Inspired by a bumper sticker that said “no one is free if anyone is oppressed”
What is the role of Government? If you think government is meant to protect the freedom of others, you need to realize that the only way to protect the freedoms of others is to deny the freedoms of others. Allow me to explain: If I am free to shoot someone I want whenever I want, then I am denying the person I’m shooting the freedom of life. To protect the freedom of life for the individual who I want to shoot, my freedom to shoot who ever I want is denied. All governments at their core deny freedom. The question is which freedoms override other freedoms. In my shooting example, it is obvious; my freedom to shoot anyone should and is denied to ensure the freedom of others. Complete freedom for all would be complete chaos. This “whose and what freedom should be denied,” is more or less at the core of most issues.
Should illegal immigrants be denied the freedom to come into America just because they didn’t go through the rigorous immigration process? By the phrasing of the question it seems that this freedom shouldn’t be denied. Should law abiding citizens be forced to pay income taxes and contribute to the system while illegal immigrants don’t pay income taxes and receive all the benefits of tax payer dollars? Maybe illegals don’t receive all the benefits but most benefits we take for granted and don’t realize they are benefits like roads, schools, hospitals, police, and no fear being invaded by outside countries. Whose and what freedom is more important? And so the debate begins.
The whole point of this is to point out what appears to be a not so obvious fact. Governments deny freedom in an effort to protect freedom. A freedom being denied gives way to more important freedoms being protected. The tricky parts is how far is too far. I think we would all agree that N. Korea goes too far in denying its people freedoms. I think we would all agree that if America suddenly said no more laws will be enforced, then massive death and chaos would ensue. Again which freedoms should override other’s freedom and be protected by the government? Well, that’s all debatable. Just know that some freedoms are, will be, and should be denied. So, all this “freedom this and freedom that,” combined with “government this and government that,” is all an oxymoron. Government and (true freedom) absolutely do not mix.