About two years ago I was a guest attending a veterans committee meeting at my local association of Realtors. The discussion revolved around events that would recognize the the men and women that had given service to our country. In many organizations veterans and military personnel are recognized for their willingness to be a part of the force that is ready at anytime to rise and defend the causes of freedom that are unique to the United States.
It is on these two extremes that a free market economy and freedom in general are able to exist. They cannot be abrogated on either end without encroaching on freedom and taking rights from some part of society. The Declaration of Independence explains that Life, liberty and Pursuit of Happiness are those basic rights along with many others. When an individual or a government infringes on those rights then if the people wish to preserve them, they must take action to do so.
Certain principles must be followed and the knowledge as to how freedom is gained and lost must be studied. When we as a society stop living by those principles and remain ignorant of them, our freedoms can be taken a degree at a time as we slide towards the likeness of a monarchy. The two current political parties do in fact rule as oligarchies entrenched in a seemingly endless battle for political power.
Each of us needs to ask and answer these questions to the best of our ability and study history, philosophy and especially what the founders of the greatest freedom mankind has ever known have written about it. While success may be our goal it is impossible to reach without freedom.
The history of the last two plus centuries show that no foreign powers have invaded our shores with guns and armies yet our freedoms and property are readily confiscated through laws, regulations and taxation by our own representatives and the misuse of their powers.