These Are Not Negotiable
By Chuck Baldwin
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Prudence,
indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn,
that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than
to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance
of these Colonies."
I would argue that we, like our patriot forebears, have also endured
"patient sufferance." For at least a half-century, we have patiently endured
the erosion and abridgment of our freedoms and liberties.
We have watched
the federal government become an overbearing and meddlesome Nanny State that
pokes its nose and sticks its fingers in virtually everything we do. We
cannot drive a car, buy a gun, or even flush a toilet without Big Brother's
permission. We are taxed, regulated, and snooped-on from the time we are
born to the day we die. And then after we are dead, we are taxed again.
In the same way that Jefferson and Company patiently suffered up until that
shot was fired that was heard around the world, we who love freedom today
are likewise patiently suffering "a long train of abuses and usurpations."
In fact, I would even dare say that these States United have become a
boiling caldron of justifiable frustration and even anger.
Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to very seriously and thoughtfully
examine those principles that we absolutely will never cede or surrender. We
have already surrendered much of the freedom that was bequeathed to us by
our forefathers. We are now to the point that we must define those
principles that form our "line in the sand" and that we will not surrender
under any circumstance. Either that, or we must admit to ourselves that
there is nothing--no principle, no freedom, no matter how sacred--that we
will not surrender to Big Government.
Here, then, are those principles that, to me, must never be surrendered. To
surrender these liberties to Big Government would mean to commit idolatry.
It would be sacrilege. It would reduce us to slavery. It would destroy our
humanity. To surrender these freedoms would mean "absolute Despotism" and
would provide moral justification to the proposition that such tyranny be
*The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Men without guns are not free men; they are slaves. Men without guns are not
citizens; they are subjects. Men without guns have lost the right of
self-defense. They have lost the power to defend their families and protect
their properties. Men without guns are reduced to the animal kingdom,
becoming prey to the Machiavellians among them who would kill them for sport
or for their own personal pursuits. As King Jesus plainly ordered, "He that
hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." (Luke 22:36) This we
will do--at all costs.
*The Right to Own Private Property
Like the right of self-defense, the private ownership of property is a
God-given right that is rooted in the Sacred Text. As God told Moses, "Thou
shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set
in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy
God giveth thee to possess it." (Deut. 19:14)
In fact, the history of Western Civilization is replete with the examples of
free men who were determined (even at the cost of their very lives) to
defend the right to own property. Without private property rights, men are
reduced to serfs and servants. Like chattel, they feed themselves by
another's leave. This we will not do.
*The Right to Train and Educate Our Children
Education has never been the responsibility of the State. From time
immemorial, education has been the right and responsibility of the family.
This, too, has its foundation in the Sacred Volume. "And, ye fathers,
provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)
Therefore, the absolute right of homeshooling or private/parochial/Christian
schooling must never be surrendered. Homeschooling, especially, is
fundamental to freedom. It is not a coincidence that throughout history,
most totalitarian governments forbade parents homeschooling their children.
Any government--federal, State, or local--that forbids, or even restricts,
the right of parents to homeschool their children has taken upon itself the
uniform of a tyrant.
*The Freedom of Speech and Worship
Speech and worship are matters of the heart and conscience (Luke 6:45; John
4:24). Only tyrants seek authority over matters of the heart. But, of
course, that is what tyrants do: they seek to control men's thoughts and
Hence, the alternative media is essential to liberty: the Internet, short
wave radio, as well as independent magazines and periodicals. It is almost
superfluous to say that there is no such thing as a free and independent
press among the mainstream news media today. In fact, the major media more
resembles a propaganda machine than it does a free press.
The same can be said for most of the mainstream churches in America today.
They more resemble havens for politically correct, Big-Government ideology
than they do bastions of Bible truth. Therefore, home-churches and
non-establishment churches are increasingly requisite to a free people.
*The Right to Determine One's Own Healthcare
The marriage of Big Government and Big Medicine has created a healthcare
monster. Already, the dispensing of medical treatment is micromanaged by Big
Brother in a way that has resulted in skyrocketing costs and inferior care
(and in some cases, even death). President Obama's universal health care
initiatives that are sure to come (in one form or another) will only
exacerbate an already untenable situation.
Free men and women absolutely have the right to refuse vaccinations for
themselves and their children. Forced vaccinations (of any kind) are an
assault against the very foundation of freedom. Free men have the right to
choose their own physicians, their own hospitals, their own insurance
programs, etc. They also have the right to refuse any and all of the above.
God is Creator. He is also Healer (Exodus 15:26). Therefore, how men choose
to seek God's healing is a private matter between them and God. Alternative
medicine is a right. Already, our military personnel are used as human
guinea pigs to test a variety of drugs and chemicals. Public schools also
require forced vaccinations. And now the push is on to force the general
population to take the Swine Flu vaccine. At the current pace, it won't be
long until all alternative medicines and treatments will be illegal and the
federal government will be America's doctor. This is not acceptable.
*The Right to Life
2000 years of Western Civilization have perpetually reconfirmed that life is
a gift of God. Both Biblical and American history repeatedly honor God as
the Source and Sustainer of man's existence. Therefore, evils such as
abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia must be vehemently resisted. It is bad
enough that any government (especially one such as ours) would legalize
abortion, but the concept of FORCED abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia
could only be regarded as a despotic attack on life and liberty of the
gravest proportion. In fact, under Natural Law, such an attack would remove
said government from the protection of Heaven and would place it in a state
*The Right to Live as a Free and Independent People
God separated the Nations (Genesis 11). Therefore, it is absolutely
necessary that we Americans maintain our independence and national
sovereignty. We simply cannot (and will not) allow ourselves to become part
of any hemispheric or global union.
There they are: seven freedom-principles that are not negotiable. As
Jefferson said, we are "disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable." But
cross these lines and free men must do what free men must do: "throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
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