Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty

Protect My Freedom by grassroothawaii
February 15, 2011, 10:59 am
Filed under: Limited Government

by Frances Nuar

What exactly is the role of government? Is it to hold our hands and lead us through life, telling us what is “bad” and what is “good” for us to do? Or is it to protect our individual rights and freedoms, as 59% of voters believe?

It seems like our government here in Hawaii takes the former view–mandating laws and proposing taxes on those things that are “bad” for us. Looks like the tax on alcoholic beverages is going to be raised after all, and not by a little bit either, but by a whopping 50%. Imagine going to the grocery store and everything had just doubled in price; it would be quite the shock to your shopping experience to say the least. The legislature was also considering a tax on sodas, but that one doesn’t look like it will make it through.

Or how about the bill (that failed) to ban toy guns? The bill would make it illegal to sell a toy gun to someone under the age of 18. Banning toy guns isn’t going to stop tragedies from happening–families and communities caring for each other will.

As Thomas Jefferson said:

“A free people claims their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as a gift from their chief magistrate.”

Government is here to protect our freedoms, it doesn’t give them to us, nor can it take them away. Time for our government to stop playing the parent. I will drink alcohol and soda if I please–maybe even together.


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