriage is a social positive when the care and welfare of children is the most important motivation for the marriage, accordingly, marriage between any congregation of adults who can provide the necessary love and support for children is proper. If the children are suitably loved and cared for then the marriage is socially sanctioned regardless of sex or number of partners. A polygamous, polyandrous or homosexual individual(s) or for that matter a polygamous/polyandrous homosexual family may provide more stability for the raising and protection of children than the standard monogamist family. Marriage is not a legitimate government concern. It is a civil and religious oath. It is not the function of the federal government to order or determine who can be married and who cannot.
Can we honestly say that standard monogamist government ordained families have done all that well, especially in the 20th century?
If it fits your personal goals and needs for love and friendship then enjoy it, but the extraordinary purpose that we have two sexes is the special bonding that is possible between man and woman. That is not to say same sex relationships cannot achieve this type of bonding, but it is much more difficult to achieve and maintain. The high levels of promiscuity among homosexuals, male and female, are substantiation of the search for significant relationships without success.
The most certain capital judgment is a lack of intelligence. There is no social stigma, however, people with low intelligence are condemned by nature to die more often and younger from circumstances beyond their control. The second most certain capital offence is the failure to use intelligence.
Abortion is infanticide; there is no honorable or ethical difference between Spartans exposing unwanted children to the elements and aborting a female child in hope of having a boy, or a Down’s syndrome child because it is inconvenient, however, the issue of caring for living children has some narrow moral primacy. That does not make it better, but most moral decisions are between bad and worse. The moral high ground is reserved for dead saints most of whom never had children.
Limiting pornography is like damming water. It can be stopped for a while but keeps coming out because it seeks its own level. Best alternative: for parents to control what comes into the home; then the kids can find ways to defeat parental control. Do not ask the government to make laws, either enjoy it or do not. It is an individual choice, that tiresome adult issue again.
Like all other forms of speech, silence by turning it off will render it flaccid. If you do not like it, or choose to not tolerate it walk away.
It is a business that involves a personal relationship between consenting adults. In the simplest form it is a contract for services; as such it is not the concern of the government what the services are. The contract is much like a short-term marriage contract with the services specified and money given. As long as the parties are willing and able to make a contract then no law is broken.
A free market in prostitution will eliminate the loathsome pimps that prey on men and woman who choose this business. In the long run this is an issue of privacy and property, because if we do not have ownership of our own bodies then we cannot own anything.
Every primitive and advanced society in history has drugs of some kind; some attempt to control access more than others. The unhappy commentary is that control continually fails. As long as there is a market then drugs will be available.
Sooner or later some busybody will propose a prohibition on some drug, alcohol or tobacco, this will generally fail due to lack of conviction on the part of those chosen to enforce the law, and the similar lack of conviction on the part of the people. This Kabuki Theater of law, lawbreakers and corruption will continue until it fails of its own weight.
Parents have an obligation to keep drugs away from their children; however, adults have a right to poison their body in any method they choose. The caveat is that society has no obligation to offer support of any kind to drug users, except perhaps a quick funeral.
· Health Care:
Health care is not a right, nor is it a responsibility placed on government or employers to provide. Individuals must seek health care on the free market, without interference or control by the federal government, state (not federal) control and regulation of license of medical doctors is proper, and public disclosure of incompetent doctors will cure abuse of the system. The cost of health care will fall with and in direct proportion to the openness of the market.
An armed citizenry is more polite and law abiding. It is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to be armed not only for personal defense but to defend family and community against the government when it becomes tyrannical; there are no limits to the weaponry one can own from a pocketknife to nuclear weapon.
The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of a 90 lb woman or octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable. • (1086 views)