Guest Commentary by Brian Golden
Liberty is lost when it’s seized by government or freely relinquished in response to false pretenses and misleading promises.
Liberty isn’t lost all at once; it’s lost bit by bit. One freedom after another is targeted and taken. Different groups of people are intentionally pitted against each other in order to weaken society, making it easier to diminish liberty. This segmenting is done based on age, gender, economics, religion, and race. Tyrants target one group after another until they seize total control. History is filled with examples of this evil progression.
Liberty is lost by force and coercion. Onerous laws and regulations strip individual freedoms through the bogus justifications that government knows what’s best for you or is looking to ensure fairness.
Liberty is lost voluntarily when people willingly give up freedom in exchange for government dependence. When an individual is totally reliant on the government, they become an unwitting hostage. The government then controls virtually every aspect of their life by forcing compliance through the threat of eliminating their benefits.
A tyrannical regime intentionally puts citizens in a position where they are compelled to rely on government for their existence.
To read the entire story, see the April 3 edition of The Central Virginian.