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Liberty:  The American versus the Marxist and Islamic Interpretations.

The "Liberty" in our Declaration is opposed to the pure social-sameness of Socialism and the absolute domination of Islam.

Vic Biorseth, Sunday, June 26, 2016
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"... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ..." --Declaration of Independence (Emphasis Added)

Here, the authors of the American Declaration of Independence established four, unalienable, God-given, Natural Law human rights, as a purpose-for-being and the very foundation stone of an entirely new form of government.  

"... — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ..." --Declaration of Independence

What did the authors mean by "Liberty"? 

What they meant was the Christian understanding of Freedom, relying on Scripture:

Every one should remain in the state in which he was called.
Were you a slave when called? Never mind. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.
For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.
You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. --1 Cor 7:20-23

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Now I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.
I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is bound to keep the whole law.
You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.
You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine; and he who is troubling you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
But if I, brethren, still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the cross has been removed.
I wish those who unsettle you would mutilate themselves!
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.
But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,
envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. --Gal 5

Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God. --1 Pet 2:16

But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed, reviling in matters of which they are ignorant, will be destroyed in the same destruction with them,
suffering wrong for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their dissipation, carousing with you.
They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
Forsaking the right way they have gone astray; they have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Be'or, who loved gain from wrongdoing,
but was rebuked for his own transgression; a dumb ass spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.
These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm; for them the nether gloom of darkness has been reserved.
For, uttering loud boasts of folly, they entice with licentious passions of the flesh men who have barely escaped from those who live in error.
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved.
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
It has happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed only to wallow in the mire. --2 Pet 2:12-22

In the Christian understanding, Freedom (Liberty) involves being freed of the "Old Law", i.e., circumcision, Kosher laws, ritual cleansing, Sabbaths and New Moons.  In initiation into the Christian community, the rite of Circumcision was replaced by Baptism, both for newborns and for new converts of any age. 

But more important than that, to the new nation of America, was the Christian notion of freedom from sin, which is always, always, enslaving.  To be free was to be liberated from sin; to be a slave to Christ was to cooperate with the Grace given to achieve self-mastery.  The habitual practice of the virtuous life and the avoidance of vice is the centerpiece of Civilized Morality

But how did all this translate into a right in civil law?  What does Liberty mean in relationship to government? 

American citizen liberty means a man is free to move about without restriction, to take up residence wherever he chooses, to educate himself in whatever interests him, to apply himself in whatever enterprise or work he chooses, so long as he chooses to do it. 

Self-governing, in other words.  Before a nation can truly be a self-governing nation with no need of any human sovereign, the individual citizens must predominantly be self-governing individuals.  That means they must be virtuous, or "good" citizens, who will willingly live within the law, with little need for police.  

Good Christians happily obey the law, so long as it is moral law

The less virtuous a people are, in the Judaeo-Christian sense of that word, the more in need of government and police they must be.  Only a virtuous people may be self governing, just as only the virtuous individual citizen may be most properly self-governing, and a blessing rather than a curse to his neighbors.  

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  -–John Adams.

“It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation of ours was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians … not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” -–Patrick Henry.

”The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections." --Alexis de Tocqueville

American Liberty absolutely depends upon Christian Morality.

America was Constituted to be a nation in which,

  1. The Constitution itself is the only sovereign ruler.
  2. The temporary elected government is representative of the people.
  3. The people are highly moral.
  4. Legislated law therefore will always be highly moral law. 

And that worked fine for our first hundred years or so; not so much today.  When the people elect immoral men, they may expect the legislation of immoral law.  What is worse, when judges and justices are or become immoral, including especially Supreme Court Justices, immoral law may be "legislated" from the bench, as has been done, over and over again.  Unconstitutional, of course, in every instance.  But unresisted and left to stand by the other two supposedly co-equal branches of government, as if they could do nothing about it. 

Proving, again and again, that our highest elected government officials in the federal government are, in their majority, either evil, or stupid. 

If you go back and study the advance of any particular immorality that has become standardized and acculturated into American society you will see that it came from the top down, not the bottom up.  It was first made legal, unconstitutionally.  Then it was transformed into a legal right, again, unconstitutionally.  Making something legal recruits more and more participants.  If it's legal, it can't be bad

Note well that American Liberty depends upon Christian Morality.  No other form of morality will do.  The nation is designed around it, by men who lived it.  No other religion contains the same Commandments, the same Virtues, the same prohibitions, the same Natural Law. 

To voluntarily and willingly live within moral law is to be a moral person.  Non-Christians of any variety have always been welcome in America, so long as they can abide by the Constitution as written.  If they cannot or will not do that, then they can never hope to assimilate into the American culture.  They will tend, rather, to try to modify the whole American culture to "assimilate" itself to their alien or immoral ways of thinking. 

And that is what is happening, because we are allowing it. 

We the People are being modified for the worse. 

Marxist Liberty.

This American concept stands opposed to the Marxist interpretation of Liberty, which is, in a nutshell:

Citizens are at liberty only to productively contribute to the well being of the collective.  As elements of the nature of man are perfected through socialization, the individual needs are increasingly satisfied by the state, and the citizen is more and more voluntarily immersed in resolving the common goals and needs of the whole society. 

The problem with that is, of course, that the deeper any Socialist society sinks into Communism, the less "voluntary" cooperation there is.  And, of course, as has been proven over and over and over again, top-down, state-driven economies always fail.  Communism is, always was and always will be quite impossible. 

Trying to force-fit it and make it work produced the infamous Gulags of the Soviet Union, the Death Camps of Germany, and unrelenting horrors on whole populations all over the world. 

Marxism opposes religion in general and Christianity in particular.  Therefor, all Marxist governments, from the mildest Social-Democracies to the most rabidly Communist dictatorships, tend to grow vicious rather than virtuous populations over time.  People incapable of self-governing, and in need of heavy handed government and a strong police force. 

The need to keep unruly people in line in Marxist lands has even involved state-sponsored terror campaigns, against their own people.  Some of these even involved territorial mass exterminations, through mass starvation, deprivation and murder, as was done in the Ukraine. 

Islamic Liberty.

The American concept also stands opposed to the Islamic interpretation of Liberty, which is, in a nutshell:

Citizens are at liberty only to convert to Islam and live strictly within Islamic law, or, to be absolutely submissive to Islamic law and pay a special tax, which may amount to all that they own, or even to more than they possess.  The penalty for not converting or submitting is death.  Once converted or submitted, citizens are at liberty in their behavior only in so far as Islamic law permits. 

Islamic law, or Sharia law, in most instances is too brutal, cruel and unjust for the typical Western mind to even conceive.  Most, upon learning about it, don't believe it. 

Islamic law stands absolutely and totally opposed to every element of the American Constitution.  It opposes not only Freedom of Religion, but every single right guaranteed in the whole Bill Of Rights, and all the rest of the Constitution. 

In point of fact, Islam denies all law other than Islamic law.  Islam is a strict theocracy.  It is both religion and government.  Islam will tolerate no other religion, no other government and no other form of law. 

If you don't believe it, read the Koran. 

Multiculturalism, anybody? 



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