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Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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2 PARAGRAPHS 4 LIBERTY: #1 “LIBERTY

As everyone knows, the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country ends with the phrase “with Liberty and Justice for All.”  But what is Liberty?  I am a Libertarian, and it forms the root and basis for our political and even philosophical beliefs.  But it is not really discussed by most people.  So in an effort to focus more upon this most important concept, this series will be sent to you every week.  Only two paragraphs at a time, so obviously the presentation will not be in depth.  But I hope that it will spur you the reader to further thoughts about the concept and benefits of Liberty, and also spur you to forward the series on to your circle of friends for the same purpose.

Contrary to the feelings of many people, Liberty is not a “no holds barred, anything goes” philosophy – far from it.  Because Liberty also involves responsibility – at every level of society, including personal, group, corporate and governmental.  But it also means that all adults should be able to live their lives as they choose, as long as that does not wrongly interfere with the ability of others to do the same thing.  So please watch for this series each week, and use it to think about, employ and become an advocate for Liberty.

(Next week: “More on Liberty”)

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #2 “More on Liberty”

As discussed last week, the concept of liberty also includes responsibility.  Thus there are many people who, often subconsciously, shy away from liberty because it brings choices – and accountability for the choices they make – and that can be scary.  So those people prefer to rely upon the government to take care of them.  The problem is that this approach doesn’t work.

As proof, we should keep in mind two comments.  The first is attributed to Henry Ford, who said that anyone who thinks they can prosper by relying upon assistance from the government should talk to the American Indians.  The second came from Milton Friedman, who said that no modern society has ever raised itself out of poverty except through a system based upon free enterprise and private property rights.  Of course that doesn’t mean that we should not voluntarily provide a safety net for those people who are truly in need.  But, fundamentally, we are doing everyone a favor by promoting liberty, self-reliance and responsibility, instead of reliance upon “Mother Government.”  Why?  Because that is what works.

(Next week: “Repeal Crony Capitalism”)

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #3 “Repeal Crony Capitalism”

Among other things, Liberty means that government should not be favoring some businesses over others by choosing winners and losers in the marketplace.  Instead, those choices should be made by customers.  But in today’s system government is doing things like paying oil companies to drill for oil, farmers not to raise crops and energy companies to produce “green energy.”  Furthermore, it is also making business decisions like decreeing that corn shall be used exclusively for manufacturing ethanol as a gasoline additive.  Of course, in addition to costing the taxpayers a great deal of money, this action reduces competition and liberty in the marketplace, because non-favored businesses have problems competing with the government money being paid to their competitors.

But these results are not surprising because, to a large degree, government is about money: from whom to take it, and to whom to give it.  The governments run by both the Democrats and Republicans are heavily involved in this.  The only difference is that they often favor different “pet projects” and businesses.  But Liberty says no to all of this crony capitalism (Corporate Welfare)interference.  If there are viable markets for these products, private businesses will supply them without government involvement.  So repealing crony capitalism and re-instilling liberty will go a long way to increasing competition and creativity, thus lowering prices, reducing government spending and promoting much more fairness for everyone concerned.

(Next week: Repeal Social Engineering Subsidies)

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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