Rightful Liberty

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

Thomas Jefferson


2 comments on “Rightful Liberty

  1. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, I’m guessing that good old Thomas would not like what’s happening today. It seems that this country has moved away from laws and is under control of government regulations which apparently don’t have to follow the law. The constitution is a small document of 4,543 words drafted to rule the country. Today government regulations would fill a library and are strangling the country in every aspect of living. What ever happened to the sign “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”. I remember seeing it in many business windows when I was young. We have become a government bully state. Is there any hope for the future? Thank goodness there are folks around like yourself that think so. It seems as though there is a grass roots movement that’s beginning to push back. Where it will lead only the future will tell. it is an amazing thing to watch how things are being shaken down to the core of the country. Some commentators would say that we are a country divided and compare it to the civil war. I’m not sure what to make of that comparison but we are indeed a country divided.

    So, the weather’s nice again today and I’m heading outside to work in the garden where life is much more peaceful and nature regulates what happens. Have a great Virginia day.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer
    Omaha, Nebraska


    • Bill says:

      I’m not sure about that Dave. I think Mr. Jefferson would be quite pleased with how their backwater rebellion has turned out, once he got over the disconcerting shock at all the radical changes over the past couple hundred years. It seems to me there’s always been a tug and pull going on with respect to government’s restraints on liberty. These days it is loosening in some ways and tightening in others. So it’s as important as always to stay mindful of what’s at stake and what our American project is ultimately all about. In the meantime, the best way to preserve liberty is to exercise it.

      It’s been in the 20’s here the last two nights. Not good for all the fruit trees that had budded and bloomed already. Warm weather returns tomorrow. Hopefully the fruit trees and blueberries will be alright.

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